The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
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Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. Gene Tierney plays turn-of-the-century widow Lucy Muir, who escapes her impossible in-laws by moving into an old house on the English seacoast. Despite the warnings of realtor Combe (Robert Coote) that the house might be haunted, the tenacious young widow calmly establishes residence with her young daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and housekeeper Martha (Edna Best) in tow. Sure enough, the place is haunted by the spirit of its previous owner-a bombastic, profane,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' easily could have stumbled into melodrama or dramedy. It works as well as it does because of understatement, and it's still a charming and captivating film more than 60 years later."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It didn't move me as much as I think it should have."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[A] charming tale of two lost and lonely souls, one of which just happens to be dead, who take some grudging comfort in each other's presence."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Most notable for its effortless shifts in tone, starting out as a charming comedy before segueing into a melodrama ... and finally erupting as a deeply affecting tragedy capped by a redemptive ending."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"[Tierney's] her somewhat stiff presence seems appropriate to the formality of the period while her astonishing beauty is only enhanced by the many layers of clothing women were expected to wear at the time."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Top fantasy film of any time; featuring Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney."
‑ Steve Crum,
"An out-of-this world love story; Tierney was never more beautiful; Harrison never as rugged or handsome. A timeless treasure."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"While a product of the Hollywood studio system, the film is a remarkable piece of thoughtful moviemaking for adults."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Charming family classic is also thought-provoking."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Classic fantasy with charming, haunting performances"
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Lyrical, touching romance, carmingly old-fashioned"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"...director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1947 postwar love letter to the world."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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