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Criterion Collection: I Married a Witch [Blu-ray] [Import]

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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


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bewitching Comedy With Sexy Witch Veronica Lake June 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It's rare nowadays when you can say that you have seen a totally delightful comedy in the cinemas. That rare marriage of charming scenerio, ideally cast players, and romantic setting seems to be sadly a thing of the past which is why I always find "I Married a Witch", such enjoyable viewing. Here we have two very famous performers in dramatic veteran Fredric March, and Film Noir siren Veronica Lake playing against their usual "type" and having a field day cutting loose with this romantic screwball tale that combines sexy humour with elements of the supernatural. Based on the unfinished novel by "Topper", author Thorne Smith, "I Married a Witch", gave us a whole new image of what witches were like minus the warts and crooked nose and in much the same vein as the later legendary series "Bewitched", showed us witches who were playful and extremely sexy. Veronica Lake had I feel her most appealing role here and proved herself adept at frothy comedy and capable of far more than just looking slinky hiding behind her famous peek a boo hairstyle. Her chemistry with Fredric March is magical here (no pun intended!), and goes a long way towards making "I Married a Witch", the great success it is.
Veronica Lake plays a Salem witch who along with her father is burnt at the stake on charges of scorcery. Before her death however she places a curse on the decendants of the man responsible for the burning, one Wallace Wooley. They are all cursed to marry "unhappily", and then we are treated to a series of highly amusing "historical snippets" showing how each generation of the Wooley family falls victim to the curse with wives they would probably much prefer to see burnt at the stake!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A comedy fantasy June 13 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Format: Color
Studio: Warner Studios
Video Release Date: January 31, 1995
Cast:
Fredric March ... Jonathan Wooley/Nathaniel Wooley/Samuel Wooley/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
Gordon De Main ... Man with Masterson on Radio
Ralph Dunn ... First Jail Guard
Frank Elliott ... Magistrate
Franklyn Farnum ... Country Club Extra/Man at Fire
Jack Gardner ... Radio Voice
Robert Greig ... Town Crier
George Guhl ... Fred the policeman
William Haade ... Policeman
Reed Hadley ... Young man
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Tom, Bartender
Robert Homans ... The Fire Chief
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Wedding Guest
Peter Leeds ... Ambulance Attendant
Jack Luden ... Ambulance driver
Renny McEvoy ... Bellboy
David McKim ... Newsboy
Charles Bates ... Woolley Jr.
James Millican
Frank Mills ... Joe, cab driver
Charles R. Moore ... Samuel's Servant
Edmund Mortimer ... Wedding Guest
Emory Parnell ... The Hotel Owner
Brooks Benedict ... Country Club Extra
Ralph Peters ... Prisoner
Gerald Pierce ... Newsboy
Mickey Rentschler ... Boy at Country Club
Cyril Ring ... Country Club Extra
Ronald R. Rondell ... Country Club Extra/Wedding Guest
Billy Bevan ... Puritan vendor
Ernest Shields ... Waiter
Lee Shumway ... Fireman
Walter Soderling ... Chess Player
Bert Stevens ... Country Club Extra
Billy Bletcher ... Photographer
Monte Blue ... Doorman
Harry Tyler ... Prisoner
Dan White ... Fireman
Wade Boteler ...
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I once did a list for a friend of the ten sexiest female characters in the movies. Veronica Lake's lovely witch ranked very high on that list. Although she starred in several other classic films from 1942 to 1946, this movie is easily my favorite. Much of her reputation today is based on her several appearances in film noir classics (THIS GUN FOR HIRE, THE GLASS KEY, and THE BLUE DAHLIA), but I actually preferred her in this film and to a lesser degree SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS.
The rest of the cast is just as delightful. Fredric March is everything you could ask a romantic lead who is descended from Puritans to be, and Cecil Kellaway and Robert Benchley take turns stealing scenes.
Of all the European directors forced by political turmoil in Germany and Italy to work in the US temporarily in the thirties and forties, Rene Clair probably had the most successful record. While his best work remains the extraordinary films he made in the early thirties working in France (SOUS LES TOITS DE PARIS, À NOUS LA LIBERTÉ, and, my favorite Clair film, LE MILLION), he nonetheless managed to make some exquisite films both in England (THE GHOST GOES WEST) and the US (IT HAPPENED TOMORROW and the marvelous comic mystery film AND THEN THERE WERE NONE).
Much is made of the fact that I MARRIED A WITCH inspired the sixties TV show BEWITCHED, but I think this can be overdone. BEWITCHED was a situation comedy, whereas I MARRIED A WITCH depends much more on the irony of a witch falling in love with the ancestor of the Puritans who had cursed her a few hundred years before. In BEWITCHED, it is immaterial who Darrin and Samantha's forebears were, whereas the heart of the movie depends on ancestry.
All lovers of classic comedy, classic Hollywood, or classic directors should definitely see this film if they haven't already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lightness and beauty
Gone are the days when one could have fun with the burning of witches. Today we take ourselves so darn seriously... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. CHIASSON
4.0 out of 5 stars What a forgotten treasure!!!!
Been a fan of classic cinema my whole life. All of us who are a certain age remember one could watch old movies on the late show or on weekend matinee's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joker-scar
2.0 out of 5 stars I Loved A Witch
I Married a Witch

The witch myth originates in infantile psychology, along with Original Sin. Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. Pawels
5.0 out of 5 stars Suberbly Great
This movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is hilarous and the character of Veronica Lake is sooooo great. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by "georgebourne740"
5.0 out of 5 stars I have dreamed of it for 30 years.
I first saw the film in France (and in French) some 30 years ago. Oh my Gosh! The plot is funny, enthralling and well-build. Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by FRANCOIS
5.0 out of 5 stars I Grant Thee Three Wishes!
I love this movie. Do you like a little romance? Do you like a little magic? Do you worship "Practical Magic"? Move over Sandra Bullock! Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002 by "kissesbythelake"
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealist romantic fantasy in Hollywood.
Rene Clair's greatest American film, with the old Surrealist turning what could have been merely a supernatural comic romp into something truly plangent. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2001 by darragh o'donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a keeper
I used to enjoy this movie as a child. I made my daughter watch this movie against her will at the age of 9. Now at 18 she still loves watching this movie. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by "thelurg36"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a witch!
Veronica Lake reveals a glittering comic ability and proves that she was more than just a luscious film-noir femme fatale type in this gem, a talent she would further go on to... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2001 by LazyLegs
5.0 out of 5 stars I married a, what?
Fredric March of "Seven Days in May" (1964) fame gets to quickly play several descendents of the pilgrim Wooley (Jonathan, Nathaniel, Samuel, and Wallace. Read more
Published on July 24 2000 by bernie
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