Monday, September 10, 2012

199. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Oooo, now here is one I really like.  It is a beautiful mix of Ghost and well...something else.  Sorry, I have been doing this for over an hour.  My analogies are suffering.

Well, in any case, it is great.  The story centers on a widow who goes to live in a haunted house.  It is haunted by a sexy sailor (what luck; I would probably get some creepy twins) who wants her to write his story.  They fall in love, of course, and the romance is one of the best I have seen.

The acting, pacing, and plot are all great.  Pull out the tissues though; or if was my sister, you might just want to situate a bucket in front of yourself and just let it out.

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Muir means the sea in gaelic.

Gene Tierney originally played the role playfully but then decided to add more depth to the character by redoing her scenes.


  1. Thumbs up on this one. I like the Ghost analogy.

    1. Thank you. It clearly such a thought out reference!

  2. I didn't think this worked at all. Maybe this says more about me than the film? Rex Harrison seemed very miscast for the role, or at least had no connection with Gene Tierney as if he were filming his lines separately on a green screen and they were being put together with CGI in post-production. The way he dropped nautical references into his language as well as his general demeanour looked for all the world like a man who is putting on an act but actually gets seasick in the bath.

    Also odd at the end when the two of them pass the housekeeper on the stairs. They show not a flicker of concern for the fact that the poor old lady is about to go up to find her employer and only adult companion of fifty years is dead.

    George Sanders is always very good though.

    1. Yeah Rex Harrison always kind of rubs me the wrong way. I'm not sure why.