Monday, December 22, 2014
284 of 1001 Movies: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Summary: Lucy Muir is a widow who want to get away with her daughter from her controlling in-laws. In a big movie she purchases a house by the shores of the beach to move to. Her in-laws think this idea is crazy, but Ms. Muir is going through with it. Upon arriving she receives a warning about the property but wants to purchase anyway. After moving in the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg begins trying to spook her out except he finds she isn't very scared. The two grow closer, but with boundaries to the relationship someone might have to let go, and the person it might have seemed easiest to let go, may have a harder time than predicted.
On top of that you have good acting from the cast. Rex Harrison is the captain, and while he seems a bit stiff in his role, and a little easy to predict, he still brings out the toughened captain, softened by a woman whole essence well. A little chessy? Yes.
Without special effects then to make us think of the captain as a ghost, they do a good job of casting the mood instead to create his presence as one. The movie does throw in the unexpected twist to the story line to keep things interesting, but for the most part it's a lot of dialogue and moving slowly with each scene. The director captures the growing feelings between these two well though,and leaves us wondering how it might progress.