I Married a Witch (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  30 October 1942 (USA)
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.


(as Rene Clair)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Benchley ...
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Eily Malyon ...
Tabitha Wooley
Robert Warwick ...
J.B. Masterson
Robert Greig ...
Town Crier
Viola Moore ...
Mary Field ...
Nancy Wooley
Nora Cecil ...
Harriet Wooley
Emory Parnell ...
Allen, Hotel Owner
Helen St. Rayner ...
Singer at Wedding
Justice of the Peace


In 1672, two witches (Jennifer and her father Daniel) were burned by puritan Jonathan Wooley. In revenge, Jennifer cursed all future generations of the Wooley family, that the sons will always marry the wrong woman and be miserable. In the 20th century, a bolt of lightning frees Jennifer and her father from the tree that had kept their souls imprisoned. Jennifer assumes corporeal form and decides to make up-and-coming politician Wallace Wooley, then unhappily engaged, even more miserable by getting him to fall in love with her before his wedding. Wallace is a straight arrow, though, and Jennifer has to resort to a love potion. As we all know, love potions tend to backfire, with comedic results. Written by Finchster

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Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me casé con una bruja  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sol Saks, creator of Bewitched (1964), stated in an interview for "True Hollywood Story: Bewitched" that he drew inspiration both from this film and Bell Book and Candle (1958) in creating the iconic TV series. Columbia Pictures owned the rights to both of those movies. Since it also owned the television studio that was to produce "Bewitched," Saks didn't worry about getting sued. See more »


(at around 50 mins) When the newspaper announces the final of the political career of Wooley after the failed marriage the main story is written in Czech though the rest of the newspaper is in English. See more »


Daniel: Goodbye, Jennifer, be a bad girl.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Long, long ago, when people still believed in witches . . . . . See more »


Featured in Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986) See more »


I Love You Truly
(1906) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Carrie Jacobs Bond
Played by the wedding band and sung by Helen St. Rayner several times
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Superior light comedy
15 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Pleasing comedy fantasy. There are some moments where watching Lake perform is really nice -- I love the bitchy look and how she puts her arms out when she slams the door with her magic in anger. Lake plays a witch who accidentally casts a love spell on herself, and therfore ends up domesticating herself and adopting moral attitudes her warlock father is opposed to. Fun and slightly meaningful in the Sturges mold.

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