In 1672, two witches (Jennifer and her father Daniel) were burned by puritan Jonathan Wooley. In revenge, Jennifer cursed all future generations of the Wooley family, that the sons will always marry the wrong woman and be miserable. In the 20th century, a bolt of lightning frees Jennifer and her father from the tree that had kept their souls imprisoned. Jennifer assumes corporeal form and decides to make up-and-coming politician Wallace Wooley, then unhappily engaged, even more miserable by getting him to fall in love with her before his wedding. Wallace is a straight arrow, though, and Jennifer has to resort to a love potion. As we all know, love potions tend to backfire, with comedic results.Written by
This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild films originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for US television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 26 March 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Albuquerque Tuesday 18 April 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Saturday 22 July 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Chicago Sunday 30 July 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in New York City 2 September 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Atlanta Thursday 7 September 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in Philadelphia Saturday 9 September 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Pittsburgh Thursday 21 September 1950 on WDTV (Channel 3), in San Francisco Saturday 23 September 1950 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Boston Sunday 21 January 1951 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »
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 »
Very well-crafted comedy with some memorable work by Veronica Lake and a charming role for Cecil Kellaway (perfectly cast in this picture). Considering some of the fluffy, forgettable comedies of this era, this one deserves a much better following than it has enjoyed so far. Well worth watching.
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