Oscar Movies: Blithe Spirit (1945)

UK (Cineguild)

In this witty, occasionally hilarious Noel Coward play, adapted to the screen by him and David Lean, Rex Harrison plays a novelist who conjures up his late first wife, who then causes trouble in his second marriage.

Oscar Alert

“Blithe Spirit,” made in 1945 but released in the U.S. a year later, won the Special Effects Oscar for Thomas Howard.

There was just one other nominee in the Special Effects category: the Bette Davis Warner melodrama “A Stolen Life,” with effects orchestrated by William McCann (visual) and Nathan Levinson (audible).

Rex Harrison was nominated for Best Actor in 1963 for “Cleopatra,” and won the Oscar the following year for “My Fair Lady.”