Beautiful film about a widow living in a seaside cottage haunted by the ghost of the former owner, a sea captain.
It had been a long time since I had watched this film. I decided to rewatch it so I could write an essay about it and was charmed to discover this film’s beauty and timelessness has not abated.
Rex Harrison sparkles as Captain Daniel Gregg. His raw, ethereal sexuality shines alongside Gene Tierney’s beautiful Lucy Muir. In a time long before special effects were overused, this film does the human-ghost coupling rather well. With a touch of the Gothic, Harrison bursts onto the screen first as a very solid shadow, then as a very solid looking man.
The plot seems a little silly by comparison of modern film. There are no jump cuts. Just eeriness. Lucy and the captain grow closer over time but it is only through the bond of death which binds them together for eternity. I highly recommend you watch this film if you haven’t. Its well worth it, and you won’t be disappointed.
(image source: classicmoviestills.com).
George Sanders is memorable as Lucy’s love interest, Miles Fairley, and he plays a role that he was always playing in one form or another. There was a television series based on the movie released in the 1960s. I thankfully have not seen it – the actors are obviously not in their original roles – because I feel that it would just sully the perfect idyllic image I have in my mind, of this perfect film.
Similarly, this film always reminds me of my grandmother for some reason, because she lives in a house which had been built for a sea captain.
MY RATING: ****.5 / *****