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The Ghost And Mrs. Muir aired on NBC and then ABC from September 1968 until September 1970 and produced 50 episodes.
Somewhere along a desolate stretch of New England coastline, overlooking Schooner Bay, sat a charming little house known as Gull Cottage. It was charming except for one slight problem-it was haunted by the ghost of a previous owner, Capt. Daniel Gregg( Edward Mulhare), a 19th century sea captain. Every time his nephew Claymore ( Charles Nelson Reilly), the current owner, tried to rent the cottage to someone, the captain scared them off. Into Gull Cottage moved attractive widow Carolyn Muir ( Hope Lange) with her 2 young children Candice and Jonathon ( Kellie Flanagan, Harlen Carraher), their pet dog Scruffy, and Martha ( Reta Shaw), a housekeeper. The captain resented the invasion-Carolyn was sleeping in his bedroom-and he tried to scare them off. Eventually, however, they established a truce, and even developed a fondness for each other. The Ghost And Mrs. Muir was picked up by ABC for a second season after being canceled by NBC. Based on the 1947 movie starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.
Here's an article on the 1969 Emmy Awards from Time Magazine.
Emmys of Irony
Friday, Jun. 20, 1969 Article
It seemed to be just another Emmy awards ceremony, more smoothly mounted than in the past, but still the usual routine: M.C.s introducing guest presenters who introduced the winners. But there also were some moments spiked with irony and bitterness.
> Barbara Bain accepted her third Emmy for her role as the ladylike spy in the Mission: Impossible series. Then she took an unladylike poke at CBS and the series' production company, noting that "there are a couple of people I'd like not to thank. Since they know who they are, I won't name them." Reason for her ire: she has dropped out of the series in sympathy with her co-star and husband Martin Landau, and his reported demands for a pay hike.
Don Adams won his third Emmy as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as the bumbling spy in NBC's Get Smart. The show itself received an award for the Outstanding Comedy Series. The twist: NBC has dropped Get Smart horn next season's lineup. Yet another twist: CBS picked it up, and will continue it in the fall.
> Hope Lange was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, another series dropped by NBC. This one was rescued by ABC for next fall.
> Carl Betz, star of ABC's Judd for the Defense, won an Emmy as the Outstanding Actor in a Dramatic Series. But just as ABC picked up Mrs. Muir, it dropped Judd. No other network has taken on the show.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, recently dropped by CBS, won for Outstanding Comedy Writing.
>George Lefferts accepted his Emmy for producing Teacher, Teacher, NBC's touching drama about a mentally retarded child. He then turned and roundly scored the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for slighting 14-year-old Billy Shulman, the retarded youngster who had been nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role for his part on the show. The Academy had dropped the category altogether, instead gave Billy a special plaque. > The Dick Cavett Show, dropped by ABC from its morning listings because of low ratings (see following story), was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Programming Achievement.
Here is Rita Shaw's Obituary from The New York Times
Reta Shaw, Was Mabel In 'The Pajama Game'
Published: January 18, 1982
Reta Shaw, the chubby actress who pleased Broadway audiences in her comic role as Mabel in ''The Pajama Game'' in 1952, died in Encino Calif., on Jan. 8. She was 69 years old.
Miss Shaw had appeared also in ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,'' ''Picnic'' and ''Annie Get Your Gun,'' the last on tour with Mary Martin.
On television, she was seen with Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Andy Griffith and on the ''Mr. Peepers'' series, ''Armstrong Circle Theater,'' ''Alfred Hitchcock Presents'' and ''The Millionaire.''
She had featured roles in several motion pictures, including ''Picnic'' and ''The Pajama Game.'' Miss Shaw was a native of South Paris, Me., and a graduate of the Leland Powers School of the Theater in Boston. She was married to William Forester, an actor. She leaves a daughter, Kathryn Anne Forester of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and a sister, Marguerite Shaw of Bronxville, N.Y.
Here's Edward Mulhare's Obituary.
Edward Mulhare; TV, Film, Stage Actor
By Mack Reed
Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1997
Edward Mulhare, the lanky Irish character actor best known as the begrudging specter in television's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," died Saturday at home in Van Nuys after a five-month battle with long cancer. He was 74.
Mulhare left behind a rich resume well peppered with credits from stage, screen and TV, ranging from his turn on a London stage opposite Orson Welles' Othello to his recent work with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in "Out to Sea" due in theaters this July.
He played in musicals, road shows and TV series, switching readily from the haughty pomp of professor Henry Higgins as the first replacement for Rex Harrison in "My Fair Lady" to a variety of roles in early television dramas such as "Studio One" and "Kraft Theater."
"He was brilliant to the end," said spokeswoman and longtime friends Pegge Forrest. "That wit and humor and intelligence went just to the last minute. He was waking up from deep comas... and sayingsomething that would blow everybody away."
Mulhare began his acting career in Ireland at 19 and eventually moved to London, where he played in the 1951 production of "Othello" at the St. James Theater directed by Laurence Olivier.
When Rex Harrison bowed out of the lead in "My Fair Lady" after a one-year run on Broadway, Mulhare took over the role, Forrest said.
"He was a young man (in his 30's), way too young to play the part," siad Forrest, recalling the transformation Mulhare made into the imperious professor of dialect. "But he had a little bit of the look of Rex Harrison," and kept the role from 1957 to 1960, she said.
Mulhare went on to star in the "Devil's Advocate" and "Mary, Mary" on Broadway and later played Capt. Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.
He toured nationally with such shows as "Camelot," "My Fair Lady" and "Deathtrap" with lifelong friend Anne Rogers.
His television credits included appearances on "Murder, She Wrote," "MacGyver," "Outer Limits" and "The Ed Sullivan Show."
On the big screen, his credits included roles in "Von Ryan's Express," "Eye of the Devil," "Carprice" and "Our Man Flint."
Mulhare also performed from 1982 to 1986 in the TV series "Knight Rider" as Devon Miles, a mentor to the lead character played by David Hasselhoff.
His final television appearance came in December opposite Hasselhoff in "Baywatch Nights."
Mulhare returned from a trip to New York in January feeling ill, and was diagnosed with lung cancer soon thereafter, Forrest said. He had been a heavy smoker earlier in life; five packs a day until he quit in 1979, she said.
"When someone announced he was ill, he started getting fan mail from all these people who had seen 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' when they were kids, and now were in their 30s and 40s saying, 'We never missed your show,'" Forrest said.
Mulhare played Capt. Daniel Gregg, the ghost of a New England mariner who found himself the reluctant host to a recently widowed mother of two played by Hope Lange.
Mulhare was an avid reader, often devouring a book a day, and was fascinated by computers, including the five he tinkered with in his Van Nuys home, Forrest said.
Mulhare is survived by two brothers, Thomas and John, in County Cork, Ireland.
Plans for services are pending.
Here's Hope Lange's Obituary
From The Times
December 23, 2003
Actress who rivalled Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford in her heyday, but later concentrated on television drama
As a young actress making her film debut in the 1956 romantic comedy Bus Stop, Hope Lange possessed a beauty and intelligence that made Marilyn Monroe jealous. Monroe was already unhappy appearing with a leading man, Don Murray, who was younger than her. To have an attractive blonde newcomer on set as well was just too much for the temperamental diva. She sent a series of memos to the director and producers, even going so far as to suggest Lange be made to dye her hair brown.
Unlike Monroe, Lange got on well with the leading man after a brief romance she and Murray married. Lange went on to win an Oscar nomination for Peyton Place (1957), a portrait of American life based on the bestselling Grace Metalious novel, which would be dismissed as soap opera today but was considered extremely daring at the time. Lange's character is raped by drunken stepfather Arthur Kennedy, but gets her revenge by killing him.
The following year she appeared with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in the war drama The Young Lions and she was Elvis Presley's psychiatrist in Wild in the Country (1961). On television she played the young widow who falls in love with the ghost of an old sea dog in the comedy show The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1968-70), winning two Emmy awards, before re-emerging on the big screen as a character actress, playing Laura Dern's mother in David Lynch's unsettling classic Blue Velvet in 1986.
Born Hope Elise Ross Lange in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, in 1931, Lange was the daughter of a musician and an actress. She made her debut on Broadway at the age of 11 in Sidney Kingsley's award-winning play The Patriots. By the mid-1950s she had graduated to live television drama. The film producer Buddy Adler saw her on an episode of Kraft Television Theatre in 1956 and hired her to play the waitress Elma Duckworth, who befriends Monroe in Bus Stop.
By the end of the decade, Lange was getting top billing above Joan Crawford in The Best of Everything, a drama about women in New York publishing, promoted with the tagline The Female Jungle EXPOSED! She appeared with Bette Davis and Glenn Ford in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles (1961). At about this time her first marriage collapsed and she married the director Alan Pakula.
Curiously for such a major big-screen star, she continued to make regular appearances on television as well, including an episode of The Fugitive in 1966, before signing up for The Ghost and Mrs Muir, which was based on an R. A. Dick novel, filmed in the 1940s with Gene Tierney in Lange's part and Rex Harrison in the role played on TV by Edward Mulhare. In 1971 she moved on to another TV comedy show, The New Dick Van Dyke Show , in which she played Van Dyke's wife.
Although now confined largely to television, she was not prepared to settle just for safe domestic comedy. That Certain Summer (1972) was a landmark in the portrayal of homosexuality on television. She played a wife whose husband (Hal Holbrook) leaves her for another man (Martin Sheen). Lange refused to sign for a fourth series of The New Dick Van Dyke Show after a row with CBS over an episode in which it was implied Lange and Van Dyke were having sex, albeit off-screen. They won't air the best show we did all season, she complained. They have three children, for Pete's sake! Was that by immaculate conception? That same year, 1974, she returned to the big screen, playing another wife in an even more controversial project. Her murder prompts Charles Bronson to turn himself into an urban vigilante and clean up New York in Death Wish.
Lange continued to work regularly in television, particularly in TV movies, though she played a mother in a couple of chilling slices of big-screen Americana in the mid-Eighties A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge and Blue Velvet. Subsequently she complained it was difficult to find roles for older actresses. She was a senator in the Jack Ryan thriller Clear and Present Danger (1994) and had a small role, as Kate Capshaw's mother, in another thriller, Just Cause, the following year. Her son Christopher Murray also appeared in the film as a detective.
Lange is survived by her third husband Charles Hollerith, whom she married in 1986, and a son and daughter from her first marriage.
Hope Lange, actress, was born on November 28, 1931. She died on December 19, 2003, aged 72.
Here's Charles Nelson Reilly's Obituary.
Charles Nelson Reilly, 76; Tony-winner, TV personality
By Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
May 29, 2007
Charles Nelson Reilly, whose persona as a wacky game show panelist and talk show guest overshadowed his serious work as a director and Tony-winning actor, has died. He was 76.
Reilly, a longtime resident of Beverly Hills, died Friday of complications from pneumonia at UCLA Medical Center, said Paul Linke, who directed Reilly's one-man show "Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly."
"The average person thinks of him as being on 'The Match Game.' That was a mixed blessing for him," Linke told The Times on Monday. "One of the reasons I was so motivated to get his show out there was because I wanted people to recognize that this was a heavyweight talent."
When a Times reporter visited his home in 2000, Reilly displayed an opera review that referred to him as "Charles Nelson Reilly of 'Hollywood Squares' fame."
"It's like a scarlet letter," Reilly yowled in his high-pitched, nasal voice.
Wearing his trademark ascot and oversized glasses, Reilly made a near-record 97 appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," often making ribald ripostes.
After a "Tonight Show" guest who was talking about Shakespeare dismissed Reilly's attempt to join the conversation, he silenced her by delivering Hamlet's "the play's the thing" monologue straight, with depth and passion, the New York Observer reported in 2001.
He broke through on Broadway in 1961, winning a Tony for playing the insidious nephew Bud Frump in the original production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Reilly also received Tony nominations for his role in "Hello, Dolly!" in 1964 and for directing a revival of "The Gin Game" with Julie Harris in 1997.
Reilly often directed plays that starred Harris, including "The Belle of Amherst," a 1977 one-woman play about Emily Dickinson that remained one of his proudest achievements.
"He's a wonderful actor but never gets enough chance to do it," Harris told The Times in 2000. "He's taught me a lot about theater. It's his insight into the personal idiosyncrasies of human beings. He's attuned to small details the pieces of the puzzle that make up the whole picture."
Reilly's close friend Burt Reynolds said in a 1991 Times article that he thought Reilly's reputation as the perpetual jester had worked against him in Hollywood.
"We have a thing in this town that if you are enormously witty and gregarious, you can't be very deep. There's something wrong with a society that says, 'You're the wit, but you're not the teacher.' People just haven't seen him in this arena," Reynolds said.
A well-regarded acting instructor, Reilly moved to Florida in 1979 to teach at the Burt Reynolds Institute. Reilly also coached Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin and Christine Lahti and ran an acting school in North Hollywood.
In his one-man show, which would be his final work, Reilly told the story of his life, which began Jan. 13, 1931, in New York City. The play's name came from the phrase his mother often said when her son spoke: "Save it for the stage." In 2006, the show was made into the movie "The Life of Reilly."
He was the only child of the former Signe Elvera Nelson and Charles Joseph Reilly, who designed outdoor advertising for Paramount Pictures.
After his father had a nervous breakdown, partly brought on because his wife made him turn down a job offer from Walt Disney, he was institutionalized, Linke said.
Reilly and his mother moved to Hartford, Conn., to live with 10 relatives, all of whom spoke Swedish, in an apartment that had only cold water.
"Eugene O'Neill could never begin to get near all this," Reilly said in the 2000 Times article. At 9, he got the lead in the school play, and a teacher told his mother that Reilly was the only true actor she had ever known, the Observer reported. When he was 13, he and a friend survived a circus fire in Hartford that killed more than 165 people. It was the last time he would sit in a theater as an audience member, Reilly repeatedly said.
By 18, he had moved to New York and was soon studying with Uta Hagen and her husband, Herbert Berghof, at their acting school. Classmates included Jack Lemmon, Charles Grodin, Geraldine Page and Hal Holbrook.
Reilly never tried to hide his homosexuality, and frequently cracked double-entendres on television about being gay.
He got a job as a night mail boy at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and tried to get hired by NBC, but a producer told him "that they don't allow queers on television," Linke said.
"Charles' response was, 'It didn't bother me. I knew in my heart his words weren't true,' " Linke said. Later, Reilly would count how many game show appearances he would make in a week once it was 27 and consider it his revenge.
When he first came to California to co-star on television in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" in 1968, he stepped off the plane and said of the 70-degree weather: " 'How long has this been going on?' He said he'd been cold his whole life until then," Linke said.
Reilly made more money in one or two TV appearances with Dean Martin than he would in a year of performing on Broadway, so he stayed, Linke said.
Reilly went on to make many guest appearances in sitcoms and was a regular on "Laugh-In." In the late 1960s, Reilly bought his Beverly Hills home and also owned a 34-foot cabin cruiser that he kept in Marina del Rey.
"The world is a slightly less funny place now," Linke said. "He made people laugh along the way, and that's a legacy that lives on long after the game shows."
Reilly is survived by Patrick Hughes, his companion of more than 25 years.
To Read some articles about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=pSZPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oQEEAAAAIBAJ&dq=the%20ghost%20and%20mrs%20muir&pg=7184%2C1441589 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TGFSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=v3sDAAAAIBAJ&dq=the%20ghost%20and%20mrs%20muir%20reta%20shaw&pg=5728%2C5083283 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LwkkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rgEEAAAAIBAJ&dq=the%20ghost%20and%20mrs%20muir&pg=6130%2C231937 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jBYvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FqoFAAAAIBAJ&dq=the%20ghost%20and%20mrs%20muir&pg=866%2C5049909 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VvRNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sYoDAAAAIBAJ&dq=the%20ghost%20and%20mrs%20muir&pg=7208%2C4399674
To watch episodes of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir go to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0i5g_YmVrZxe2pI5ML4H66XipOU10bog and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbl7wFYLIf2sT5RnrspUO6czEqEjWC4_1
For a website dedicated to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir go to https://web.archive.org/web/20060202001304/http://www.macwombat.com/ghost.htm
To go to Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20090203181254/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/ghostmur.html
For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/GhostAndMrsMuir.htm
For a page dedicated to Gull Cottage in the Movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir go to http://hookedonhouses.net/2011/09/12/gull-cottage-in-the-movie-the-ghost-and-mrs-muir/
To read an interview with Kellie Flanagan go to http://www.adamgerace.com/2014/10/25/and-then-i-wrote/
For some Ghost and Mrs. Muir -related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/ghost-mrs-muir
For another great review of The Ghost And Mrs. Muir go to http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/shows_gh_to_gu.htm
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el4ooVafQ8Y
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