Joseph Mankiewicz's moody classic is less ghost story than romantic fantasy, a handsome 1947 drama of impossible love. Independent young widow Lucy Muir (the luminous Gene Tierney), desperate to escape her uptight in-laws, falls in love with a grand seaside house and moves in, only to discover the cantankerous ghost of the hot-tempered Captain Gregg (a histrionically flamboyant performance by Rex Harrison). Lucy refuses to let the bombastic captain frighten her away, earning his respect, his friendship, and later his love. They team up to turn the captain's salty memoirs... into a bestseller, but as his affection grows he fades away, leaving Lucy free to undertake a more worldly suitor, notably a charismatic children's author (George Sanders at his smarmy smoothest) with his own guarded secret. Charles Lang's melancholy black-and-white photography and Bernard Herrmann's haunting score set the tone for this sublime adult drama, and Tierney delivers one of her most understated performances as the resolute Mrs. Muir. Mankiewicz turns this ghost story into a refreshingly mature and down-to-earth romance. --Sean Axmaker [show more]
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Determined to live her life the way she wants newly widowed Lucy Muir declines her straightlaced in-laws demand that she live with them and moves with her daughter to the seaside into a cottage haunted by the handsome blustering Captain Gregg A deal is struck between the two in the wee hours of the morning allowing Lucy to stay in the house and the captain to materialize only in the master bedroom As they gradually get to know each other Lucy&39;s spunk and stubborness gains first the captain&39;s grudging respect then his heart But when another man woos Lucy both must face that her future lies with the living not the in the spirit world
Classic comedy starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney. Recently widowed Lucy Muir (Tierney) decides to make a clean start with her daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and moves out of her in-laws' home in London heading to the English seaside where she finds a quaint cottage available for rent. When the estate agent informs her that the cottage is haunted by the ghost of the former owner, she dismisses the claim and resolves herself to make the most of her new life. When Lucy comes face-to-face with the spirit of sea captain Daniel Gregg (Harrison), she maintains her courage, refusing to be scared of him. As the unlikely pair find common ground, friendship blooms and Daniel encourages Lucy to move on with her life and find a new husband. But he will have to meet Daniel's high standards first...