The Ghost and Mrs Muir

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Apprentice work, comparatively speaking, not scripted by Mankiewicz himself (although he contributed), but still astonishingly characteristic in its airy philosophical speculations about the imagination and its role as a refuge when the salty ghost of a sea captain (Harrison) befriends a beautiful widow (Tierney) and intervenes to save her from the cad she is thinking of marrying. Leaning too heavily towards light comedy, Mankiewicz doesn't get the balance quite right, so that the tale of a romance tenuously bridging two worlds isn't quite as moving as it should be when reality ultimately reasserts its claims. A hugely charming film, nevertheless, beautifully shot (by Charles Lang), superlby acted, and with a haunting score by Bernard Herrmann.


Release details

104 mins

Cast and crew

Joseph L Mankiewicz
Philip Dunne
Gene Tierney
Rex Harrison
George Sanders
Edna Best
Vanessa Brown
Anna Lee
Robert Coote
Natalie Wood
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