Movies From the Hat 7 – #6 – SG’s Pick – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

This is my 3951st Review

Thanks to SG of Rhyme and Reason for this recommendation.

Here are his thoughts on the film.

“You must make your own life amongst the living and, whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbor in the end.” – Captain Daniel Gregg

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A widow and her young daughter move into a seaside house that is supposedly haunted by a gruff sea captain.

My Take on it – This was a film that I heard about years ago, but as with so many films, I just never got around to watching it.

Thankfully, SG was adamant that I finally see this film.

I was actually quite surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it.

Loved the way that they have characters having numerous conversations with different characters simultaneously.

This actually reminded of one of my favorite TV shows, Quantum Leap (which SG also happens to mention in his review…great minds) where Sam would talk to both Al and other characters who were sometimes confused as to what he was truly talking about.

Whenever a similar situation would occur in this film, it would bring a smile to my face recalling that great show.

This kind of dialogue is great to listen to and one must truly be paying attention in order to grasp the genius of it all.

This film largely works due to the amazing chemistry between Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison who despite a temporal wall between them not allowing them to touch one another, still manage to give us a situation where we truly can believe their friendship and how much they care for one another.

This film’s premise (which was adapted from a novel by R.A. Dick) has become the basis for many other stories told via books, movies or tv shows over the past 71 years since it came out.

Bottom Line – Very surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. The way that they have the characters interact is great because you really need to pay close attention since not everyone is addressing everyone else in the room.  There are scenes that reminded me of Quantum Leap which brought a smile to my face. The chemistry between Tierney and Harrison despite the temporal wall between them is great and we can easily see how great they are together. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gene Tierney’s first approach to the character of Lucy Muir was playful, almost screwball. After a conference between Darryl F. Zanuck and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the first two days shooting were redone so that Tierney could give the character more depth. The change resulted in huge critical acclaim for the actress. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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4 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #6 – SG’s Pick – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

  1. A beautifully done love story where the lovers fall in love with one another while never meeting in life and walk off into eternity together after death. M’dear.


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