Tagline – THE SPIRIT… so willing! THE FLESH… so weak! THE ROMANCE… so wonderful!
Starring – Gene Tierney (Lucy Muir), Rex Harrison (Capt. Daniel Gregg), George Sanders (Miles Fairley), Edna Best (Martha Huggins), Natalie Wood (Anna Muir).
Released – June, 1947
Directed By – Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Description – In England, during the early 1900’s, young widow Lucy Muir, her daughter Anna, and their maid Martha move into Gull Cottage located in the seaside village of Whitecliff. The move has caused a rift in the family with Lucy’s mother-and sister-in-law.
The unpopular move comes with another hitch… the cottage is said to be haunted by, the not so friendly former owner, Captain Daniel Gregg. But, who believes in ghosts? Well, Lucy sure does as she is visited by the ghostly apparition the very first night.
The experience turns out to not be as frightening as one might expect. Captain Gregg, while certainly a bit roguish, is harmless and after a bit of coaxing promises to make himself known only to Lucy as she feels her daughter is too young to encounter a ghost.
Having a male ghost haunt your bedroom takes a little getting used to for Lucy, but the pair soon become friends. Lucy has been supporting herself and her daughter with investment earnings and the funds are running low.
Captain Gregg has the idea to dictate his memoirs to Lucy for her to publish into a book titled Blood and Swash. The captain’s entertaining revelations should cause the book to be a huge success with the earnings more than enough to allow Lucy to keep the cottage.
However, during the course of writing the book, the pair seem to be falling in love. Realizing a love affair with a ghost has no future, Gregg tells Lucy that she should bestow her love on a real man.
During a visit to a book publisher in London, Lucy meets, and is attracted to, children’s book author Miles Fairley. In the publishing world, Miles is known as “Mr. Neddy” whose success is enough to get Lucy an interview with the publisher. The interview goes well and Blood and Swash will be published.
When Lucy returns to Whitecliff, Miles follows and begins, what will be, a whirlwind courtship. Initially, Captain Gregg finds himself feeling jealous, but soon realizes that he must step aside and allow Lucy the opportunity to live her own happy life.
Miles returns to London for personal business and Lucy decides to pay him a surprise visit. The surprise is on her as she discovers that Miles is already married and has two children. To make matters worse, she also learns that he has a habit of doing this to many other women.
Heartbroken, she returns to spend the rest of her life in the cottage. Years pass, Anna gets older and meets a man of her own, and Lucy seems destined to live out the rest of her life alone.
NOTABLE: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir received an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White.
Originally, actress Gene Tierney brought a playful attitude to the character of Lucy Muir. After a conference with Darryl F. Zanuck and Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, it was decided that her approach be changed to give more depth to the character. The change was a good one as the portrayal by Gene Tierney received a great deal of critical acclaim.
The last name of “Muir” was a reference to the Gaelic meaning of “the sea,” as sailors were often said to be in love with, or married to, the sea.