I Married a Witch

A DVD review from The Movie Snob.

I Married a Witch  (B).  This is a 1942 comedy starring Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives) and Veronica Lake (Sullivan’s Travels).  I had never heard of it before, but I saw that it was in “The Criterion Collection,” a fancy-shmancy series of DVDs “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality.”  Plus, it was on sale, and I was curious to see what Veronica Lake actually looked like.  (You’ll recall that Kim Basinger played a supposed Veronica Lake look-alike in L.A. Confidential.)  Anyhoo, I Married a Witch is an enjoyable, if offbeat, little movie.  The opening scene establishes that back in Puritan times, a witch and her warlock father were burned for, well, witchcraft.  The witch (Lake) puts a curse on the Puritan fellow who accused her such that he (March) and his descendants will always marry unhappily until the curse is lifted.  Fast forward to 1942, and the father-and-daughter team are on the loose.  The Puritan’s descendant Wallace Wooley (also March) is running for political office and about to marry an obvious shrew played by Susan Hayward (Garden of Evil).  The witch decides to torment Wallace a little bit, and the movie goes on from there.  It’s a quirky little movie; the DVD booklet says that director Rene Clair was one of the early innovators of the cinema.  The TV show “Bewitched” seems to owe a little something to this film, and it also bears a certain resemblance to the much-worse movie Kitten With a Whip.  Worth seeing if the opportunity presents itself.

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3 comments on “I Married a Witch

  1. […] mutual home town of Boone City. There’s middle-aged Sergeant Al Stevenson (Fredric March, I Married a Witch), who’s returning to a comfortable job in banking and an established family. There’s […]

  2. […] And a few oldies…  Finally, I’ll tell you about a few classics that I saw for the first time this past year and really enjoyed.  Witness for the Prosecution, being a legal drama, goes to the head of the class here on The Movie Court.  I also saw and liked two Hitchcock movies I had never seen before, namely Rebecca and Strangers on a Train.  The delightful Shirley Jones made for a delightful musical in The Music Man.  And I got a kick out of the quirky old Veronica Lake vehicle I Married a Witch. […]

  3. […] who has gotten injured while on safari in Africa with his beautiful wife Helen (Susan Hayward, I Married a Witch).  He gets delirious with infection, and most of the movie is told in flashbacks–long ones […]

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