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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Charming family classic is also thought-provoking.

Movie NR 1947 104 minutes
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This classic 1947 romance will charm both adults and children with its notion that spirits, when properly understood, can be helpful, kind, and even lovable. The dead and rather salty sea captain uses typical scare tactics to rid his house of strangers, but only until he finds a tenant that suits him. Lucy finds living with a ghost more quaint than frightening. It's the evolution of this peculiar friendship that makes the movie so endearing, and something that even a skittish youngster can enjoy without suffering from eventual nightmares.

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz steeps the story in atmosphere with the assistance of two Hollywood greats, cinematographer Charles Lang and Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo). Darkly romantic, with somber, thought-provoking moments, the movie is a far cry from the TV comedy series it inspired 20 years later.

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