MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,768 this week

I Married a Witch (1942)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 3,617 users  
Reviews: 48 user | 40 critic

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

Director:

(as Rene Clair)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 18 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 47 titles
created 5 days ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I Married a Witch (1942)

I Married a Witch (1942) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I Married a Witch.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When hired killer Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he's is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about Life...which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is ... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Robert Donat, Jean Parker, Eugene Pallette
Flesh Feast (1970)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

A ring of Nazis in Florida is in possession of the body of Adolf Hitler, and plan revive him so they can take over the world.

Director: Brad F. Grinter
Stars: Veronica Lake, Phil Philbin, Doug Foster
The Glass Key (1942)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy
Stronghold (1951)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1850s Mexico, the beautiful owner of a silver mine is kidnapped by a bandit leader, who needs money to finance his revolt against the Emperor Maximilian.

Director: Steve Sekely
Stars: Veronica Lake, Zachary Scott, Arturo de Córdova
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man goes to the lonely estate of the mysterious Dr. Renault, whose strange experiments release the man's spirit from his body.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Albert Préjean, Sandra Milovanoff, Paul Ollivier
The Lace Wars (1965)
Comedy | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Avron, Marie Dubois
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ogden Spencer Trulow III is a wealthy kleptomaniac who turned to stealing when he was spurned by a girl. His psychoanalyst advises him to find another girl for a cure. He fastens his ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Albert Dekker
Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Martin Green
Stars: George Carron, Melody Greer, Peter Kastner
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A millionaire joins the Navy hoping to find a girl who'll marry him for himself, not for his money. A beautiful gold-digger who works at a resort hotel sets out to get him.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Veronica Lake, Sonny Tufts, Eddie Bracken
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jonathan Wooley / Nathaniel Wooley / Samuel Wooley / Wallace Wooley
...
Robert Benchley ...
Dr. Dudley White
...
Estelle Masterson
...
Daniel
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Margaret
Eily Malyon ...
Tabitha Wooley
Robert Warwick ...
J.B. Masterson
Robert Greig ...
Town Crier
Viola Moore ...
Martha
Mary Field ...
Nancy Wooley
Nora Cecil ...
Harriet Wooley
Emory Parnell ...
Allen, Hotel Owner
Helen St. Rayner ...
Singer at Wedding
...
Justice of the Peace
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

potion | puritan | witch | tree | revenge | See more »

Taglines:

Thorne Smith's racist story is now the year's different comedy-romance! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me casé con una bruja  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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

Wallace Wooley: Mere physical beauty isn't everything.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Supergirl (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Night, Ladies!
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Cecil Kellaway with modified lyrics at the end
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Fredric March is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by Veronica Lake
4 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The summary line only applies to the film, however.

This movie was intended by the studio for Joel McCrea. After making Sullivan's Travels, McCrea informed the top brass that he could not make another film with Veronica Lake. The role instead went to Fredric March, who declared "I Married a Witch" the most horrendous experience he'd ever had. It should be added that McCrea did work with Lake again 5 years later, after he had time to heal.

I have no idea why these actors had problems with this tiny, beautiful woman. "I Married a Witch" is a delightful light comedy which I suppose is the basis for "Bewitched." Apparently these Salem witches cursed an entire family so that they would be unlucky in love, and the movie quickly takes us through the generations of miserable men (all March in assorted wigs) until it gets to the present when March, a gubernatorial candidate, is set to marry a human witch (Susan Hayward). When lightning strikes a tree which was grown over the ashes of burned witches, Lake and her father escape. She takes human form and March "saves" her from a fire (that her father started). Then she mistakenly drinks a potion intended for him, and the situation really takes off.

Lake was 23 when this film was made; March was 45, and McCrea, had he made the movie, was 37. The very dignified March made a great politician, as the character in this film is - but he comes off as too old to be marrying Hayward or getting involved with Lake. Yes, we all know it happens. But this type of film was not March's métier. Eight years younger and ever boyish, of course, McCrea was more suited to the role in looks and acting.

My favorite scene is the botched wedding in which the soprano has to sing the beginning of "I Love You Truly" over and over as Susan Hayward becomes increasingly outraged. It's a young Hayward, but all the feistiness and strength is apparent.

Cecil Kellaway is Lake's father, and he gives a fine performance. Although her costars may not have agreed, I found Lake funny and beautiful in this movie, and it's a shame the last years of her life were spent as they were. She had a lovely screen presence.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Veronica Lake's Behavior? skindili
You know what the most unrealistic thing about this film is? Dr_Keating
The Inspiration for Bewitched Marinas1212
I loved this movie!!!!! erihoney81
VHS copy - does anyone else have the commentary? SamRobbeAdams2589
Discuss I Married a Witch (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?