I Married a Witch

1942

I Married a Witch

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As she burns at the stake, a 17th century witch, Jennifer (Veronica Lake), places a curse on her accuser (Fredric March), so that from this day forward, all of his descendants (each played by him) will be unhappy in marriage. After several hilarious through-the-years examples (the Civil War-era Fredric March runs off to battle rather than endure his wife's nagging), we are brought up to 1942. Wallace Wooley (March) is a gubernatorial candidate, preparing to wed snooty socialite Estelle Masterson (Susan Hayward) -- the well-to-do daughter of a publisher who is backing him. A bolt of lightning strikes the tree where Jennifer had been executed three centuries earlier, thereby freeing the spirits of Jennifer and her warlock father, Daniel (Cecil Kellaway). Wallace meets Jennifer when she materializes in a burning building, obliging him to save her life. The revivified sorceress does everything in her power to induce Wallace to fall in love with her -- even destroying the ceremony in which the wedding is supposed to take place. The attempts succeed, and the two marry, but on their wedding night, Wallace refuses to believe Jennifer's claims that she is a witch. Frustrated, she attempts to convince him by doctoring the gubernatorial election -- in his favor. Based on the Thorne Smith novel The Passionate Witch, the rollicking I Married a Witch can be considered the forerunner of the TV series Bewitched, but only on a surface level. The film had been scheduled to be directed by Preston Sturges and to be released by its producing studio, Paramount; the end result was helmed by René Clair (his second Hollywood film), and was distributed by United Artists.

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Cast

Veronica Lake
as Jennifer
Fredric March
as Wallace Wooley
Susan Hayward
as Estelle Masterson
Robert Benchley
as Dr. Dudley White
Eily Malyon
as Tabitha
Robert Warwick
as J.B. Masterson
Nora Cecil
as Harriet
Aldrich Bowker
as Henry, Justice of the Peace
Emma Dunn
as Wife of the Justice of the Peace
Harry Tyler
as Prisoner
Ralph Peters
as Prisoner
Ann Carter
as Jennifer Jr., the Daughter
George Guhl
as Fred the policeman
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Jack Gardner
as Radio Voice
Eddy Chandler
as Motorcycle cop
Jack Luden
as Ambulance driver
Monte Blue
as Doorman
Mickey Rentschler
as Young Folks at Country Club
Lee Shumway
as Fireman
Billy Bevan
as Puritan vendor
Marie Blake
as Puritan
Charley Bates
as Woolley Jr.
Reed Hadley
as Young man
Florence Gill
as Woman Playing Chess
Robert Greig
as Town Crier
Mary Field
as Nancy Wooley
Kathryn Sheldon
as Elderly Wife
Al Bridge
as Prison Guard
Charles Bates
as Wooley Son
William Haade
as Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as Prison guard
Alan Bridge
as Prison Guard
Frank Mills
as Joe the Cabbie
Billy Bletcher
as Photographer
Gordon DeMain
as Man with Masterson
Georgia Backus
as Older woman
Chester Conklin
as Bartender
Kathrun Sheldon
as Elderly wife
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  • Oct 29, 2018
    Just a little too silly for me, even for a lighthearted fantasy. A bit like an old TV show (maybe 'I Dream of Jeannie'?), and lacking in charm. Also, Frederic March and Veronica Lake don't seem to match well, maybe because he was a bit dour at 45, and she was only 20. It's playful enough if you're looking for light fare.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2009
    Average. Was expecting better. And I really hated the old fashioned singing! Cute idea, though.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2008
    Delightful romantic fantasy, Veronica is truly bewitching, March is unusually lively, their chemistry is wonderful, you could never tell they absolutely loathed each other behind the scenes. Susan is a superlative bitch and all the other supporting characters are cast to perfection. All and all a marvelous experience.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    A cute pairing of the great Fredric March and the beautiful Veronica Lake in a wacky comedy with humor than holds up even today. Very entertaining. Fans of March and Lake won't be disappointed and those whom are unfamiliar might be won over.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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