With Halloween almost upon us I was initially going to watch a typical Halloween-esque film tonight but then I decided to rewatch another of my favorite love stories, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir from 1947 starring Gene Tierney as Lucy Muir and Rex Harrison as The Ghost, Captain Gregg. I suppose it's kind of appropriate for Halloween since there is a ghost in it- but it's far from a ghoul fest and it's far from a horror film!
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir opens in turn of the century London. A young widow, Lucy Muir informs her inlaws that she wishes to move with her daughter and maid to the seaside and expects to live off her late husband's income from stocks in a Gold Mine.
Upon arriving, she realizes that her budget restricts her to Gull Cottage- a home that's been abandoned for 4 years since the apparent suicide of it's owner, Captain Daniel Gregg. Although the real estate agent valiantly attempts to deter her from the property based on the rumor that it's haunted, the defiant Lucy decides the cottage is perfect for her and her daughter.
Almost immediately after she moves in, she's confronted with the specter of the Captain. An unlikely friendship evolves between the callous specter and Mrs. Muir- who soon earn each other's utmost respect.
Things go awry for Lucy however, when her inlaws inform her that her husband's gold mine stocks have crashed and she will be left without an income. Lucy couldn't think of anything worse than having to leave her seaside cottage and move back to London- can the Ghost come to her rescue?
A supernatural love affair blossoms between the Widow and the Ghost, 43 years before Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore hit the big screen with their box office smash.
Also featured in the film, is 9 year old Natalie Wood who plays Anna Muir, Lucy's daughter.
Overall, this film is absolutely beautiful. The backing music alone is stunning- and seems more suited to an epic or Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is perfectly cast and perfectly directed. It's a love story that transcends life and the after life.
Put your typical Halloween films on hold this year, and give The Ghost and Mrs. Muir a chance. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do!
It is currently available for viewing on Netflix.
Until next week, Stay Glamorous!