Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Fantasy  |  19 December 1958 (Finland)
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A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancee, so she enchants him to love her instead... only to fall in love with him for real.



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Complete credited cast:
Sidney Redlitch
Bianca de Passe
Merle Kittridge
Philippe Clay ...
French Singer at the Zodiac Club
Bek Nelson ...
Tina - Shep's Secretary
Andy White - Shep's Co-Publisher
The Brothers Candoli ...
Musicians at the Zodiac Club


Gillian Holroyd is just your average, modern-day, witch, living in a New York apartment with her Siamese familiar, Pyewacket. But one day a handsome publisher, Shep Henderson walks into her building and Gillian decides she wants him--especially as it turns out he's marrying Merle Kittridge, an old poison penpal from Gillian's college days. So, Gillian casts a spell over Shep. But her powers are in danger of being exorcised by something stronger than the bell-book-and-candle routine: Love. Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

19 December 1958 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Bell, Book and Candle  »

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1.85 : 1
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James Stewart felt that he was miscast as Shepherd Henderson. See more »


Although the story takes place in Greenwich Village, and Nicky's trick of turning out street lights happens just outside Gillian's shop, she later refers to her brother turning out the lights on 57th street, which would be 40 blocks north. See more »


[first lines]
Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd: Oh, Pye, Pye, Pyewacket. What's the matter with me? Why do I feel this way? It's such a rut. The same old thing day after day. Same old people. I know I'm feeling sorry for myself but it's true. Why don't you give me something for Christmas, Pye?
The Cat: Meow.
Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd: What would I like?
The Cat: Meow.
Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd: I'd like to do something different. I'd like to meet something different.
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Le Noyé Assassiné
Words by Charles Aznavour and music by Florence Véran
Performed by Philippe Clay at the Zodiac Club
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Bewitching Romantic Comedy -- Sunday Afternoon Delight!
28 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kim Novac is wonderful as the 'good witch' falling in love with mortal James Stewart. The special treat with this film is that there is a complete 'underground society' (literally) of witches and warlocks, of whom we get to know Elsa Lanchester and Jack Lemon, both recommending Kim Novak quickly forget her romance with the mortal man.

This film is a visual feast with some tidbits of 1950s Jazz music in the score. Complete with black cat, spell-book and magic tricks. Who can blame Jimmy Stewart for falling for Kim Novak's spell? The International cast of supporting actors includes an authentic Parisian Night Club Act, as well as the ultra-eccentric Hermione Gingold (of Gigi/Moulin Rouge fame). Elsa Lancaster is an absolute delight as the intuition-plagued Auntie Queenie. Don't miss this bewitching piece of light entertainment!

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