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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Taradash (screenplay)
John Van Druten (play)
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Release Date:
19 December 1958 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A bewitching comedy about an enchanting subject!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pyewacket and friends get the Hollywood treatment See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson

Kim Novak ... Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd

Jack Lemmon ... Nicky Holroyd

Ernie Kovacs ... Sidney Redlitch

Hermione Gingold ... Bianca de Passe

Elsa Lanchester ... Aunt Queenie Holroyd

Janice Rule ... Merle Kittridge
Philippe Clay ... French Singer at the Zodiac Club
Bek Nelson ... Tina - Shep's Secretary

Howard McNear ... Andy White - Shep's Co-Publisher
The Brothers Candoli ... Musicians at the Zodiac Club
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monty Ash ... Herb Store Owner (uncredited)
Joe Barry ... Exterminator (uncredited)
Wolfe Barzell ... Zodiac Club Proprietor (uncredited)
William Bloom ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Betty - Merle's Maid (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Conte Candoli ... Musician - A Candoli Brother (uncredited)

Pete Candoli ... Musician - A Candoli Brother (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Ad-lib Bit (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Waldo (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Gillian's Customer (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ollie O'Toole ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pyewacket ... The Cat (uncredited)
John Truax ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Taradash (screenplay)

John Van Druten (play "Bell, Book and Candle")

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
Ben Lane .... makeup artist
Rhoda Donaldson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irving J. Moore .... assistant director (as Irving Moore)
Max Stein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Carter .... props (uncredited)
Jim Meehan .... lead man (uncredited)
Robert Pearl .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Hansen Jr. .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Win Hancock .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe .... boom operator (uncredited)
Andy Payne .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Johnny Cook .... best boy (uncredited)
John Field .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Franklin .... grip (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Pat Sutherland .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Eliot Elisofon .... special color consultant
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
Irene Mayer Selznick .... producer: play, New York
Robert E. Blair .... cat trainer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bell, Book and Candle" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2002) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1958) | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #19072) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
James Stewart felt that he was miscast as Shepherd Henderson.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the Zodiac Club, when the Candoli Brothers begin playing "Stormy Weather", the soundtrack features trumpets with cup mutes, but the performance on screen is without mutes.See more »
Quotes:
[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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From Here To EternitySee more »

FAQ

Is "Bell Book and Candle" based on a book?
Why would Nicky offer to expose himself as a warlock to Sidney Redlitch?
How does the movie end?
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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Pyewacket and friends get the Hollywood treatment, 26 April 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The play Bell, Book, and Candle was a favorite of mature actresses to do in summer stock and take on the road. One famous story, told by director Harold J. Kennedy, has Ginger Rogers insisting that her then husband, William Marshall, who was not an actor, costar with her. Marshall wore a toupee, and when he walked through a doorway, his toupee caught on a nail and stayed behind, dangling in the doorway as he walked on stage.

The play was adapted successfully into a beautiful color film starring Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Elsa Lanchester, Hermoine Gingold, Ernie Kovacs, and Janice Rule. It's light entertainment, about a normal-appearing family of witches (Novak, Lemmon, and Lanchester) and the publisher (Stewart) who lives in their building. The most expert of them is the sultry, soft-voiced Gillian, who would love to be normal. One night, with Stewart in her apartment, she puts a spell on him using her Siamese cat, Pyewacket, and he falls in love with her.

"Bell Book and Candle" was filmed on a charming set that replicates New York. The movie is loads of fun. Jack Lemmon is very funny in a supporting role as Gillian's brother, a musician in the witch and warlock-laden Zodiac Club. He uses his powers to turn streetlights on and off and to turn on the occasional woman. Janice Rule is perfect as the snobby ex-college rival of Gillian, now dating Stewart, and Ernie Kovacs has a great turn as an eccentric who is writing the definitive book on witches. Lanchester and Gingold, of course, are always wonderful, Lanchester Gillian's daft aunt and Gingold as a sort of queen of witchcraft.

Kim Novak is a good fit for Gillian, giving the character a detachment befitting a witch, showing emotion when it becomes appropriate, and with that voice, fabulous face, and magnificent wardrobe, she certainly is magical. Stewart, in his last foray as a romantic lead, costars with Novak as he did in Vertigo, and they make an effective team. He supplies the warmth, she supplies the coolness, and somehow, together they spark. In this, of course, he's much more elegant than in "Vertigo." A charming film, good for a Sunday afternoon, good around Christmas (as part of it takes place at Christmastime), and great if you feel like smiling.

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