Christmas 2022: Bell, Book and Candle

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CertificateU
Year1958
GenreComedy, Romance, Fantasy
DirectorRichard Quine
WritersDaniel Taradash
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 42MINS
SeasonChristmas 2022

Following the success of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Kim Novak and James Stewart team up again in this wonderfully wicked alternative to a white Christmas with a bit of the ol’ black magic.

Gillian (Novak) is a fiercely independent young woman living in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and running a shop selling African art and artefacts. After taking a liking to her neighbour Shep (Stewart), and then subsequently discovering that he is engaged to her old school nemesis Merle (Janice Rule), Gillian decides to break them up by bewitching him on Christmas Eve with a spell to make him fall for her instead.

Supported by her eccentric Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lanchester) and her bongo-playing warlock brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon), Gillian must decide whether to stay with her community of witches and warlocks or give up her powers to be with Shep.