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I Married a Witch1942

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  • 3.9
As she burns at the stake, a 17th century witch, Jennifer, places a curse on her accuser so from that day forward, all of his descendants will be unhappy in marriage. Centuries later, Wallace Wooley is a gubernatorial candidate, preparing to wed snooty socialite Estelle Masterson, 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. 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.

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"...if it takes a supernatural premise to see Lake sliding down a grand stairwell and wolfing down platefuls of pancakes, so much the better: how rare for a 1940s actress to have fun being bad and get away with it." - Max Goldberg, Keyframe


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This movie is a sophisticated bonbon -- droll, at turns witty and absurd, but always with a light touch. Veronica Lake seems to be having the time of her life in the role, which makes it an utter pleasure to watch her.

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This movie is a sophisticated bonbon -- droll, at turns witty and absurd, but always with a light touch. Veronica Lake seems to be having the time of her life in the role, which makes it an utter pleasure to watch her.

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I Married a Witch was a fun romp all the way through. Today we have some trouble imagining the world as it was in the last century and films like this one give us a precious look-back into that time. Kind of like getting a glimpse of grandparents being full-blown people...not just your grandparents. Near the end of the film we get a neat run-down of the prices charged in 1942 for a marriage by the local justice of the peace and the prices are hilarious... and thought-provoking as they show us just how much things have changed. Well worth the time to watch it, and I would like to own it. It's just plain heart-warming.

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A most DELIGHTFUL film. Delightful! Is love stronger than witchcraft? Give it a watch. Veronica Lake is totally gorgeous and bewitching in an astonishing performance and Frederic March shows virtuosity in multiple bewitching situations. Had heard of both but had seen neither. What a treat! Susan Hayward is compelling in her role as a total biiiitch and Cecil Kelloway entertains as Daddy Warlocks. Watch for the curious way the ballot boxes are stuffed. Charming special effects, simply charming. And no wonder the film was so good: A production of the original United Artists, the company formed by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and the nasty racist D. W. Griffith to carve out artistic freedom from the studio system. Pop some popcorn. Get comfortable. Enjoy. Did I say that Veronica Lake is positively, err, well, uhhh... enchanting?

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“I Married A Witch” is a Screwball among the Screwballs. Rene Clair’s manic, unpredictable romp zigs and zags around the conventions of 1940’s Hollywood comedies. The production was as cursed as it’s characters: rotating writers, squabbling actors, and a phantom producer—Preston Sturges.

Sturges’ presence is everywhere—plotline, gags, bit players—but his name isn’t in the credits (he walked away from the production in dispute). While it didn’t set the box office on fire when it was released, you can see the influence this movie had about 20 years later on a little tv show called “Bewitched.”

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I hate to admit that I originally saw this movie when it first came out in the 1940s. It holds up and Veronica Lake is still one-eyed knock-out.

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I first watched I Married a Witch on ultra-late night TV. I loved it and still do. This is quintessential Veronica Lake peek-a-boo. This movie is a screwball comedy with an excellent cast. I Married a Witch is a top-notch escapist motion picture. It is well worth the 77 minutes. You won't regret watching (I hope).

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Charming.

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Amusing and well done. The teevee series "Bewitched" was based on this. I actually like this better than most of Rene Clair's earlier, French films.

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really silly & sweet _if you can get past the beginning it's worth the fun & Veronica Lake is beautiful

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A great movie that eventually produced the 60's Bewitch, which was a hit and a classic tv show. I enjoyed this classic as well.

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A charming film.Light hearted and fun.You see in it what might be the beginning of "Bewitched" or "Bell Cook and Candle"

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ultra charming

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All the set-backs of its era, but still lots of fun.

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Don't mistake the nursery rhyme aesthetics of the film for a non-serious endeavor. Surreal, effusive, beatific and bewitching, Veronica Lake is petulant and exceedingly charming. Lake is the consummate fuax-naif and her performance is filled with tongue in cheek sexual innuendo.

This movie is totally worth it for Lake's performance. A cute witch that is hilariously bad at implementing her plots, there's also a lot of daddy/daughter dynamics here. The first 40 minutes are fantastic, after that things sadly go south: Daddy goes from campy and endearingly devilish to a boring drunken patriarch and Lake's character is absurdly written to give up witchcraft in order to be a good wife and have babies.

this is a very nice movie, veronica lake is just fantastic - i can't but feel the creators of "bewitched" & "i dream of jeanie" got their ideas from this movie - good movie...