Bell, Book and Candle

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From the stage play of the same name by John Van Druten

A man who lives upstairs from two witches gets drawn into their world when one of them falls in love with him.

It was the 2015 New Year’s Day Videofest, and this year’s theme was WITCHES. I had wanted to put this on the list, but it didn’t stream from anywhere I had access to, and Redbox didn’t have it.

Oh well, I said, I’ll have to pick something else.

But wait! said Spider Jerusalem, I own it on DVD, you can borrow it if you want.

Really? I said, knowing that most of his collection consists of explosions and gunfights, you own this?

Yes, he said, it’s great.

And we held the videofest…but this movie wasn’t chosen. So a couple of nights later, Mr. Otter and I watched it, because 9 times out of 10, if SJ likes it, we will too.

And we did! there were so many things to like:

Firstly, the cast is great: Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak (gorgeous), a very young Jack Lemmon as the ne’er do well interfering brother, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester, Ernie Kovacs, a great cast.

Secondly, the costumes and set design are beautiful. Really really excellent.

Thirdly…Pyewacket, the best Siamese cat ever. I wanted to take him off the screen and cuddle him. What a sweetie.

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A funny, charming, well-written movie, and we really enjoyed it. SJ is right again!

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