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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Details


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, yet somehow attractive sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). When Lucy steadfastly refuses to be frightened by Captain Gregg, he takes a liking to her, and the two become close friends (in standard ghost-movie tradition, only Lucy can hear or see the Captain). Realizing that Lucy is in dire financial straits, the Captain offers to dictate his colorful memoirs to her, which she promptly parlays into a best-seller and a lasting literary career. Slowly but surely, Gregg falls in love with Lucy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 26, 1947


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles B. Lang Best Black and White Cinematography 1947 Nominee


Gene Tierney
as Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison
as Ghost of Capt. Daniel Gregg
George Sanders
as Miles Fairley
Isobel Elsom
as Angelica
Edna Best
as Martha Huggins
Natalie Wood
as Anna, as a child
Vanessa Brown
as Anna, as an adult
Helen Freeman
as Author
Robert Coote
as Coombe
Victoria Horne
as Eva
Whitford Kane
as Sproule
Anna Lee
as Mrs. Miles Fairley
Brad Slaven
as Enquiries
William Stelling
as Bill
David Thursby
as Sproggins
Heather Wilde
as Maid
Stuart Holmes
as Man on Train


Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Fred Kohlmar
Philip Dunne
Charles B. Lang
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
Dorothy Spencer
Richard Day
Art Director
George W. Davis
Art Director
Oleg Cassini
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Freericks
Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects