Bell, Book and Candle
Getting Here is Half the Fun
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancee, so she enchants him to love her instead... only to fall in love with him for real.
This is a film of tremendous style and energy... for the first 30 minutes. Once Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak get together, "Bell, Book and Candle" settles into a mediocre love story.
Nice little romantic comedy that plays out like an episode of Bewitched.
I always enjoy moves from the late '50s because of the beatnik culture that is hanging around. Perfect example in this movie is a swinging bar called Club Zodiac. Jack Lemmon is playing bongos in a bow-tie and suit. You even get a little French performance art. It's like watching TMZ when they cover all the celebrity hipsters.
Ernie Kovacs has some great moments. He plays his character with such subtlety, it's true comic genius.
This is such a wonderful film - it's funny and romantic and it's set over Christmas. The cast is perfect, there is some brilliant dialogue and it has a lightness that just doesn't exist in cinema now. Watch this after Vertigo for a much more optimistic story about love starring the same people! It's available on Blu ray from Twilight Time - although the DVD is perfectly fine.
I enjoyed this when I was younger. Kim Novak is pretty.
This is a minor but enjoyable romantic comedy that appears to have no significance beyond its immediate story, until a lovely last 15. Kim Novak is a New York witch who – literally – charms publisher Jimmy Stewart to stop him marrying her high school nemesis. It's a gentle and entertaining film, even if there are only a handful of real laughs ("Taxi! Oh taxi!”), with fine chemistry between the leads (reunited after Vertigo) and a really awesome, snow-tinged set. In support, Elsa Lanchester spouts vacantly, Ernie Kovacs drinks a lot and Jack Lemmon offers a vivid demonstration of what he'll do if you don't rein him in. Mug incessantly and play the bongos.
Cute little picture from the late '50s. See it for the always reliable Jimmy Stewart, an entrancing Kim Novak, and the funny Jack Lemmon.
Delightful romantic comedy by way of witchcraft from the 50's. The two leads are obviously fantastic, but you also get Jack Lemmon and Elsa Lanchester, plus a great adapted screenplay and some genuinely charming hilarity.
"Have you been engaging in un-American activities?"
"No, I'd say very American...early American."
A couple of virtuosic performances from Jimmy Stewart and Jack Lemmon. An extremely fun little film.