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It is not long before Angelica and Eva arrive with the news that Lucy's investment income has dried up, and they insist that Lucy move back to London with them.
After his ghostly eviction of the two women, Captain Gregg comes up with an idea to save the house: he will dictate his memoirs to Lucy, she will have them published and keep the royalties. During the course of writing the book they fall in love. Both realise it is a hopeless situation, and Daniel tells her she should find a living man to marry. In London, Lucy becomes attracted to suave Miles Fairley, a writer of children's stories under the pen name of "Uncle Neddy".
He connives an interview for her with his publisher. Despite a rocky beginning to the interview, the publisher is taken with the manuscript and agrees to publish the Captain's book. The Captain's racy recollections, published under the title Blood and Swash, become a bestseller, allowing Lucy to download Gull Cottage. Fairley follows her back to Whitecliff and begins a whirlwind courtship.
Captain Gregg, initially disgusted by their relationship, decides to cease being an obstacle to her happiness. While Lucy sleeps, Captain Gregg places the suggestion in her mind that she alone wrote the book and that he was just a dream. He suggests to her, "You must make your own life amongst the living and, whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbour in the end.
When Fairley sends a note cancelling a planned visit to Gull Cottage - saying he will be up in London for a few days - Lucy screws up the note she is writing to her publisher putting off her own London visit, to sign the book contract. After signing the contract, she obtains Fairley's London address from the office clerk and pays a surprise visit. There Lucy discovers that Miles is not only already married with two children, but also that this sort of thing has happened before with other women.
She leaves, heartbroken, and returns to Whitecliff to spend the rest of her life as a recluse with Martha to look after her.
In the course of a conversation with her mother, Anna reveals that she too had seen Gregg's ghost; it was her childhood companion.
I fell into this movie like a spoon into a bowl of mint chip. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is based upon a lean Victorian novel by Josephine Leslie who published under the name R. Dick in for fear of misogyny leading to no or low sales. The novel is a romantic ghost story, more novella than epic. Philip Dunne, one of the great screenwriters during the Golden Age of Hollywood, adapted the novel for the screen. Dunne was a master dramatist, keen and spare in his process.
He would take apart a novel, pulling threads from it like a lacemaker. Dunne would hold on to some characters, discard others, restructure timelines, winnow down scenes, remove some altogether, and add new ones to create the most powerful screen narrative from the source material. His dialogue is smart; at the time this was a necessary talent because so were the audiences.
His plots build with tension and surprise. Another of Mr. Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed with style and sensitivity. Dunne crafted the script to be as much about the art of writing and creativity as he did romantic love. Settings are always evocative and lush in a Dunne screenplay.
The very British Gull Cottage built by Hollywood craftsmen was an ideal movie setting, as it invited the audience into the world of the characters. The cottage was set high on a sunny cliff overlooking the ocean, with mon- key puzzle trees in the yard, a big kitchen, massive windows, and a spacious master bedroom on the second floor with a terrace outfitted with a telescope to watch ships and stars.
Okay, it was Malibu, but it looked like England through the lens of the great Charles Lang, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on this film. Dunne lived with his wife and daughters high on a cliff on the California coast overlooking the ocean much like Lucy Muir. Dunne writes every character with specificity, no matter the size of the role.
The crusty comebacks of the servant Martha played by Edna Best could have been considered throwaways, but in the hands of the accomplished screenwriter, they add texture and an au courant energy to the story. Every line packs a punch. Consider this exchange as the lady of the house climbs the stairs with her maid. I have nothing to show for all my years. I found myself watching the movie once a day through the final weeks of my pregnancy. At first, she indulged me, but by the time I went into labor, she had had her fill of the ghost, the cottage, and even Mrs.
Muir—with one exception. Women named Lucy are always being imposed upon.