Blithe Spirit | 1945 | Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings

Blithe Spirit | 1945 | Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings

In this adaptation of the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit, Rex Harrison is Charles Condomine, a novelist happily married to his second wife, Ruth. Happy, that is, until a seance meant to find material for his next book causes the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, to materialize. Margaret Rutherford’s turn as eccentric medium Madame Arcati is one of her most memorable. Coward himself collaborated on the screenplay. Here, Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford reprise the roles they began on the London stage.

This was also the last film that Ronald Neame is credited as cinematographer – he would later become a director, and is best known for The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Academy Award for Best Special Effects.

cast
Rex Harrison as Charles Condomine
Constance Cummings as Ruth Condomine
Kay Hammond as Elvira Condomine
Margaret Rutherford as Madame Arcati
Hugh Wakefield as Dr. George Bradman
Joyce Carey as Violet Bradman
Jacqueline Clarke as Edith
Marie Ault as Cook (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield as R.A.C. Man Directing Traffic (uncredited)
Noël Coward as Narrator (uncredited)

crew
Director: David Lean
Script: David Lean, Noël Coward, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan

UK | 96 minutes | 1945

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