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I Married a Witch (Criterion Collection)
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Veronica Lake (Sullivan's Travels) casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them—a prospective governor (Design for Living’s Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (I Want to Live's Susan Hayward). This most delightful of the films the innovative French director René Clair (Le million) made in Hollywood is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms.
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This is a pretty bare bones release (how we get spoiled from the special features) where the movie stands on its own. There is an audio interview from the director that I didn't listen much of. This is a wonderful movie and Criterion keeps releasing these classics like no one else would. Would have been nice for Criterion to start their Dual Format (DVD disc included) with this delightful comedy. Next up: Criterion's Eyes Without a Face and The Uninvited on blu ray. Cannot wait!!
Veronica Lake is stunning as a witch who puts a curse on the descendants of the judge who convicted her of witchcraft in Puritan New England. Cecil Kellaway is charming. Fredric March plays the descendants from the 17th century until the present day (1942), doomed to suffer miserable marriages. Great sets, great costumes, great hair, great story by the writer of Topper. Lake must have been quite a diva. She and Fredric March loathed one another. March said working with her was the worst experience of his life, and he worked with Miriam Hopkins! Joel McCrea turned it down because he refused to work with her after Sullivan's Travels.
Speaking of divas, Susan Hayward is in it too!
Best part of this film, seeing Mrs. Trumbull from I Love Lucy as Wooley's (Fredric March) housekeeper.
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Cute oldie and one of the movies that ultimately inspired Bewitched. It was fun revisiting a childhood favorite!