Bell, Book and Candle

Bell, Book and Candle

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Novak is a witch who casts a spell on a book publisher (Stewart) to make him fall in love with her. He is most unhappy when he finds out what happened.

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2017

I noticed a newspaper ad showcasing a local hipster theater headlining witch-themed films, and this retro title was included. I checked out the BPL's inventory, and, Voilà! there it was. Quaint. Dated, but entertaining, nevertheless. Jack Lemmon was comical grooving with his bongos. I read that Cary Grant vied for Jimmy Stewart's part, and that Jimmy felt miscast as Kim's love interest, as he was about twice Novak's age. Cute film.

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

I love this movie! The storyline is fun, and a bit unexpected for 1958. The movie has a few flaws, especially in the ending which conforms to 1950's norms, but it is still fun and entertaining. And surprisingly enough, it could be considered a Christmas film. So if you're looking for something a bit different to watch this Christmas, look no further than Bell, Book, and Candle.

d2013 Aug 23, 2014

Enjoyable 50s classic!

aced2000 Feb 12, 2013

I returned this to the Lundhurst Library on Monday evening Feb 11th...so why is it still look as if it has not been returned?

theorbys Aug 01, 2012

As a story it's only a 3 star film, but it's strong high 50s look, in full technicolor, and it's views of Manhattan make it something of a feast for the eyes. And thenyou get to see Hermione Gingold, a VERY young Jack Lemon, Ernie Kovaks, and Elsa Lanchester do their respective things. Lastly it is certainly not a bad movie. So 4 qualified stars in my opinion.

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GuyN
Apr 10, 2012

This 1958 movie has a great cast with Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester, and Pyewacket backing up our leads, Jimmie Stewart and Kim Novak. The only absolutely career best performance, however, is by Pyewacket (who may even be several cats) as a Siamese cat being a familiar to Kim Novak and briefly to Hermione Gingold). I grew up with Siamese and I grok their language. I always remember this movie as better than it really is, but it is a passable rom-com (as we say today) nicely shot in Technicolor, staying mostly close to the play's stage bound scenes (lovely set design), and interesting located in 1958 Manhattan complete with hip jazz/beat nightclub in a brick basement. Even right after I watch it I feel it was better than the sum of its parts. Call it a guilty pleasure.

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rslade
Feb 10, 2012

Stewart can act, Novak can't. But, with the help of some great actors in supporting roles, the thing is, at least, amusing. Decent date movie.

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Khekabeka
Dec 17, 2011

With stars like Kim Novak and James Stewart (Jimmy) how could you not expect to find a fantasic release to a film.

this is a great classic that will certainly be added to my personal collection.

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phyllis49
Mar 14, 2012

Novak is a witch who casts a spell on a book publisher (Stewart) to make him fall in love with her. He is most unhappy when he finds out what happened.
Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester.

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