Bell, Book and Candle

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures ; Phoenix Production ; produced by Julian Blaustein ; directed by Richard Quine ; screenplay by Daniel Taradash
Title: Bell, book and candle
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Columbia TriStar Home Video,, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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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?

Report This Aug 01, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 10, 2012
  • GuyN rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Report This Dec 17, 2011
  • Khekabeka rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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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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