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Bell, Book and Candle. Richard Quine 98min. U Certificate. Review Our Score. The play on which this precursor to TV's Bewitched is based was a theatre hit for the elegant pairing of Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer. Although James Stewart and Kim Novak - reunited from the same year's Vertigo - are pleasant enough in this screen version, they are left struggling in a lush but charmless adaptation sadly lacking the right magical brew. Novak was director Richard Quine's muse and lover , but both did better work apart, particularly Quine, who also paired this film's co-stars Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs to far better effect in Operation Mad Ball.
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It stars Kim Novak as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, played by James Stewart. The film is considered Stewart's final as a romantic lead. In the late s, during the Christmas holiday season, Greenwich Village witch Gillian Holroyd, a free spirit with a penchant for going barefoot , is bored, a little depressed and restless in life. She admires her new neighbor, publisher Shep Henderson, who lives above her rare African art store and ground floor apartment. When Shep arrives upstairs and unlocks his own front door he discovers Gillian's aunt Queenie rummaging around in his living room. She also lives in the building and has her own curiosity, because he's recently moved in and she seems to want to know more about him by studying his belongings.