Blithe Spirit 1945 Rex Harrison Comedy Fantasy


To get background for a new book, author Charles and his second wife Ruth light-heartedly arrange for local mystic Madame Arcati to give a seance. Hilarious antics ensue!

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Blithe Spirit 1945 Rex Harrison Comedy Fantasy

Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond

Blithe Spirit features Kay Hammond and Margaret Rutherford in roles they created in an original production. Rex Harrison and Constance Cummings play the lead parts of Charles and Ruth Condomine.

Plot Summary

In Blithe Spirit, Novelist Charles Condomine  is seeking background material for a mystery he is working on. He invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his home to conduct a seance. During the seance Charles, his wife Ruth and their guests, George and Violet barely restrain themselves from laughing, Madame Arcati performs peculiar rituals and goes into a trance. Charles then hears the voice of his dead first wife, Elvira. When he discovers that the others cannot hear her, he passes off his odd behavior as a joke. When Arcati recovers, she is certain that something extraordinary has occurred, but everyone denies it.

After Madame Arcati and the Bradmans have left, Charles is unable to convince Ruth that he was not joking. After Ruth retires for the night, Elvira becomes visible, but only to Charles. He becomes both dismayed and amused by the situation. Relations between Charles and Ruth become strained until he persuades Elvira to act as a poltergeist…

Product Information

  • Director: David Lean
  • Country: UK
  • Language: English
  • Production Co: Two Cities Films
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • Color: Color (Technicolor)
  • Sound: Mono
  • NTSC, Region 1 (US, Canada)
  • Bonus: Original Movie Trailer

Sample Video from Blithe Spirit


You may also enjoy The Uninvited, a Ray Milland Fantasy-Horror flick. For another fun comedy-fantasy, there’s Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. This little-known film is a delightfully whimsical fable.

Did you know?

Blithe Spirit is based on producer Noel Coward’s 1941 play of the same name. The title of is derived from the line “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert” in the poem “To a Skylark” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in




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