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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 »
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A Lesson In Chemistry . . . And Moviemaking See more (84 total) »

Cast

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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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Soundtrack:
Stormy WeatherSee more »

FAQ

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43 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A Lesson In Chemistry . . . And Moviemaking, 21 December 2001
Author: Paul Dana (bigpurplebear@aol.com) from San Francisco, CA USA

"Bell, Book and Candle," one of two 1958 pairings of James Stewart and Kim Novak, may or may not be a great movie. I've long since given up caring about that question; these days, at the umpty-umpteenth viewing of the film (which dates back to the first time I ever caught it in its "secondary," or "neighborhood release" at San Francisco's Castro Theatre), I find myself still enjoying it as though I were seeing it for that first time.

On the surface, this should rightly be only one among many so-called, and largely formulaic, "sophisticated comedies" of the late-50s era. Wrong!

For one thing, you can't cast James Stewart in such a film and expect it to run true to form! More to the point, you shouldn't expect him to appear opposite Kim Novak (and 'opposite' here is the key word, in that his aura of decency and groundedness were diametrically contrary to the glacial other-worldliness which she personified), and not expect strange sparks to fly. (Hitchcock, after all, relied on this dichotomy, for different purposes, in "Vertigo.")

Add to this mixture certain key scenes which rely upon the comic chemistry between Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs --already well-established in the previous year's "Operation Mad Ball" (and catch this overlooked gem, if you can, if only to see Kovacs at his absolute cinematic best) -- and you're well on your way to understanding why "Bell, Book and Candle" still turns up regularly on such venues as American Movie Classics, to say nothing of its "shelf life" in video rental outlets.

Were that not enough, you get BOTH Elsa Lanchester and Hermione Gingold, a first-rate score by George Duning ("Picnic"), superior production values and -- oh, yeah, by the way -- a storyline that can both make you laugh and pluck at the errant heartstring or two (if you don't watch out!) . ..

You get a lesson in cinematic chemistry. Maybe even . . . alchemy!

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