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"Bell, Book and Candle" is a decent rom-com of a publisher (Stewart) who falls under the spell of a witch (Novak) in Manhattan. If you overlook the vastly varied age difference between the two leads, they manage to give ok performances, though not great. The film is somewhat redeemed by the supporting actors - Lemmon, Lanchester, Kovaks and Gingold - who should have gotten more screen time. As the rate indicates, passes the time.
Bell, Book and Candle may have been released the same year as Vertigo, but the flame between the two leads, Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, seems to have extinguished. Both seem to be sleepwalking through their roles, and the story is a very slow burn that ends up going exactly where you thought it would. I wanted to like this movie more than I did.
Mildly boring escapade of a gray haired man chasing a young woman around her shop. Small tinges of a pre-formed TV "Bewitched" are thrown in, but not enough to be interesting. The black cat is the magical focus. Fairly mundane and boring.
Silly and boring. Proving again, nothing dates more quickly than comedy.
The best comedy romance movie ever made!
kim novak is prettier here than she was in any other movie. if the producers had more sense, they would have cast sinatra instead of stewart and included songs. but what they did include was a reasonable story line and fairly good fun.
James Stewart took a break from serious westerns and even seriouser Hitchcock thrillers to make one of the fluffiest witch movies of all time. It certainly has some high points: the underground witch bar; the cute script; Jack Lemmon. Unfortunately, it's simply not nearly as funny as it wants to be, and the final lesson is atrocious (the witch lady is a despicable character and her arch is completely inappropriate). Disappointing.
One of the best- fun Christmas time movie
If you want to see James Stewart and Kim Novak in a movie together, watch Vertigo. BB&C is a mediocre fantasy about benign (mostly) witchcraft, with Novak, Elsa Lanchester, and Hermione Gingold as witches, and Jack Lemmon as a warlock! It is as ridiculous as it sounds. Lemmon is disappointing after his turn in Mr. Roberts, not funny at all. I don't know if it is supposed to be a comedy (not funny) or a romantic comedy (not romantic), or a drama (not good as that). I found it rather boring, not nearly the "classic" some people gush over.
Unusual romantic "comedy" that seems to draw on the fear of our young women becoming too powerful and independent for their own good.