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I Married a Witch (1942)

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

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Cast

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Robert Benchley ...
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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
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Allen, Hotel Owner
Helen St. Rayner ...
Singer at Wedding
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Justice of the Peace
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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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Veronica knows all the tricks (natural and super-natural)...And brother, she uses them! (original poster) See more »


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30 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me casé con una bruja  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sol Saks, creator of Bewitched (1964), stated in an interview for E! True Hollywood Story: Bewitched (1999) 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

Dr. Dudley White: It's OK. He fell out of the window.
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Crazy Credits

The title card is shown with a background of the bride and groom flying around on a broom. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by George Frederick Root
In the score at the start of the 1861 scene
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Wonderful Magical
17 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie! It's mystically enchanting and irresistably charming. It's probably the greatest movie which Veronica Lake ever did, and probably one of the best classics to come out of the heyday of Hollywood.As captivating as Marilyn Monroe was to become,Lake is wonderfully demure and waif-like in her appearance, and Fredric March shows great range between befuddled and charmed by lake as she enraptures him. The movie's appeal lives on in the romances of Bewitched and Dark shadows !


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