Sunday, October 24, 2010
31 Days of Halloween - Day 24 - Movie
Bell, Book and Candle (1958) is a romantic comedy that I'm not going to say too much about. If you haven't seen it, you should. If you have seen it, then you know the intricacies of the story already. Telling too much about really would be spoiling it.
In essence, Kim Novak plays a witch in New York City who decides to use a spell to make publisher, Shepherd Henderson (James Stewart) fall in love with her, partly because she likes him, and partly because he's about to marry a woman (Janice Rule) that she despised back in college. The spell works, but then she ends up falling in love with him as well. Then things get complicated.
Bell, Book and Candle features fine performances from its cast which also includes Jack Lemmon, Elsa Lanchester, Hermione Gingold and Ernie Kovacs who steals every scene he's in. To further prove my fondness for this movie, Adam and Julia's cat in my comic book series Midnight, Mass. was named after Kim Novak's cat/familiar, Pywacket.