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Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

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John Van Druten's stage comedy Bell Book and Candle starred Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer on Broadway. The 1958 filmed version stars James Stewart and Kim Novak, fresh from their successful teaming in Hitchcock's Vertigo. Novak plays Gillian Holroyd, a genuine, bonafide witch. Falling in love with publisher Sheperd Henderson (Stewart), Gillian casts a spell on him, obliging him to dump his fiancee and rush to her side. All of this goes against the grain of Gillian's mentor Mrs. De Pass (Hermione

Mar 28, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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This whimsical comedy about modern-day witches stars Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in their second teaming (after Vertigo), but it's the supporting cast that shines.

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The airy Novak makes a strong impression, Stewart's comic chops remain in fine fettle, and the distinctive supporting cast can't be beat... [Blu-ray]

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Realizado no mesmo ano de Um Corpo que Cai, traz Stewart e Novak sem um pingo da intensidade exibida no longa de Hitchcock. E por mais que Lemmon seja divertido, o filme soa como um ensaio mal-sucedido de A Feiticeira.

May 13, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Yep, I'm going to say it: Bewitching!

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Expert film version of the play with gay subtext for days.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...a charming bit of whimsy.

April 7, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Bell, Book and Candle

I'm afraid after watching James Stewart and Kim Novak sizzle together in the classic Hithcock film Vertigo, released the same year, Bell, Book and Candle does quite satisfy. Obviously it's a totally different film to Vertigo (and a certain influence on the TV series BeWitched) but made so close together it was bound to raise comparisons. Vertigo shows an idea working well and Bell, Book and Candle shows an idea working less well. I'm even more disappointing as it has one of my all time favorites, Jack Lemmon is in it but has far too little screen time. There are of course lots of things to enjoy about the film, Stewart is Stewart but Novak is particularly delectable. It's a light comedy and as good as a light comedy can be.

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August 21, 2014
SirPant

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Interesting idea ("there be witches among us!") given a weak treatment. Stewart and Novak, together again after Vertigo earlier in the same year, cannot overcome the 25 years of age difference between them this time given a script without substance. Lemmon refuses to let the material overcome him though, and the cat, one Pywacket by name, seems to fare well. Eventually developed into the old teevee series, Bewitched.
August 7, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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This movie is so fun, and was probably the inspiration for the show Bewitched. It has a great cast too. The movie is pretty good, but it could've been better.
November 17, 2010
ajv2688

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Enchanting comedy with a nice sense of whimsy. Jimmy and Kim are well matched and the supporting cast is perfect. The casting director was spot on the day they cast Elsa Lanchester, Hermione Gingold and Jack Lemmon, with his mischievious grin, as witches and warlock. Kim Novak was at the peak of her beauty here and her clothes not only compliment her character she looks amazing in them.
April 16, 2010
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