''The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'' is a 1947 Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox film adapted from a 1945 novel by R. A. Dick (the pseudonym of Josephine Leslie), directed by Creator/JosephLMankiewicz and starring Creator/RexHarrison and Creator/GeneTierney. It is perhaps most notable for its score, composed by Music/BernardHerrmann.

Lucy Muir (Tierney), newly widowed, has had it with her domineering in-laws and decides to settle the issue by moving herself, her daughter Anna (Creator/NatalieWood), and faithful maid Martha (Edna Best) to Whitecliff-by-the-Sea, a charming coastal village somewhere in [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] England. Gull Cottage, a beautiful if slightly run-down house on top of the bluffs, is for rent, and the asking price extraordinarily cheap. The agent, however, is none too keen about the idea of someone living in the house, and it is not too long after moving in that Lucy finds out why.

The late Captain Daniel Gregg (Harrison), the builder and former owner of the house, has not quite gotten around to moving out, despite being... dead. A cantankerous and blustery ghost, his attempts to move Lucy and her family out prove futile and short-lived, as he quickly falls in love with the beautiful widow, and she with him. Their cozy, if unusual, domestic arrangement is threatened when Lucy meets Miles Fairley (Creator/GeorgeSanders), a suave author and veteran charmer. Fairley is interested, Daniel is jealous, and Lucy has a difficult decision to make. [[spoiler:Daniel makes the choice for her, and bows out of her life so she may pursue her own existence, only reappearing to her after she dies of old age.]]

''The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'' is hard to categorize: part romance, part tragedy, part supernatural, part drama, part comedy. There's loads of room for AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, but the plot is a permutation on a common story: boy meets girl, and they fall in love.

The film was adapted as a FantasticComedy TV sitcom in the late 1960s, shifting the setting to contemporary Maine. Edward Mulhare starred as Captain Gregg, with Hope Lange as his mortal love interest (renamed "Carolyn Muir"). Much was made of the comedic hijinks of Captain Gregg's surviving great-nephew, the venal and cowardly Claymore Gregg (Charles Nelson Reilly). Popular character actress Reta Shaw played the part of Martha.

!!Tropes used in ''The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'' include:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: Daniel decides to call Lucy "Lucia" because he thinks it fits her better.
* BeautifulDreamer: Lucy when Daniel [[spoiler:alters her memory.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Lucy finally ends up with Daniel, but she had to die first.]]
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Inverted. Lucy Muir, the new homeowner, meets Daniel Gregg, the ghost of a Sea Captain.
* CulturedBadass: Daniel quotes Keats and is quite eloquent while dictating his memoirs.
* CuteButCacophonic: How Lucy sort of ends up under Daniel's influence, especially what with picking up his swearing habits.
* DamselInDistress: Subverted. Lucy's not helpless, but Daniel thinks she is.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lucy and Daniel fit this trope to a T.
* DeadPersonConversation: Basically the entire movie.
* DeterminedWidow: Lucy is determined to live her own life in the manner that she chooses.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Lucy (though she does still have three freckles). This has give no hint about her character, though, as it was merely the favored beauty-type of TheEdwardianEra and the late 1940s.
* FriendToAllChildren: Years after Lucy warned Daniel to stay away from her daughter because she was too young to be haunted, she finds out that he and her daughter used to hang out and chat all the time. Might be why he knew her reading tastes, though he is a ghost and seems privy to all sorts of information nobody told him anyway.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Lucy argues with Daniel about a certain word he's dictated, and when he asks what word she uses instead, she claims she doesn't have a need to. Finally, she types out four letters.
* HandsomeLech: Miles Fairley. Also turns out to be something of a {{Jerkass}}, considering [[spoiler:he's already married]]. Ironically, after this secret is revealed he comes off as much more pathetic, perhaps a CasanovaWannabe.
* HauntedHouse: The house Lucy selects is cheap because Daniel has been frightening away all potential tenants.
* InnocentCohabitation: Lucy balks at the idea of Daniel staying in the master bedroom, but he insists it's fine because he's a spirit. (Though it doesn't stop him from remarking on her figure.)
* IWillWaitForYou: Subverted. Oh so subverted. [[spoiler:Though Lucy has forgotten Daniel's existence, in her later years she appears to be waiting for him. Then, on her death, he does reappear -- so this may be a rare case of IWillWaitForYou from a man.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: When Daniel sees that Lucy is falling in love with Miles Fairley, he's initially jealous but [[spoiler:decides to remove himself by making her forget that he exists, and that the biography she wrote of him really did come from her own imagination, because it's only right that she be with a living man rather than a ghost]].
* JacobMarleyApparel: Subverted. Daniel appears as Lucy sees him in the portrait, though that may well have been what he was wearing when he died. [[spoiler:Also Lucy, who dies an old woman in her nightgown and appears thereafter a young woman in one of the dresses of her youth.]]
* LadykillerInLove: Daniel mentions three women mourning his death. And then he meets Lucy.
%% * LastGirlWins
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Lucy, if one subscribes to her AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: The mentor's already dead!
* MonsterRoommate: A cranky ghost of a sea-captain.
* TheMourningAfter: Invoked, averted, subverted.
* NeverSuicide: It's a point of honor with Daniel that he didn't kill himself. Not that what actually killed him is more noble.
* OppositesAttract: A prim and mannered widow with a rough (and dead) sea-captain.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Daniel can throw objects, can only be seen or heard by people he chooses, and can use psychic suggestion on sleeping people.
* PluckyGirl: Lucy is brave and dogged, in her prim way.
* SeadogBeard: Daniel sports one.
* SecondLove: Daniel is Lucy's. What she says about her late husband suggests that she was questioning her choice of first love, too.
* SilkHidingSteel: Lucy's proper exterior is a sheen over a determination to get what she wants and a willingness to lecture ghosts into submission.
* SirSwearsALot: Daniel (by Edwardian standards). When Lucy objects to his using the word "blast" as punctuation, he says that his thoughts are a good deal saltier.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: InUniverse, Miles Fairley's "Uncle Neddy" books. He considers them such himself and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney only writes them because they sell]]. Lucy claims that her daughter's a fan because she likes him, but Anna can't stand them.
* TimeSkip: A couple of them toward the film's end.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Lucy and Daniel at the end.]]