Thanks to watching all of my TV on the computer now I have discovered a whole world of new ways to view shows and movies. I can watch things on my schedule rather than on some networks. Who knew viewing mindless entertainment would get so easy?
One of the things I have discovered is old movies on youtube. Not to mention old TV shows. I had NO IDEA one could find things like this. This old dog is learning new tricks and so I am sharing in case I am not alone in this ignorance – although I am probably alone in this ignorance.
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One of the shows I used to love is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (youtube series link)- I know. What can I say? I am a romantic at heart. Much to my surprise I even learned there was a book on which the movie was based so of course I purchased it. It’s on my bookshelves somewhere. I read it many years ago and perhaps it’s time for a reread.
If you don’t know the story, here is the book synopsis:
- Burdened by debt after her husband’s death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted.
- Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg.
- Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain’s story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.
- Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted into a television sitcom in 1968, this romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond.
In addition to the old sitcom, which is entertaining but more comedy than romantic on the overall I also found the original movie. Now that is pure romance with a touch of comedy. If you have never seen it, I can highly recommend it for the old fashioned, sweet story that it is.
It never fails to leave me with a tear in my eye. Maybe two.
Edward Mulhare is delightful as the Captain in the TV show but Rex Harrison in the movie is somehow far more, I don’t know, believable and just plain sexier. It would be a wonderful diversion for a snowy day – cuddle up under a blanket with a cat in your lap and get lost in a wonderful love story.
You can even experience it as a radio broadcast.