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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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(as Rene Clair)

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Margaret
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Tabitha Wooley
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J.B. Masterson
Robert Greig ...
Town Crier
Viola Moore ...
Martha
Mary Field ...
Nancy Wooley
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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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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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30 October 1942 (USA)  »

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Me casé con una bruja  »

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Veronica Lake was best known for her iconic hair style of having her right eye covered. Many women copied the style which caused problems since they were working in war plants and their hair kept getting caught in the machinery. Lake was asked to change her style until after the war. When she did she lost her iconic look and her popularity soon faded along with her career. See more »

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(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 »

Quotes

Daniel: Goodbye, Jennifer, be a bad girl.
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The title card is shown with a background of the bride and groom flying around on a broom. See more »


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Good Night, Ladies!
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Sung a cappella by Cecil Kellaway with modified lyrics at the end
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Whimsical comedy with wonderful Lake...wooden March...
24 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Veronica Lake and Cecil Kellaway seem to get into the spirit of this whimsical comedy about witchcraft--while Fredric March (who reportedly disliked working with Lake whom he considered an inferior actress) does not come off well in comedy. Lake plays a witch whose ancestors burned her at the stake 300 years ago. March is engaged to Susan Hayward, but with the entry of Lake into his life, everything goes haywire. March is a gubernatorial candidate whose election to office is threatened by Lake's dexterity with broomstick magic.

Based on an unfinished novel by Thorne Smith (creator of "Topper"), the film emerges as a screwball romantic comedy well directed by Rene Clair and benefits from some good trick photography. The video print I have is on the murky side--I'm sure the original print featured better overall photography than the video version. With a cast that includes Robert Benchley among the supporting players, this is a comedy treat ideal for viewing on Halloween.

Warning: More enjoyable if the print quality is good!


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