A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director:

René Clair (as Rene Clair)

Writers:

Robert Pirosh (screen play), Marc Connelly (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fredric March ... Jonathan Wooley / Nathaniel Wooley / Samuel Wooley / Wallace Wooley
Veronica Lake ... Jennifer
Robert Benchley ... Dr. Dudley White
Susan Hayward ... Estelle Masterson
Cecil Kellaway ... Daniel
Elizabeth Patterson ... Margaret
Eily Malyon ... Tabitha Wooley
Robert Warwick ... J.B. Masterson
Robert Greig ... Town Crier
Viola Moore Viola Moore ... Martha
Mary Field ... Nancy Wooley
Nora Cecil ... Harriet Wooley
Emory Parnell ... Allen - Hotel Owner
Helen St. Rayner Helen St. Rayner ... Singer at Wedding
Aldrich Bowker ... Justice of the Peace
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Storyline

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 Finchster

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She's got him so he doesn't know which is witch! See more »


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Trivia

Not only was the TV show Bewitched (1964) influenced by this film, but Eily Malyon (who played Fredric March's mother in the opening witch burning scene) played a character named "Tabitha." See more »

Goofs

After Margaret raises the shade in Wallace's bedroom and turns around, her key light is noticeably turned on late. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: Pistol, pistol, let there be/Murder in the first degree
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Crazy Credits

The title card is shown with a background of the bride and groom flying around on a broom. See more »

Connections

Edited into Cheyenne: Satonka (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by George Frederick Root
In the score at the start of the 1861 scene
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Whimsical comedy with wonderful Lake...wooden March...
24 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Veronica Lake and Cecil Kellaway seem to get into the spirit of this whimsical comedy about witchcraft--while Fredric March (who reportedly disliked working with Lake whom he considered an inferior actress) does not come off well in comedy. Lake plays a witch whose ancestors burned her at the stake 300 years ago. March is engaged to Susan Hayward, but with the entry of Lake into his life, everything goes haywire. March is a gubernatorial candidate whose election to office is threatened by Lake's dexterity with broomstick magic.

Based on an unfinished novel by Thorne Smith (creator of "Topper"), the film emerges as a screwball romantic comedy well directed by Rene Clair and benefits from some good trick photography. The video print I have is on the murky side--I'm sure the original print featured better overall photography than the video version. With a cast that includes Robert Benchley among the supporting players, this is a comedy treat ideal for viewing on Halloween.

Warning: More enjoyable if the print quality is good!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Married a Witch See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$312,700
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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