Golden Age of the Silver Screen

I Married a Witch (1942)

Episode #11

United Artists released I Married a Witch on October 30, 1942. René Clair directed film starring Fredric March, Veronica Lake, and Robert Benchley.

‘I Married a Witch’ Movie Summary

In 1672, puritan Jonathan Wooley burns two witches at the stake. In revenge, Jennifer curses all future generations of the Wooley family. She declares all future Wooley sons will always marry the wrong woman and be miserable for the rest of their lives. Fast forward to the 20th century, where a bolt of lightning frees Jennifer and her father from the tree that had kept their souls imprisoned. Jennifer assumes a corporeal form, and decides to make up-and-coming politician Wallace Wooley, currenty unhappily engaged, even more miserable. She plans to make him fall in love with her before his wedding. However, Wallace is very straight laced, so Jennifer must resort to a love potion to snare him, and then things go all wrong.

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United Artists released I Married a Witch on October 30, 1942. René Clair directed film starring Fredric March, Veronica Lake, and Robert Benchley.

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  1. You might have mentioned “Bell, Book, and Candle” as another source for “Bewitched”. And I think most people will be unaware that “I Married A Witch”, along with the “Topper” movies and TV series, was based on the writing of humorous fantasist Thorne Smith, whose Prohibition-era characters generally spent most of their time drunk and/or bed hopping. One of his books, “Turnabout”, might be the granddaddy of all the body-switching comedies that came along later. If you think of the high-flown banter in the Thin Man movies, that’s the flavor of Smith’s humor. I’ve actually hurt myself laughing at “Night Life of the Gods”, my personal favorite, in which a mad inventor and his semi-immortal paramour Megaera unloose the Roman gods on NYC by bringing their statues to life.

    1. I have not read any of Thorne Smith’s work, but I think it’s time I have! I do know that Dashiell Hammett was a fan of Smith’s “Did She Fall?” Have you read that one?

        1. I went to the library this afternoon. They had “The Night Life of the Gods” and I checked it out. I’m going to start reading that in the morning.

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