1 9 6 8 – 1 9 7 0 (USA)
51 x 30 minute episodes
Edward Mulhare co-starred as the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg, an irascible but charming sea captain who died prematurely and tragically one night when he accidentally kicked over the gas heater by his bedside in his beloved house by the sea, Gull Cottage.
Young widow Carolyn Muir (Hope Lange in her first TV series) moves from her native Philadelphia into Gull Cottage 100 years later with her two children, Candace (Kellie Flanagan) and Jonathan (Harlen Carraher), and a wire-haired terrier called Scruffy. The family are joined by Martha (Reta Shaw), their faithful housekeeper.
The good Captain makes his presence known only to adults who he desires to see him.
Jonathan is able to see the Captain from the very beginning, as is Scruffy the cowardly dog. Carolyn is introduced to the Captain shortly after arriving in Gull Cottage.
Candace is unaware of the Captain’s presence until the second season and Martha does not meet him until much later (during the show’s second season)
The dead Captain’s great-nephew, Claymore Gregg (Charles Nelson Reilly) – the town’s realtor, justice of the peace, clerk, fire chief, president of the city council (and any other office which has a title) – is all too aware of the Captain’s existence!
The Captain, adamantly denies that Claymore is related to him in any way, being, as he is, an “only son of an only son” and claims never to have met his ‘nephew’s’ grandmother.
Captain Gregg usually refers to Claymore as a “scurvy swab” or a “malingering bilge-blister”.
Not to be confused with the Twentieth Century Fox film (1947) starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney as Lucy Muir.
Mrs Carolyn Muir
Captain Daniel Gregg
Charles Nelson Reilly