I Married a Witch

I Married a Witch

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Director: René Clair

Cast: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley

     
 

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As she burns at the stake, a 17th century witch, Jennifer (Veronica Lake), places a curse on her accuser (Fredric March), so that from this day forward, all of his descendants (each played by him) will be unhappy in marriage. After several hilarious through-the-years examples (the Civil War-era Fredric March runs off to battle rather than endure his wife's nagging),… See more details below

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Overview

As she burns at the stake, a 17th century witch, Jennifer (Veronica Lake), places a curse on her accuser (Fredric March), so that from this day forward, all of his descendants (each played by him) will be unhappy in marriage. After several hilarious through-the-years examples (the Civil War-era Fredric March runs off to battle rather than endure his wife's nagging), we are brought up to 1942. Wallace Wooley (March) is a gubernatorial candidate, preparing to wed snooty socialite Estelle Masterson (Susan Hayward) -- the well-to-do daughter of a publisher who is backing him. A bolt of lightning strikes the tree where Jennifer had been executed three centuries earlier, thereby freeing the spirits of Jennifer and her warlock father, Daniel (Cecil Kellaway). Wallace meets Jennifer when she materializes in a burning building, obliging him to save her life. The revivified sorceress does everything in her power to induce Wallace to fall in love with her -- even destroying the ceremony in which the wedding is supposed to take place. The attempts succeed, and the two marry, but on their wedding night, Wallace refuses to believe Jennifer's claims that she is a witch. Frustrated, she attempts to convince him by doctoring the gubernatorial election -- in his favor. Based on the Thorne Smith novel The Passionate Witch, the rollicking I Married a Witch can be considered the forerunner of the TV series Bewitched, but only on a surface level. The film had been scheduled to be directed by Preston Sturges and to be released by its producing studio, Paramount; the end result was helmed by René Clair (his second Hollywood film), and was distributed by United Artists.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
UPC:
0715515110914
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
270

Special Features

Audio interview with director René Clair; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Wallace Wooley
Veronica Lake Jennifer
Robert Benchley Dr. Dudley White
Susan Hayward Estelle Masterson
Cecil Kellaway Daniel
Elizabeth Patterson Margaret
Robert Warwick J.B. Masterson
Eily Malyon Tabitha Wooley
Robert Greig Town Crier
Viola Moore Martha
Mary Field Nancy Wooley
Nora Cecil Harriet
Emory Parnell Allen
Aldrich Bowker Henry, Justice of the Peace
Emma Dunn Wife of the Justice of the Peace
Chester Conklin Bartender
Broderick Crawford Actor
Gordon de Main Man with Masterson
Jack Gardner Radio Voice
Arthur Stuart Hull Guest
Mickey Rentschler Young Folks at Country Club
Helen St. Rayner Vocalist
Georgia Backus Older woman
Charley Bates Woolley Jr.
Billy Bevan Puritan vendor
Marie Blake Puritan
Billy Bletcher Photographer
Monte Blue Doorman
Wade Boteler Cop who arrests Daniel
Al Bridge Prison Guard
Ann Carter Jennifer Jr., the Daughter
Ralph Dunn Prison guard
Florence Gill Woman Playing Chess
George Guhl Fred the policeman
William Haade Policeman
Reed Hadley Young man
Jack Luden Ambulance driver
Frank Mills Joe, cab driver
Charles Moore Rufus
Ralph Peters Prisoner
Kathrun Sheldon Elderly wife
Ernie Shields Waiter
Lee Shumway Fireman
Harry Tyler Prisoner
Eddy Chandler Motorcycle cop

Technical Credits
René Clair Director,Producer
Marc Connelly Screenwriter
Marc Connolly Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Harry D. Mills Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Olson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Pirosh Screenwriter
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
Preston Sturges Producer
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Edna Warren Editor
Roy Webb Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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