Bell, Book and Candle New York is a bewitching city, but in this 1958 romantic comedy the town is quite literally filled with witches and warlocks. Jimmy Stewart in his last romantic lead and his Veritgo love interest Kim Novak play quite different lovers in this hit based on the play by John Van Druten. Richard Quine, who was romantically linked at the time with Novak, directed this kooky tale of a Greenwich Village witch named Gillian (Novak) who has been unlucky in love. Gillian, though, is beginning to have feelings for her lanky neighbor Shep (Stewart) after he walks into her primitive art gallery one day to use the phone. She casts a love spell on him when she learns that he is about to marry a former college enemy (Janice Rule). Jack Lemmon plays Gillians happy-go-lucky warlock brother Nicky, and comedic genius Ernie Kovacs plays a writer collaborating with Nicky on a book about witches. And, of course, who can forget Pywacket, Gillians all-knowing black cat?
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