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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir(1947)

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A condensed version of R. A. Dick's novel was published in the September 1945 issue of Ladies Home Journal under the title The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, June Lockhart was originally cast in the role of the adult "Anna," and Richard Ney was originally cast in the role of "Miles Fairley," but was forced to withdraw from the production due to a conflict with his shooting schedule for Ivy. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck originally wanted John M. Stahl to direct the film. In a June 24, 1946 memo to producer Fred Kohlmar and screenwriter Philip Dunne, Zanuck expressed his admiration for Stahl's work on Holy Matrimony , a film he felt had "exactly the same type of English humor and sentiment" as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Zanuck went on to endorse Norma Shearer for the role of "Lucy." "Many people, including [Twentieth Century-Fox president] Spyros Skouras, believe that Norma Shearer has one great picture left in her yet," he wrote, "and that she would make the same comeback that Joan Crawford made last year [in Mildred Pierce]. She is certainly no deader than Joan was."
       Some scenes in the film were shot on location in Palos Verdes, CA. Additional footage for process plates was shot in Monterey. An February 11, 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item reports that production was suspended when Gene Tierney broke her foot in an accident. She completed the filming with a cast on her leg, which was covered by the long period skirts required for the role. Charles Lang, Jr. was borrowed from Paramount for this production. His work on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White). The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on December 1, 1947, with Madeleine Carroll and Charles Boyer in the starring roles, and on Screen Directors' Playhouse on August 16, 1951, again with Boyer as "Capt. Gregg." On October 17, 1956, the story was adapted as a segment of The Twentieth Century-Fox Hour on CBS-TV, under the title "Stranger in the Night." Joan Fontaine and Michael Wilding starred. Twentieth Century-Fox later produced a television series, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which starred Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare and Charles Nelson Reilly. The series, which was updated to modern New England, ran on NBC network for the 1968-69 season, then switched to the ABC network for the 1969-70 season.