Bell, Book and Candle () directed by Richard Quine • Reviews, film + cast • LetterboxdSign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Edit Bell Book and Candle Shepherd Henderson Kim Novak
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Sign in. Watch now. Title: Bell Book and Candle Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic. An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder. A father's attempts to protect his college-age daughter from trouble backfire and he finds himself in the middle of scandal after scandal.
It rarely gets an airing on TV any more, but this movie starring Jimmy Stewart is one of the best festive films ever, says David Barnett… and no, not the one you think. Think of Christmas movies, and what springs to mind? For me, Christmas is witches and warlocks, bongos and beatniks, a classic golden age Hollywood pairing and, hands down, one of the finest and most criminally underrated festive movies of all time. I am, of course, talking about Bell, Book and Candle. Our scene opens in a shop selling African art and artefacts, where a handsome cat with coldly-burning eyes of intelligent blue leaps on to the shoulder of Hitchcock blonde Kim Novak.
Delightful spoof on witchcraft, wherein publisher Stewart falls beneath the love spell put on him by beautiful witch Novak on Christmas Eve after he walks into her art store. Stewart postpones his wedding to Rule and slavishly follows Novak about. She, being a witch, is incapable of love but enjoys taking a man away from her stuck-up friend Rule. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Sign up to get started Login About My Watchlist.
Bell, Book and Candle. Richard Quine 98min. U Certificate. Review Our Score. The play on which this precursor to TV's Bewitched is based was a theatre hit for the elegant pairing of Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer. Although James Stewart and Kim Novak - reunited from the same year's Vertigo - are pleasant enough in this screen version, they are left struggling in a lush but charmless adaptation sadly lacking the right magical brew. Novak was director Richard Quine's muse and lover , but both did better work apart, particularly Quine, who also paired this film's co-stars Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs to far better effect in Operation Mad Ball.