About The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
(1968-1970, NBC and ABC)
How do you adapt one of the most romantic films of all time for television? That was the challenge for The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, the 1947 period piece that became a TV series in 1968. The solution: update the action from turn-of-the-century England to contemporary Maine and put a lighthearted spin on a melancholy love story.
Hope Lange takes on the role of Carolyn Muir, a widowed writer who moves into seaside Gull Cottage with her two young children. Edward Mulhare is Capt. Daniel Gregg, a roguish seaman who lived – and died – in the house. Reta Shaw is the wisecracking nanny and the hilarious Charles Nelson Riley plays Carolyn’s landlord, a descendent of the Captain. The New England setting also allowed for a collection of colorful townies, including housepainter Mr. Peevy (Guy Raymond).
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir moved from NBC to ABC after season one and faded out following the second season, despite two Emmy Awards for Lange. Fans won’t be disappointed by the finale, though, which offers a decidedly different happy ending than the movie.
Notable guest stars:
Alice Ghostley, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Bixby, Jane Wyatt, Yvonne Craig, William Daniels, Elisha Cook Jr., Eileen Brennan, Danny Bonaduce, Dabs Greer, Shelley Fabares, Jack Gilford, Jonathan Harris, Ed Begley, Cecil Kellaway, Harry Nilsson, Avery Schreiber
Produced by Gene Reynolds, Stanley Rubin and Howard Leeds. Developed by Jean Holloway, based on the 1945 novel by R.A. Dick.