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Bell, Book and Candle
Not Rated
106 minutes
Comedy Romance
1958

Based on John Van Druten's hit play, this adroit romantic comedy stars Kim Novak as a witch living in modern Manhattan. She wishes to fall in love, but fights the impulse, as it would mean the loss of her powers. Enter Jimmy Stewart as a handsome publisher. Lovingly directed by Richard Quine, scripted by Daniel Taradash and beautifully filmed in New York by James Wong Howe, it treats the world of magic with a straight face, making it all the more believable. The splendid cast also includes Jack Lemmon as Novak's mischievous brother (who moonlights as a bongo player in a beatnik nightclub), Elsa Lanchester as their batty old aunt, and Ernie Kovacs as a self-obsessed author who thinks he's onto something, as well as Hermione Gingold, Janice Rule, the Candoli Brothers, and Pyewacket (Kim's cat). It received Oscar® nominations for Art Direction and Costume Design, and was the 50-year-old Stewart's last film as a romantic leading man. Amusingly, many people began naming their cats "Pyewacket" when it was released, and to this day, it remains one of Novak's most beloved pictures.

Cast
James Stewart
Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson
Kim Novak
Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd
Jack Lemmon
Nicky Holroyd
Ernie Kovacs
Sidney Redlitch
Hermione Gingold
Bianca de Passe
Elsa Lanchester
Aunt Queenie Holroyd
Carl Benton Reid
Director
Richard Quine
Writer
Screenplay by Daniel Taradash; From the Play by John Van Druten
Producer
Julian Blaustein
Facts
Country USA
Language English