Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by RA Dick

Burdened by debt after her husband's death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain's story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.

Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted into a television sitcom in 1968, this romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond.

Release dates: June 26, 1947
Running time: 104 min.
Gene Tierney as Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison as Captain Daniel Gregg
George Sanders as Miles Fairley
Edna Best as Martha Huggins
Vanessa Brown as Anna Muir (as an adult)
Anna Lee as Mrs. Fairley
Natalie Wood as Anna Muir (as a child)
Robert Coote as Mr. Coombe
Isobel Elsom as Angelica Muir, Lucy's Mother-in-Law
Victoria Horne as Eva Muir, Lucy's Sister-in-Law
Helen Freeman as Author Displaced by Lucy
Stuart Holmes as Man ordered out of train compartment by Captain
Whitford Kane as Mr. Sproule

American Film Institute Lists
AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – #73
AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores – Nominated
AFI's 10 Top 10 – Nominated Fantasy Film

1947 Academy Award nomination for Cinematography

Author Bio:
R.A. Dick was the pseudonym of Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie, An Irish writer who wrote the 1945 novel The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The book was made into a movie in 1947 starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders and Natalie Wood. It was also a television series in the 1960's. She also wrote The Devil and Mrs Devine.



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