THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947) B/W 104m dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
w/Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Edna Best, Vanessa Brown, Anna Lee, Robert Coote, Natalie Wood, Isobel Elsom, Victoria Horne
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "This is the story of a girl who falls in love with a ghost --- but not an ordinary spook. As the girl, Gene Tierney gives what undoubtedly is her best performance to date. It's warmly human and the out-of-this-world romance pulls audience sympathy with an infectious tug that never slackens. In his role as the lusty, seafaring shade, Rex Harrison commands the strongest attention.
"Philip Dunne's script lards the R.A. Dick novel with gusty humor and situations that belie the ghostly theme. Dialog makes full use of salty expressions to point up chuckles.
"Plot, briefly, deals with young widow who leaves London at turn of century for a seaside cottage. The place is haunted by its former owner, Capt. Daniel Gregg. The salty shade seeks to frighten the widow away but she's stubborn and stays. When her income is wiped out, the shade dictates to her his life story; she sells it as successful novel.
"George Sanders is in briefly, and effectively, as a married lothario who makes a play for the widow, much to Capt. Gregg's discomfort. Edna Best shows brightly as the widow's maid-companion. Natalie Wood, as the young daughter, is good, as is Vanessa Brown who becomes the grown-up Anna."
From The Movie Guide: "This fragile story would immediately collapse into implausibility were it not for the wonderful chemistry between Harrison and Tierney. In this, his second American film, Harrison is superb as the sharp-tongued, affectionate ghost and Tierney shines as his earthbound object of love. Bernard Herrmann's score is both whimsical and full of otherworldly lyricism. Remade in 1955 as STRANGER IN THE NIGHT."
The film received an Oscar nomination for Best B& W Cinematography (Charles Lang, Jr.).