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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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Fredric March is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by Veronica Lake 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
Robert Warwick ... J.B. Masterson
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)

Aldrich Bowker ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Second Prison Guard (uncredited)
Ann Carter ... Jennifer Wooley, Wooley's Daughter (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Harriet Wooley (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)
Emma Dunn ... Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... First Prison Guard (uncredited)
Frank Elliott ... Magistrate (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Country Club Extra / Man at Fire (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Nancy Wooley (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Matron of Honor (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Radio Voice (uncredited)
Florence Gill ... Woman Playing Chess (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Town Crier (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)
Eily Malyon ... Tabitha Wooley (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)
Viola Moore ... Martha (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Allen, Hotel Owner (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)
Helen St. Rayner ... Singer at Wedding (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Country Club Extra (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Girl at Country Club (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... First Prisoner (uncredited)

Dan White ... Fireman (uncredited)
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Directed by
René Clair  (as Rene Clair)
 
Writing credits
Robert Pirosh (screen play) and
Marc Connelly (screen play)

Thorne Smith (based upon a story by)

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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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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:Not Rated | USA:Unrated | 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:
When the petite Jennifer is standing very close to Wallace, she tells him, "I'm as high as your heart." This line is apparently borrowed from William Shakespeare. In "As You Like It" (Act III, Sc. ii), Jaques asks Orlando about Rosalind, "What stature is she of?", and Orlando replies, "Just as high as my heart."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:
Dr. Dudley White:Oh well, it's late, I've got to be getting into my strait jacket. I'll call a broom.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
You Came Along (Out of Nowhere)See more »

FAQ

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fredric March is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by Veronica Lake, 4 February 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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.

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