I Married a Witch [VHS] [Import]
This fun and stylish Rene Clair comedy gave two big Hollywood names--Fredric March and Veronica Lake--a chance to break away from their stereotypically serious roles (as intense leading man and film noir vamp, respectively) and exercise their funny bones. The sultry Lake stars as a Salem witch burned at the stake who returns to haunt the descendants of the Puritans who let her smolder, namely aspiring politician March. Lake concocts a love potion for her victim that will get him to fall in love with her, rather than his snooty fiancée (Susan Hayward in one of her early roles). Things get a wee bit complicated when said potion works its spell on Lake instead and she falls head over broomstick for March. Blissfully hilarious and romantic, this Witch is blessed with great chemistry between March and Lake (who never looked lovelier), dryly funny one-liners, and a scene-stealing performance by Cecil Kellaway as Lake's perennially drunk warlock dad. Robert Benchley of Algonquin Round Table fame also pops up in a supporting role. Rumored but never actually confirmed to be the basis for the hit TV series Bewitched. --Mark Englehart
It was inevitable that the evil father and daughter witch team would return to do more mischief. Will this backfire and will he or she learn from not to be so evil or will they keep it bottled up?
You may be able to identify with the curse. So you need to be sure your spouse sees you laugh at this.
This is one of those situation comedies that you just assume they end up to grater. Don’t be too sure.
There is really very little resemblance between this story and the situation comedy “Bewitched”.
I have has several copies as they slowly improve the picture and even the sound. The best copy at the time of this review is I Married a Witch (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]. They used a 2k restoration process. There are a couple of times that it looks like they missed; however for the most part it is a perfect restoration. There is no voice over commentary or making of extras.
Bell, Book and Candle
It begins in the crowd; the town has turned out for the burning of two witches, and they were witches in the oldest stereotypical meaning. Smoke rises from the hill, the deed already done, the pop-meze vendor is trying to hawk the last of his wares before the crowd disburses, and the camera moves in to hear a conversation between a man, Mr. Worley, and his mother. We gather the man turned the woman and her father in, and she cursed him and all of his male progeny who will always marry very, very badly. His mother calls another woman to them, we find she is his bride-to-be, and receive a glimpse of how very bad it will indeed be for him and his descendants. A man of authority moves through the crowd with a sapling, telling us they are planting it on the site to trap the spirits of the dead within the tree forever. This is the beginning, and we jump forward in time from unhappy Worley, to unhappy Worley until “present day,” where we find the current Mr. Worley will marry badly tomorrow.
So where does the “Witch” he married come in you ask? We see the tree struck by lightning, releasing the spirits of father, and daughter. Now the fun begins, forsooth it is a comedy after all, and to say more would spoil to fun.
Play The Movie 1 hour 17 minutes
Renѐ Clair 20 minutes
Trailer 1 minute