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Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

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James Stewart James Stewart
Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson
Kim Novak Kim Novak
Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd
Jack Lemmon Jack Lemmon
Nicky Holroyd
Ernie Kovacs Ernie Kovacs
Sidney Redlitch
Hermione Gingold Hermione Gingold
Bianca de Passe
Elsa Lanchester Elsa Lanchester
Aunt Queenie Holroyd
Janice Rule Janice Rule
Merle Kittridge
Philippe Clay Philippe Clay
French Singer at the Zodiac Club


Written by
Daniel Taradash Daniel Taradash
(screenplay)
John Van Druten John Van Druten


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Bell Book and Candle

1 year, 5 months ago at Jul 20 4:09
In the right role, Kim Novak’s detached glamour and chilly braininess could be used to great effect. In 1958, two of the best films to utilize her strengths as an actress and screen presence allowed for her to play roles that mirror each other in unique and strange ways. Vertigo is the more lauded classic, for obvious reasons, but Bell Book and Candle is a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy. ... read more
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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.
Release date: 19 December 1958
UPC: 043396013292
Tags: Comedy (9), Romance (9), 1958 (7), 1950s (6), Witchcraft (4), Witch (4), Based On Play (3), Fantasy (3), New York (3), Publishing (3), Christmas (3), MMG (2), Fantasy/sci-fi (2), Classic (2), Growth/healing (2), Masculine/feminine (2), Myth/religion (2), Cat (2), Spiritual Cinema (2), D.T. (2)
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Bell Book and Candle

“In the right role, Kim Novak’s detached glamour and chilly braininess could be used to great effect. In 1958, two of the best films to utilize her strengths as an actress and screen presence allowed for her to play roles that mirror each other in unique and strange ways. Vertigo is the more lauded classic, for obvious reasons, but Bell Book and Candle is a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy.   Both films star Novak and James Stewart as lovers circling each other in erotic obsession and longing. Vertigo positions Stewart as Hitchcock’s proxy, willfully recreating the pliable starlet into his dream woman, before driving her mad by trying to force her into a limited role. Bell Book and Candle has Novak as the main aggressor, partially out of boredom with her life as a Greenwich Villa” read more

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