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Director:
Writers:
Robert Pirosh (screen play) and
Marc Connelly (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
30 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She's a witch (and we do mean witch) who gets what she wants with hex appeal! See more »
Plot:
A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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We go so far back into the Middle Ages that at one time we used to burn witches! See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fredric March ... Jonathan Wooley / Nathaniel Wooley / Samuel Wooley / Wallace Wooley

Veronica Lake ... Jennifer
Robert Benchley ... Dr. Dudley White

Susan Hayward ... Estelle Masterson

Cecil Kellaway ... 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

Aldrich Bowker ... Justice of the Peace
Emma Dunn ... Wife of Justice of the Peace
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Andre ... Girl at Country Club (uncredited)
Georgia Backus ... Older Woman (uncredited)
Charles Bates ... Wooley's Son (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Country Club Extra (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Puritan Vendor (uncredited)
Marie Blake ... Purity Sykes (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Photographer (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Doorman (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Policeman Arresting Daniel (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Second Prison Guard (uncredited)
Ann Carter ... Jennifer Wooley, Wooley's Daughter (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Chester Conklin ... Party Bartender (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Onlooker in Crowd (uncredited)
Gordon De Main ... Man with Masterson on radio (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... First Prison Guard (uncredited)
Frank Elliott ... Magistrate (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Country Club Extra / Man at Fire (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Matron of Honor (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Radio Voice (uncredited)
Florence Gill ... Woman Playing Chess (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Fred, Cop (uncredited)
William Haade ... Policeman at Ambulance (uncredited)
Reed Hadley ... Young Man (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Tom, Bartender (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
Esther Howard ... Extra (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Donivee Lee ... Girl (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Jack Luden ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Renny McEvoy ... Bellboy (uncredited)
David McKim ... Newsboy (uncredited)
James Millican ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Joe, Cab Driver (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Rufus, Samuel's Servant (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Second Prisoner (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Mickey Rentschler ... Boy at Country Club (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Country Club Extra (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Country Club Extra / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Elderly Wife (uncredited)
Ernest Shields ... Waiter (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Fireman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Country Club Extra (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Girl at Country Club (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... First Prisoner (uncredited)

Dan White ... Fireman (uncredited)

Directed by
René Clair  (as Rene Clair)
 
Writing credits
Robert Pirosh (screen play) and
Marc Connelly (screen play)

Thorne Smith (based upon a story: The Passionate Witch)

Norman Matson (story completion)

René Clair  dialogue (uncredited)
André Rigaud  dialogue (uncredited)
Dalton Trumbo  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
René Clair .... producer (as Rene Clair)
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Preston Sturges .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Tetzlaff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
 
Set Decoration by
George Sawley 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Leonora Sabine .... hair stylist supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
E.D. Leshin .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
William Forsyth .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sam Comer .... supervising set decorator (uncredited)
Royce Finley .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound recordist (as Harry Mills)
Richard Olson .... sound recordist
Paul Boistelle .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Farciot Edouart .... transparencies (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Bridenbecker .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Gene Liggett .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nesta Charles .... script clerk (uncredited)
Jack Gage .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
Jay Tucker .... stand-in: Fredric March (uncredited)
 
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77 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Brazil:14 (DVD rating) | Finland:S | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #8351) | USA:Passed (as classified and passed by) (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Several cast members listed in studio records did not appear in the movie. These were (with their character names): Reed Hadley (Young Man), Jan Buckingham (Young Woman), Florence Gill (Woman Playing Chess) and Walter Soderling (Man Playing Chess).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Daniel:[(sings)] For tonight I merry merry be / Tomorrow I'll be sober.See more »
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I Love You TrulySee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
We go so far back into the Middle Ages that at one time we used to burn witches!, 24 March 2012
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

The Salem Witch Trials have long had a hold on the American imagination, possibly because they offer a potential riposte to the oft-heard European jibe that America is a new country with no history to speak of. ("Whaddya mean, Bud, no history? Listen, Bud, we Americans go so far back into the Middle Ages that at one time we used to burn witches!") The trials have given rise to a number of serious works of literature, such as Hawthorne's "The House of the Seven Gables" and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", but they have also inspired some lighter offerings, such as television series like "Bewitched", "Charmed" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (which featured a cat named Salem).

"I Married a Witch" is an earlier example of using the witch trials as a source of comedy. In seventeenth century Salem a warlock named Daniel and his beautiful daughter Jennifer are denounced for witchcraft by a Puritan minister, Jonathan Wooley, and burned at the stake. In revenge, Jennifer places a curse Wooley and all his male descendants, who are doomed to make miserably unhappy marriages.

Years pass, and generation after generation the Wooley men marry women who make them miserable. Finally, in 1942, a bolt of lightning splits the tree beneath which Jennifer and Daniel have been buried, thus freeing their spirits. They discover that history is about to repeat itself again. Wallace Wooley, the latest scion of the clan and a politician running for the governorship of Massachusetts, is about to marry the domineering and bitchy Estelle Masterson. Things take a strange turn, however, when Jennifer falls in love with Wallace, much to the disgust of her father, who wants to use his unexpected freedom as an opportunity to wreak further vengeance on the Wooley family. (The film, with its theme of a witch falling in love with a mortal, was the inspiration for "Bewitched").

This was one of Veronica Lake's early star vehicles. Although only 19, she had shown earlier the same year in "This Gun for Hire" that she was a gifted actress in film noir, and in "I Married a Witch" she showed that she could also turn her hand to comedy, making Jennifer a delightfully playful and sexy heroine. Another noted Hollywood beauty, Susan Hayward, plays Estelle. It is notable that although Hayward was five years older than Lake, and a more experienced actress, she was cast in an unsympathetic supporting role while it was the younger girl who took the lead. In the long run, however, it was to be Hayward who proved the more durable; Lake's career was all but over by the end of the forties, whereas Hayward was to remain a leading lady throughout the fifties and into the sixties.

There is another good performance from Cecil Kellaway as the drunken old reprobate Daniel, but the weak link is Fredric March who makes Wallace too much of a stuffed shirt for the hero of a romantic comedy film. I was disappointed in his contribution to this film, as I had previously always admired his work; possibly comedy was not his forte. March had previously called Lake "a brainless little blonde sexpot, void of any acting ability", so it is hardly surprising that they did not get on with one another and that there is little chemistry between their characters. (The relationship between the two leads in this film reminded me of that between Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe in "The Prince and the Showgirl", another film where a middle-aged heavyweight actor dismissed his younger female co-star as a lightweight, only for her to prove herself more gifted at light comedy than him).

The film might have worked better with a younger leading man closer in age to Lake, although that might have entailed some rewriting of the script. (A twenty-something state governor is hardly plausible). The original choice for Wallace was Joel McCrea, but he turned the role down, having also fallen out with Lake on the set of "Sullivan's Travels". (Lake's fiery temper and her gift for making enemies were among the reasons why her career was to be a short one).

Overall, "I Married a Witch" is one of those forties comedies which still remains watchable today, largely because of an often humorous script and a vivacious leading lady. I felt, however, that it could have been better with a different leading man. 7/10

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