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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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I love my daily hunt for the new and different, but sometimes, you just need a dose of something reassuringly familiar. Today, we’re taking a look back at the TV show completely convinced me that ghosts are real (and kind of foxy), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The late 1960s classic sitcom was based on a 1947 movie of the same name starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.

In case you aren’t familiar with the plot, it is based in a seaside town in Maine and takes place in a house whose current occupants must share their space with the ghost of the former tenant, a 19th century sea captain. The family consists of a charming widow (played in the TV show by Hope Lang), her two tow-headed, blue-eyed children, the salty-tongued housekeeper (Reta Shaw), and a most excellent family dog. The ghost is played by Edward Mulhare, and a youngish Charles Nelson Reilly plays Claymore Gregg, the captain’s great-nephew who rents the cottage to Mrs. Muir without telling her about the ghost.

Of course, hilarity ensues, but what really fascinated me about the program was the romantic/sexual tension between the widow and the ghost. In retrospect, it’s kind of a creepy premise for a family show, but somehow, it just worked. One of my favorite things about the show was the wonderful old house in which it took place. Alongside my maternal grandmother’s house, I have often credited this show with my love of old houses. Every time I enter one, some small part of me still hopes there’s a ghost within who will want to make friends.

As with all YouTube pirated copies of things, I’m not sure how long these videos will last, but currently, you can watch the entire series for free. The videos have been up for more than 6 years, so maybe they’ll hang around long enough for me to rewatch them all!

You can watch the series on YouTube here.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

21 thoughts on “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

  1. Never watched the show but the above posts are interesting. As suggest by a medical doctor, I talk to my wife on a regular basis. A big important decision, I ask her what I should do. Sit quietly and I get her answer. Works for me — Hal

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  2. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir! My sister and I loved that show – and I had forgotten all about it. And there is something about the soundtracks to those 60s comedies – just hearing the first few notes made me smile. Thanks!

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    • I had the same reaction to the soundtrack! It’s funny how music can take you back.

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      • I somehow came upon the you tube videos of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and also remember liking it as a young child close to Kellie’s and Harlen’s ages. While I initially didn’t remember the episodes themselves, I did remember the theme song and the handsome portrait of Captain Gregg. Watching the show again makes me smile after having a hard day as well.

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      • It’s such a great show! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. I had such a crush on the ghost when I was little.

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  4. Oh you lovely person you! I fell in love with that show too, and it’s stuck with me all these years. Never ever thought I’d have a chance to watch it again. Thank you. -massive hugs-

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  5. Ok, so I have to admit that I had never seen a single episode before now. I’ve heard of it, but it was a little before my time. I loved this first episode! Thank you, now I’m hooked.

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  6. I too always wanted a house like that. Another old TV house I loved was from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.

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  7. This show came up unexpectedly in my YouTube feed a couple of months ago. I LOVED it in 1968, and happily binge watched the whole thing. The acting is superb. I then went looking for everything the cast did afterward. I saw Hope Lange in Blue Velvet, and Charles Nelson Reilly was a game show fixture and then made the film of his play about his life. I remember when Hope Lange and Charles Nelson Reilly passed, RIP. There’s surprisingly little about Edward Mulhare, apart from Knight Rider and some guest spots. He must have kept a low profile, for some reason. Hollywood actors usually promote like mad. No Carson appearances, which Charles Nelson Reilly basically lived on. Only a couple of print interviews. I wonder why he never became an A-list movie star, showered with awards. Also no scandals, no gossipy stuff about relationships or work. He was really under the radar. I wonder if that strategy affected his career opportunities. RIP. He was truly exceptional.

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  8. I think Edward Mulhare’s very private nature did negatively impact his career. What I have gleaned indicates a very intelligent man who voraciously read. Enjoyed music, sporty cars which he enjoyed driving fast, sailing and tinkering w computers. He was stunning and enjoyed women (I am sure they enjoyed him too). He gave few interviews. He loved words and treated his career like a career not as life not defining himself by his acting career. Undoubtably that decision kept him from the attention professionally but indicated a sensibility about whom he wanted to be. I have found no bad report or scandel and in Hollywood and in theater if you had any nasties they surfaced To paraphrase an interview it appears he was searching for someone whom he would not choose to live without. In another interview he indicated that when he found a lady he thought was the one there was no money and when there was in needed income there was no lady whom he thought was the one. I found no evidence of drunkeness a d he did not kiss and tell nor did those he kissed. There is a quote from him that he had a number of happy love affairs. He claimed to have a temper and preferre his solitude. I totally understand that choice. He was an excellant actor. Always described as a gentleman, professional and nice. Maddening for the curious but delicious to those of us who enjoy privacy. At the end of the day he was handsome to the end of his life. MY favorites were as Captain Greg and hi last movie what a gorgeous silver haired man. His eyes were beautiful and on occasion I thing you saw Edward in glimpses. In an interview he said it was easier to express emotions in his acting roles but in real life he felt it was more difficult. Some of the last pictures before he passed you can see sorrow in those magnificent eyes. I thank him a d Hope for their performances in Ghost and Mrs Muir it was a sweet retreat where grown ups were kind and loving w the kids and with each other.

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