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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:
Puberty Catalyst 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title "Bell, Book and Candle" is a reference to excommunication, which is performed by bell, book and candle. It is opened with "Ring the bell, open the book, light the candle," and closed with "Ring the bell, close the book, quench the candle."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Bianca de Passe mixes the brew for Shep to drink, she hands him a large bowl then removes the hot brew pot from the stove with a pot holder. Her right index finger is shown touching the hot pot yet she does not react to this.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:
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FAQ

Is there a name for the tune that Gillian hums when she's enchanting Shep?
How does the movie end?
Why would Nicky offer to expose himself as a warlock to Sidney Redlitch?
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61 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
Puberty Catalyst, 18 October 2005
Author: Robert Boyce (robert48@optonline.net) from United States

I researched this film a little and discovered a web site that claims it was actually an inside joke about the Post WWII Greenwich Village world of gays and lesbians. With the exception of Stewart and Novak, the warlocks and witches represented that alternative lifestyle. John Van Druten who wrote the stage play was apparently gay and very familiar with this Greenwich Village. I thought this was ironic because I first saw Bell, Book and Candle in the theater when I was in 5th or 6th grade just because my parents took me. It was hard to get me to a movie that didn't include horses, machine guns, or alien monsters and I planned on being bored. But, I remember the moment when Jimmy Stewart embraced Kim Novak on the top of the Flatiron building and flung his hat away while the camera followed it fluttering to the ground. As the glorious George Duning love theme soared, I suddenly got a sense of what it felt like to fall in love. The first stirrings of romantic/sexual love left me dazed as I left the theater. I am sure I'm not the only pre-adolescent boy who was seduced by Kim Novak's startling, direct gaze. It's ironic that a gay parable was able to jump-start heterosexual puberty in so many of us. I am in my late 50's now and re-watched the film yesterday evening and those same feelings stirred as I watched that hat touch down fifty years later . . .

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