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Bell, Book and Candle

(DVD - 1999)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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
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Publisher: Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1958
Based on the play by John Van Druten
DVD special features include: production notes, interactive menus, vintage advertising, talent files, theatrical trailer, bonus trailers, and scene selections
Performers: Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester.
Summary: 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.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital
Other Language: English dialogue with optional Spanish language tracks with optional Spanish subtitles
Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Witchcraft Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Comedy films
Fantasy films
Films for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Witchcraft
Publisher No: 01329
ISBN: 0767821556
9780767821551
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
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Aug 23, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable 50s classic!

It's a decent period piece and the sets are great. Jimmy Stewart is charming, but the age difference with Kim Novak is off-putting. And she acts bored with the role. The movie's worth watching once, but it won't make my repeat list.

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?

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.

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.

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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