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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir


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The tv series starred Hope Lange (costar of the 1st Deathwish movie) as the haunted house's new renter and Edward Mulhare (who costarred in the "Our Man Flint" movie and a classic episode of The Outer Limits), as the ghost.
The movie starred Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.
First came the movie:
"Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s bittersweet, sparkling romance between a young widow and a sea captain’s ghost weaves a magical tale of immortal love. Determined to live her life the way she wants, newly widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) declines her straitlaced in-laws’ demand that she live with them and moves with her daughter Anna (a young Natalie Wood) to the seaside into an English cottage haunted by the handsome, blustering Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison). A deal is struck between the two in the wee hours of the morning allowing Lucy to stay in the house and the captain to materialize only in the master bedroom. As they gradually get to know each other better, Lucy’s spunk and stubbornness gains first the captain’s grudging respect, then his heart (he even helps her write a successful novel about his life, but ultimately, she is forced to choose between her love for this spirit, or a flesh-and-blood man). When the other (live) man woos Lucy, both must face that her future lies with the living, not in the spirit world. A timeless romantic favorite, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR subtly traces the complex development of friendship and love, themes that director Mankiewicz excels with in films such as A LETTER TO THREE WIVES and ALL ABOUT EVE, projecting a keen understanding of the tangled emotions and motives that compel people toward their fates. The film is based on the novel by R.A. Dick." It ends with her dying and walking off into the clouds with the Captain.
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Also stars: George Sanders, Edna Best, with Vanessa Brown, Anna Lee, Robert Coote
Composer: Bernard Herrmann

The TV series lasted two full years: the first 12 months on NBC and the remaining year on ABC. The cast was unchanged for both years, with a bigger ensemble cast than the movie. Hope Lange played widow Carolyn Muir (I don't know why they changed it from Lucy, TV did the same with The Incredible Hulk), and Edward Mulhare (see their bios on the bios page) as the 19th-century Captain. Also along are Mrs. Muir's two little children age 8 or 9, Candice and Jonathan; housekeeper Martha; dog Scruffy; and Captain Gregg's very nervous present-day nephew Claymore.
Claymore Gregg had been trying to rent his inherited haunted New England cottage, but the Captain's ghost kept scaring people away. Claymore (Charles Nelson Reilly) is already a very nervous fellow, and confrontations with the ghost scare him witless. But Mrs. Muir and her two kids aren't scared and don't bluff, and Scruffy just barks at the Captain, so a truce is established. For much of the series, housekeeper Martha is the only one in the cast who doesn't see the ghost. She is gruff with a heart of gold and eventually is let in on the secret.

The tv series ran on NBC from September 1968 to Sept. 1969 @ 8:30pm Saturdays following Get Smart. ABC moved it to Thursdays, followed by "That Girl" and Bewitched. Get Smart had also been cancelled by NBC that year, moving to CBS on Fridays.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

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