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I Married a Witch (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 October 1942 (USA)
A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

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Margaret
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Tabitha Wooley
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J.B. Masterson
Robert Greig ...
Town Crier
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Martha
Mary Field ...
Nancy Wooley
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Harriet Wooley
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Allen - Hotel Owner
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Singer at Wedding
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Justice of the Peace
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In 1672, two witches (Jennifer and her father Daniel) were burned by puritan Jonathan Wooley. In revenge, Jennifer cursed all future generations of the Wooley family, that the sons will always marry the wrong woman and be miserable. In the 20th century, a bolt of lightning frees Jennifer and her father from the tree that had kept their souls imprisoned. Jennifer assumes corporeal form and decides to make up-and-coming politician Wallace Wooley, then unhappily engaged, even more miserable by getting him to fall in love with her before his wedding. Wallace is a straight arrow, though, and Jennifer has to resort to a love potion. As we all know, love potions tend to backfire, with comedic results. Written by Finchster

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30 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me casé con una bruja  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for US television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 2 September 1950. See more »

Goofs

The film opens with a scene of Puritans in the Massachusetts colony burning witches. No-one was ever burned for witchcraft in America. The accused witches of Salem, Massachusetts, and its environs were hanged, with the exception of Giles Corey, who was pressed to death with rocks. Burning was the European method of executing witches, and pop culture has long confused the two historical spheres. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: [(sings)] For tonight I merry merry be / Tomorrow I'll be sober.
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Opening credits prologue: Long, long ago, when people still believed in witches . . . . . See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played by a marching band
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Haunt Me, Please Haunt Me!!
4 June 2004 | by (Shediac River, New Brunswick) – See all my reviews

I'm sure there are many women just as beautiful as Veronica Lake. I'm sure there were, and will be, directors as gifted as Rene Clair. And I'm sure there are Irish mischief makers as amusing as Cecil Kellaway. And politicians as stuffy and pompous as Frederic March. But the combination here in this wonderful fluff is without equal.

Some Hollywood ace, befuddled and benumbed on a steady diet of coke and guacamole, has decided to remake this amazing film. Perhaps we will be shown a flash of real naked witch. But it will never be as sensual as the imagined view of Lake, as she appears in a smoke-filled hotel room. Perhaps in the re-make we will be shown the two characters locked together in a passionate embrace. But it will never equal what we imagine as we see the two ascend the stairs in this wonderful original.

It's not that Hollywood is doomed to produce banality in this new century; it's just that they seem to like it. There are very few films as good as I Married A Witch and there are very few directors who can call on studios like Paramount to supply them with gifted artists and craft persons to equal this witty and wonderful confection. Why even Susan Hayward, who did well with her strident image of bitchiness, is just right here. I suspect that new generations of filmgoers will never see this lovely film, for it is now OOP - out of print. But the horror of it all is I suspect those who made the new film never bothered to screen the old one, being convinced that they had nothing to learn about the craft of cinema.

That they were wrong becomes more obvious as the distance between the old and the new is measured in financial disaster. Perhaps next they might try to remake Sous Les Toits de Paris.


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