Bell, Book and Candle Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 8679

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 24

Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1958

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Romance

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Richard Quine

Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester, Hermione Gingold

Plot: A Greenwich witch casts a spell to make a neighbor fall in love with her to spite a rival, but when she begins to fall for him as well she might have to choose between love and magic once and for all.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 06/24/2012

Enjoyable old fashioned fantasy that reunites the stars of Vertigo in a far more light hearted way. Probably the inspiration for TV show Bewitched, it has similar wicca based laughs with great support from the legend that is Jack Lemmon.

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Schroedinger's Familiar!

Filmhaus - wrote on 04/13/2021

As many movies as I've watched, I'm always surprised when two entirely different films accidentally touch on similar themes in an entirely different way, complementing each other in the process.

That being said, obsession is multi-faceted, and can be played for suspense or laughs.

Released in the same year as object lessons for each, the dark comedy of Bell, Book, and Candle contrasts well against the torrid suspense of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.

Strangely enough, the principle cast members are all the same (Kim Novak & Jimmy Stewart), and the physical chemistry is just as electric. The color choice is just as lurid, with vivid greens and purples leaking off the celluloid.

In each, the femme fatale has subverted her identity to cast a spell of desire onto the helpless …

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