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The 1945 film adaptation was directed by Creator/DavidLean and starred Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. Creator/AngelaLansbury played Madame Arcati in a Broadway revival and recreated her role in the West End in 2014. In 1964, the play was adapted into a Broadway musical, ''High Spirits''; Coward co-directed the original production of it. A new film adaptation directed by Edward Hall and starring Creator/DanStevens and Creator/JudyDench will appear...[[UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic sometime, somewhere]].

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The 1945 film adaptation was directed by Creator/DavidLean and starred Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. Creator/AngelaLansbury played Madame Arcati in a Broadway revival and recreated her role in the West End in 2014. In 1964, the play was adapted into a Broadway musical, ''High Spirits''; Coward co-directed the original production of it. A new film adaptation directed by Edward Hall and starring Creator/DanStevens and Creator/JudyDench Creator/JudiDench will appear...[[UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic sometime, somewhere]].


The 1945 film adaptation was directed by Creator/DavidLean and starred Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. Creator/AngelaLansbury played Madame Arcati in a Broadway revival and recreated her role in the West End in 2014. In 1964, the play was adapted into a Broadway musical, ''High Spirits''; Coward co-directed the original production of it.

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The 1945 film adaptation was directed by Creator/DavidLean and starred Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. Creator/AngelaLansbury played Madame Arcati in a Broadway revival and recreated her role in the West End in 2014. In 1964, the play was adapted into a Broadway musical, ''High Spirits''; Coward co-directed the original production of it.
it. A new film adaptation directed by Edward Hall and starring Creator/DanStevens and Creator/JudyDench will appear...[[UsefulNotes/CoronavirusDisease2019Pandemic sometime, somewhere]].


* SpookySeance: A humorous but not unrealistic version. As Margaret Rutherford was a Modern Spiritualist, she was concerned that the play would make fun of her religion. It's Charles, Elvira and Ruth who are taken lightly, not spirit communication. Mme. Arcati's healthy practices reflect recommendations for mediums in those days. Even her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is TruthInTelevision.

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* SpookySeance: A humorous but not unrealistic version. As Arcati was created especially for Margaret Rutherford Rutherford, but Coward hadn't realized that she was a Modern Spiritualist, she was Spiritualist and concerned that the play would make fun of her religion. Initially Arcati was a fake who'd almost accidentally contacted dead people. Rutherford would have none of it and based her performance on real mediums. It's Charles, Elvira and Ruth who are taken lightly, not spirit communication. Mme. Arcati's healthy practices reflect recommendations for mediums in those days.days[[note]]Also Rutherford's love of bicycling; she used to ride her own bike onstage, braking neatly right before the footlights.[[/note]]. Even her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is TruthInTelevision.

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* SpookySeance: A humorous but not unrealistic version. As Margaret Rutherford was a Modern Spiritualist, she was concerned that the play would make fun of her religion. It's Charles, Elvira and Ruth who are taken lightly, not spirit communication. Mme. Arcati's healthy practices reflect recommendations for mediums in those days. Even her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is TruthInTelevision.


* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Inverted. As one of the characters in the LoveTriangle is DeadToBeginWith, her plan to solve the triangle is to kill Charles so he can be in the afterlife with her. So it's more like... Death of Everyone ''But'' the Hypotenuse.

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* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Inverted. As one of the characters in the LoveTriangle is DeadToBeginWith, her plan to solve the triangle is to kill Charles so he can be in the afterlife with her. So it's more like... Death of Everyone ''But'' the Hypotenuse. [[spoiler:And then Elvira accidentally causes the death of Ruth, the exact opposite of what she was aiming for.]]



* DeathAsComedy

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* DeathAsComedyDeathAsComedy: Elvira plots to kill Charles so that they can be together in the afterlife, [[spoiler:and he appears to be more annoyed at the fact she was trying to kill him than her having caused Ruth's death.]]


* MonochromeApparition: Depends on the production, but a common way to distinguish Elvira from the living characters is monochrome costume and make-up.

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* MonochromeApparition: Depends on the production, but a common way to distinguish Elvira from the living characters is monochrome costume and make-up. [[spoiler:Later on, Ruth often gets the same treatment.]]



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* TactfulTranslation: Frequently required whenever Ruth or Madame Arcati attempts to converse with Elvira and asks Charles to convey her responses. He almost never repeats Elvira's words exactly, usually softening them at least a bit and sometimes reporting what he'd have preferred she'd said instead of what she actually did.

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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The maid spends most of the play as apparently a comic relief bit part before Madame Arcati figures out that she has a natural aptitude as a medium which is responsible for Elvira's reappearance and continued presence.]]


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* TheMissusAndTheEx: With the added twist of the ex being an ex-wife not only in the usual sense but also in the "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus this is an ex-parrot]]" sense.
* MonochromeApparition: Depends on the production, but a common way to distinguish Elvira from the living characters is monochrome costume and make-up.


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* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: How Madame Arcati's familiar spirit communicates.

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* ISeeDeadPeople: Only Charles (and the audience) can see or hear Elvira, which initially causes some confusion when he reacts to her in the presence of others. [[spoiler:Later, the ghost of Ruth is initially only visible and audible to Elvira -- even the audience can only see Elvira's reactions.]]
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: From Creator/PercyByssheShelley's "To a Skylark".
* MultitaskedConversation: For the first few scenes after Elvira's return, misunderstandings abound as Ruth interprets everything Charles says to Elvira as addressed to her.


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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Charles, Elvira and Ruth all have serious character flaws that are exposed over the course of the play. As Coward pointed out, if any of them were sympathetic the situation would be too sad to be laughable.


Here Blithe Spirit refers to an upper-class farce written by British playwright Creator/NoelCoward, who claimed to have written the entire play beginning to end in five days. It premiered on West End in July of 1941. The original cast included Cecil Parker as Charles Condomine, an author/socialite who invites famed medium Madame Arcati, played by Margaret Rutherford, over for dinner and a seance in hopes of gathering research for his latest book. Things go awry when the spirit of his deceased wife, the temperamental and seductive Elvira, played by Kay Hammond is called back from the otherside. This intrusion proves to be somewhat upsetting to his current wife of five years, the rather stuffy Ruth, played by Fay Compton. HilarityEnsues.

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Here Blithe Spirit refers to ''Blithe Spirit'' is an upper-class farce written by British playwright Creator/NoelCoward, who claimed to have written the entire play beginning to end in five days. It premiered on West End in July of 1941. The original cast included Cecil Parker as Charles Condomine, an author/socialite who author/socialite, invites famed medium Madame Arcati, played by Margaret Rutherford, Arcati over for dinner and a seance in hopes of gathering research for his latest book. Things go awry when the spirit of his deceased wife, the temperamental and seductive Elvira, played by Kay Hammond is called back from the otherside. This intrusion proves to be somewhat upsetting to his current wife of five years, the rather stuffy Ruth, played by Ruth. HilarityEnsues.

The original cast included Cecil Parker as Charles, Margaret Rutherford as Madame Arcati, Kay Hammond as Elvira, and
Fay Compton. HilarityEnsues.
Compton as Ruth.



* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Inverted. As one of the characters in the LoveTriangle is DeadToBeginWith, her plan to solve the triangle is to kill Charles so he can be in the afterlife with her. So its more like... Death of Everyone ''But'' the Hypotenuse.

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* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Inverted. As one of the characters in the LoveTriangle is DeadToBeginWith, her plan to solve the triangle is to kill Charles so he can be in the afterlife with her. So its it's more like... Death of Everyone ''But'' the Hypotenuse.Hypotenuse.
* DeathAmnesia: Downplayed example; Elvira does remember some things about the afterlife, but claims that most of the details went vague when she was returned to the world of the living.


Adapted as a 1945 film directed by Creator/DavidLean and starring Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. A recent Broadway revival featured Creator/AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.

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Adapted as a The 1945 film adaptation was directed by Creator/DavidLean and starring starred Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. A recent Broadway revival featured Charles. Creator/AngelaLansbury as played Madame Arcati.Arcati in a Broadway revival and recreated her role in the West End in 2014. In 1964, the play was adapted into a Broadway musical, ''High Spirits''; Coward co-directed the original production of it.



* CelestialBureaucracy: Charles asks if there's anyone Elvira can talk to from... beyond... that can help get her back, hinting at some bureacratic way of going about it. She can't really remember, after crossing back over everything from before is a little fuzzy
** Elvira also complains about having had to fill in lots of forms to return to the world of the living for a visit.
* DeadToBeginWith: Elvira
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Inverted. As one of the characters in the LoveTriangle is DeadToBeginWith, her plan to solve the triangle is to kill Charles so he can be in the afterlife with her. So its more like... Death of Everyone but the Hypotenuse.

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* CelestialBureaucracy: Charles asks if there's anyone Elvira can talk to from... beyond... that can help get her back, hinting at some bureacratic way of going about it. She can't really remember, remember; after crossing back over everything from before is a little fuzzy
** Elvira
fuzzy. She also complains about having had to fill in lots of forms to return to the world of the living for a visit.
* DeadToBeginWith: Elvira
Elvira.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Inverted. As one of the characters in the LoveTriangle is DeadToBeginWith, her plan to solve the triangle is to kill Charles so he can be in the afterlife with her. So its more like... Death of Everyone but ''But'' the Hypotenuse.



* IAmVeryBritish: all except for Madame Arcati and Edith, the maid. Though portrayal varies from production to production, its rather difficult to read the dialogue and not want to speak as poshly as possible. Also Justified, as, well, its a Noel Coward play, and he wrote about the upper class.
* MurderByMistake: [[spoiler: Elvira sabotaged the car, intending to kill Charles so he would join her in the after life. Ruth used the car first.]]
* VehicularSabotage: Charles' first wife (who is a ghost) tampers with his brakes so he'll die and join her in the afterlife. But [[spoiler: unfortunately for all, it is Charles's second wife Ruth who drives the car and gets killed, turning her into a ghost too.]]
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* IAmVeryBritish: all All except for Madame Arcati and Edith, the maid. Though portrayal varies from production to production, its it's rather difficult to read the dialogue and not want to speak as poshly as possible. Also Justified, as, well, its it's a Noel Coward play, and he wrote about the upper class.
* MurderByMistake: [[spoiler: Elvira sabotaged sabotages the car, intending to kill Charles so he would join her in the after life. afterlife. Ruth used uses the car first.first...]]
* VehicularSabotage: Charles' first wife (who is a ghost) Elvira tampers with his the brakes of Charles's car so he'll die and join her in the afterlife. But [[spoiler: unfortunately for all, it is Charles's second wife Ruth who drives the car and gets killed, turning her into a ghost too.]]
too]].
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Adapted as a 1945 film directed by David Lean and starring Rex Harrison as Charles. A recent Broadway revival featured Creator/AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.

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Adapted as a 1945 film directed by David Lean Creator/DavidLean and starring Rex Harrison Creator/RexHarrison as Charles. A recent Broadway revival featured Creator/AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.


A recent Broadway revival featured Creator/AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.

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Adapted as a 1945 film directed by David Lean and starring Rex Harrison as Charles. A recent Broadway revival featured Creator/AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.


A recent Broadway revival featured AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.

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A recent Broadway revival featured AngelaLansbury Creator/AngelaLansbury as Madame Arcati.


Here Blithe Spirit refers to an upper-class farce written by British playwright NoelCoward, who claimed to have written the entire play beginning to end in five days. It premiered on West End in July of 1941. The original cast included Cecil Parker as Charles Condomine, an author/socialite who invites famed medium Madame Arcati, played by Margaret Rutherford, over for dinner and a seance in hopes of gathering research for his latest book. Things go awry when the spirit of his deceased wife, the temperamental and seductive Elvira, played by Kay Hammond is called back from the otherside. This intrusion proves to be somewhat upsetting to his current wife of five years, the rather stuffy Ruth, played by Fay Compton. HilarityEnsues.

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Here Blithe Spirit refers to an upper-class farce written by British playwright NoelCoward, Creator/NoelCoward, who claimed to have written the entire play beginning to end in five days. It premiered on West End in July of 1941. The original cast included Cecil Parker as Charles Condomine, an author/socialite who invites famed medium Madame Arcati, played by Margaret Rutherford, over for dinner and a seance in hopes of gathering research for his latest book. Things go awry when the spirit of his deceased wife, the temperamental and seductive Elvira, played by Kay Hammond is called back from the otherside. This intrusion proves to be somewhat upsetting to his current wife of five years, the rather stuffy Ruth, played by Fay Compton. HilarityEnsues.

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