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I Married a Witch (1942)

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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HEY VERONICA, got room on your broom for me? (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me casé con una bruja See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$312,700, 20 January 1943
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many scenes had to be reshot because of the unprofessional behavior of Veronica Lake. Fredric March, her co-star, found her particularly annoying. Other Lake co-stars held her in the same low esteem. See more »

Goofs

After Margaret raises the shade in Wallace's bedroom and turns around, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving across the bed's canopy, upper right. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: [(sings)] For tonight I merry merry be / Tomorrow I'll be sober.
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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

Featured in Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986) 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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Haunt Me, Please Haunt Me!!
4 June 2004 | by fairbSee all my reviews

I'm sure there are many women just as beautiful as Veronica Lake. I'm sure there were, and will be, directors as gifted as Rene Clair. And I'm sure there are Irish mischief makers as amusing as Cecil Kellaway. And politicians as stuffy and pompous as Frederic March. But the combination here in this wonderful fluff is without equal.

Some Hollywood ace, befuddled and benumbed on a steady diet of coke and guacamole, has decided to remake this amazing film. Perhaps we will be shown a flash of real naked witch. But it will never be as sensual as the imagined view of Lake, as she appears in a smoke-filled hotel room. Perhaps in the re-make we will be shown the two characters locked together in a passionate embrace. But it will never equal what we imagine as we see the two ascend the stairs in this wonderful original.

It's not that Hollywood is doomed to produce banality in this new century; it's just that they seem to like it. There are very few films as good as I Married A Witch and there are very few directors who can call on studios like Paramount to supply them with gifted artists and craft persons to equal this witty and wonderful confection. Why even Susan Hayward, who did well with her strident image of bitchiness, is just right here. I suspect that new generations of filmgoers will never see this lovely film, for it is now OOP - out of print. But the horror of it all is I suspect those who made the new film never bothered to screen the old one, being convinced that they had nothing to learn about the craft of cinema.

That they were wrong becomes more obvious as the distance between the old and the new is measured in financial disaster. Perhaps next they might try to remake Sous Les Toits de Paris.


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