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I Married a Witch (1942)

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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

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Jonathan Wooley / Nathaniel Wooley / Samuel Wooley / Wallace Wooley
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Robert Benchley ...
Dr. Dudley White
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Estelle Masterson
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Daniel
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Margaret
Robert Warwick ...
J.B. Masterson
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Storyline

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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She knows all about love potions... and lovely motions! See more »


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30 October 1942 (USA)  »

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I Married a Witch  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Joel McCrea was initially cast as the lead, but declined the role because he didn't want to work again with Veronica Lake, his co-star in Sullivan's Travels (1941). See more »

Goofs

The film opens with a scene of Puritans in the Massachusetts colony burning witches. No-one was ever burned for witchcraft in America. The accused witches of Salem, Massachusetts, and its environs were hanged, with the exception of Giles Corey, who was pressed to death with rocks. Burning was the European method of executing witches, and pop culture has long confused the two historical spheres. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Dudley White: It's OK. He fell out of the window.
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Opening credits prologue: Long, long ago, when people still believed in witches . . . . . See more »

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The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
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a hidden little gem
19 July 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Veronica Lake and Cecil Kellaway are witches who have been sealed up in a tree for about 300 years. They are NOT nice witches and are thrilled when a bolt of lightning shatters the tree and releases them to do evil! The first thing they want to do is destroy the descendants of the man who persecuted them during the witch trials. His most direct descendant is Frederick March and he is about to marry the woman he loves. So, Veronica plans on meeting him and placing a love potion in his drink so he becomes attracted to her instead--with the intention of then dumping him and leaving him miserable. Of course, being a comedy, she accidentally drinks the potion and falls head over heels for March! The acting is excellent (particularly Kellaway who is uncharacteristically EVIL in this movie) and the writing superb in the short little picture.


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