Bell, Book and Candle
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John Van Druten's stage comedy Bell Book and Candle starred Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer on Broadway. The 1958 filmed version stars James Stewart and Kim Novak, fresh from their successful teaming in Hitchcock's Vertigo. Novak plays Gillian Holroyd, a genuine, bonafide witch. Falling in love with publisher Sheperd Henderson (Stewart), Gillian casts a spell on him, obliging him to dump his fiancee and rush to her side. All of this goes against the grain of Gillian's mentor Mrs. De Pass (Hermione Gingold), who does her best to counterract the love spell. Meanwhile, Gillian's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This whimsical comedy about modern-day witches stars Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in their second teaming (after Vertigo), but it's the supporting cast that shines."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Yep, I'm going to say it: Bewitching!"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"The airy Novak makes a strong impression, Stewart's comic chops remain in fine fettle, and the distinctive supporting cast can't be beat... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Expert film version of the play with gay subtext for days."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Realizado no mesmo ano de Um Corpo que Cai, traz Stewart e Novak sem um pingo da intensidade exibida no longa de Hitchcock. E por mais que Lemmon seja divertido, o filme soa como um ensaio mal-sucedido de A Feiticeira."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"...a charming bit of whimsy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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