I’m a bit of a rom com and chick flick fan and I’ve probably seen just about every film made in the genre from the past twenty plus years ( ok maybe not all of them but quite a few! ), So I thought I would delve a wee bit further into the past and get watching a few classics from the Silver Screen. I shall be updating my Love Film list and hopefully discovering some New Old romances and tearjerkers. But for now I shall share with you one of my favorite 40’s fantasy films The Ghost and Mrs Muir.
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) is the story of a young widow Lucy Muir played by the beautiful Gene Tierney, who flees her stifling snobby in laws with her young daughter. They find an old cottage by the sea called ‘Gull Cottage’ which no one has lived in for years as it is supposedly haunted.
Despite the estate agent telling Lucy that the ghost of a suicidal seafarer Captain Gregory ( Rex Harrison) has been scaring away any prospective tenants she decides not to be put off by this and endeavors to make it their home. Spooky goings on soon follow with the captain doing his level best to uproot the intruders.
Lucy however refuses to budge and Captain Gregory begrudgingly starts to admire the widow for her stubborn streak and they become friends.
When Lucy finds she is struggling for money the Captain decides to dictate his colourful life story to her in the hope that it will be published. They call the memoirs ‘Blood and Swash.’ As the two of them work on the book together they begin to realize they are falling in love. Lucy takes the manuscript to the publishers where it is hailed a big success.
At the publishers she meets a fellow author, Miles ( George Sanderson) who starts to call on her quite often….much to the Captains dismay. But knowing that a relationship is impossible between a ghost and a mortal the Captain convinces Lucy that she dream’t him up so she can be free to fall in love with a live person.
There’s more to the story so you shall have to rent this charming little film to see what happens next. Its the perfect movie to watch snuggled up under the duvet with a hot chocolate and the rain driving on the window panes outside. Let me know what you think. 🙂