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Bell Book and Candle ()


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A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations.
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Shepherd Henderson
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Gillian Holroyd
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Nicky Holroyd
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Sidney Redlitch
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Bianca de Passe
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Queenie Holroyd
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Merle Kittridge
Philippe Clay ...
French Singer at the Zodiac Club
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Tina - Shep's Secretary
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Andy White - Shep's Co-Publisher
The Brothers Candoli ...
Musicians at the Zodiac Club
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Mover (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
Monty Ash ...
Herb Store Owner (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Joe Barry ...
Exterminator (uncredited)
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Zodiac Club Proprietor (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Betty - Merle's Maid (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)
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Musician - A Candoli Brother (uncredited)
Pete Candoli ...
Musician - A Candoli Brother (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ...
Ad-lib Bit (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
James Lanphier ...
Waldo (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Gillian's Customer (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Ollie O'Toole ...
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pyewacket ...
The Cat (uncredited)
John Truax ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Quine

Written by

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Daniel Taradash ... (screenplay)
 
John Van Druten ... (play "Bell, Book and Candle")

Produced by

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Julian Blaustein ... producer

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George Duning

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James Wong Howe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Charles Nelson

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Eliot Elisofon ... special color consultant
Ralph James Hall ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Cary Odell

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Louis Diage

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Jean Louis ... (gowns)

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Helen Hunt ... hair stylist
Ben Lane ... makeup artist
Rhoda Donaldson ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Irving J. Moore ... assistant director (as Irving Moore)
Max Stein ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Jack Carter ... props (uncredited)
Jim Meehan ... lead man (uncredited)
Robert Pearl ... props (uncredited)

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Franklin Hansen ... sound (as Franklin Hansen Jr.)
John P. Livadary ... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Win Hancock ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe ... boom operator (uncredited)
Andy Payne ... cable person (uncredited)

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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)

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Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Henri Jaffa ... Technicolor color consultant
Irene Mayer Selznick ... play as produced in New York by
Robert E. Blair ... cat trainer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Gillian Holroyd is just your average, modern-day, witch, living in a New York apartment with her Siamese familiar, Pyewacket. But one day a handsome publisher, Shep Henderson walks into her building and Gillian decides she wants him--especially as it turns out he's marrying Merle Kittridge, an old poison penpal from Gillian's college days. So, Gillian casts a spell over Shep. But her powers are in danger of being exorcised by something stronger than the bell-book-and-candle routine: Love. Written by Kathy Li

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Also Known As
  • Bell, Book and Candle (United States)
  • L'adorable voisine (France)
  • Meine Braut ist übersinnlich (Germany)
  • Em vaig enamorar d'una bruixa (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Me enamoré de una bruja (Spain)
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  • 106 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This was James Stewart's final appearance as a romantic lead. This was because many of the leading ladies that were playing his romantic interest were becoming younger and a few were half his age. The critics in 1958 felt that Stewart was miscast as a suave New York businessman, and he apparently agreed. After this film he would concentrate more on roles that portrayed him as an everyman or as a father figure. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Bride of Monster Mania (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Jingle Bells See more »
Quotes Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson: That girl you know, Gillian Holroyd, she's one.
Merle Kittridge: A witch?
Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson: Yes!
Merle Kittridge: Shep, you just never learned to spell.
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