BLITHE SPIRIT (David Lean, 1945)

Noel Coward’s play was a wartime lark—perhaps a skylark (note the title)—in which the institution of marriage and the death of wives are treated most casually, as though neither really matters. David Lean’s light, frothy film version added to the wifely ghosts their spouse, Charles, played chipperly by Rex Harrison, whose first wife, Elvira, died […]