22 July, 2014

Quick Movie Review

Posted by Socrates in movie reviews, movies, Socrates at 1:46 pm | Permanent Link

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947, B&W, starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney).

Circa 1900, a young widow (played by Tierney) rents a house on the seashore, but the house is haunted by a sea captain’s ghost (played by Harrison). Good acting, good aesthetics, sentimental but not too sentimental. A better-than-average movie.

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  7. 7 Responses to “Quick Movie Review”

    1. Tim McGreen Says:

      I’ve never seen this film because I thought it would be just another old, run-of-the-mill Hollywood production with the usual stock characters, writing and acting. But if Soc recommends it then perhaps I should check it out.

      I vaguely remember the NBC TV series of the same title from the late 1960s, starring Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare and veteran celebrity game-show personality Charles Nelson Reilly (on whom the space alien Roger in FOX’s “American Dad” animated series is no doubt based). I also seem to remember that show generated a little controversy because it was implied that Mrs. Muir and the Ghost were “living together” as an unmarried couple. Surprisingly, there are still a few “taboos” left on American broadcast television to this very day, although it’s just a matter of time before they’re all gone.

    2. Thom McQueen Says:

      There have been cases of people having sex with ghosts. It is more common than you think.

    3. Thom McQueen Says:

      But I have not yet heard of any homosexual ghosts, true enough! Maybe the passing from the flesh cures them? Worthy of a grant by some institution to study this.

    4. DMS Says:

      Roger in “American Dad” is modeled after Paul Lynde, not Charles Nelson Reilly.

    5. Tim McGreen Says:

      DMS, I believe you are correct, but I still think there’s some Charles Nelson Reilly influences in Roger. Lynde and Reilly were just about the only flamboyantly homosexual TV personalities around back in the ’70s. But they weren’t repulsive the way that most homos today are.

    6. Thom McQueen Says:

      Since Lynde is now a ghost, he is cured of his homosexuality.

    7. Howdy Doody Says:


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