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From the first note of the introduction music, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" captivates me and draws me into a world of the past. Gene Tierney is beautiful and her features are even more pronounced in black and white movies.
This young widow, Mrs. Muir, mystifies me with her strength and courage to survive in a time when women were "strange" if they remained single.
After a year of mourning her husband's death, she and her daughter, Anna, move away from her domineering sister-in-law and her mother-in law to live at the seaside.
Against the advice of the realtor, she rents Gull Cottage, a home that is haunted by it's previous owner, a deceased sea captain.
This movie speaks to the eternal romantic!
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Gene Tierney & Rex Harrison
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She isn't living in Gull Cottage for long before Captain Gregg makes his presence known. Even after "showing" himself to Mrs. Muir, she is not scared away.
A friendship between these two is quickly cemented and a lifetime of a rather odd relationship ensues. They have conversations that no one else can hear and Captain Gregg dictates a book to Mrs. Muir in order to provide a living so she can stay at Gull Cottage and remain independent.
There are a few scenes that I find extremely entertaining. Even after seeing it dozens of times, I still laugh out loud when an unseen Captain Gregg "escorts" Mrs. Muir's rude in-laws out of Gull Cottage and another time when he releases the brake on the visiting realtor's automobile.
I never hear the nickname "my dear" that I don't think of Captain Gregg.
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Not only was she born into affluence, but she was blessed with great beauty. Naturally graced with gentle features and demeanor, her appearance made her the perfect choice for the black & white classic movies, especially the mysteries that required exceptional acting and the ability to communicate with just a look.
Even though they are beautiful in the black and white photos, what we can't see is the real color of her gorgeous green eyes.
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Available on Amazon.comSir Rex Harrison was the perfect male actor for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. He seems to have a natural aloft demeanor. Coupled with is dark, brooding appearance, one could easily envision him as the captain of a ship.
During his sixty years of acting, Rex Harrison appeared in theaters on and off Broadway, as well as in movies made in both America and Britain.
Harrison was not limited to any stereotype. He starred in quite a variety of plays and films, including comedy acts. You may remember him best as Dr. Doolittle or perhaps as the King of Siam, but for me, he will always be Captain Gregg.
What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree
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Since I had no idea what a Monkey Puzzle tree looked like, I was intrigued and looked it up. Personally, I find it fascinating. Sorry, Gene, I have to side with Rex on this one.
Here is what Wikipedia says: "Araucaria araucana (Monkey-puzzle) is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. It is native to central Chile and west central Argentina, and is an evergreen tree growing to 40 m tall and 2 m trunk diameter. Because of the species' great age it is sometimes described as a living fossil. Araucaria araucana is the national tree of Chile."
You can read more about the Monkey Puzzle tree at Wikipedia.org
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