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Blithe Spirit

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.50 /10
Rex Harrison , Kay Hammond , Constance Cummings
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Directed by: David Lean
Written by: Noel Coward from his own play

Released: 1945
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 96


Elvira (Kay Hammond, pictured left), a mischievous ghost, returns to haunt her novelist ex-husband (Rex Harrison, pictured right) and his new spouse (Constance Cummings).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Critics in 1945 were quick to point out that the film resembled a stage production, and argued that Rex Harrison strolled through the film with an insouciance that diminished the little suspense there is. However, this supernatural comedy has stood the test of time, thanks to the great Margaret Rutherford, at her best as an eccentric medium (pictured centre), and Kay Hammond's delightfully naughty Elvira. (And Harrison's much-criticised performance looks pretty good to me.) Director David Lean went on to direct more cinematic movies, but none with more wit and humour. The excellent special effects won Tom Howard an Academy Award. It's one of the best ghost movies of all time.
"(To Rex Harrison, after seeing the film) After me, you're the best light comedian in the world."
(Noel Coward)

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