#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Gillian Holroyd is just your average, modern-day, witch, living in a New York apartment with her Siamese familiar, Pyewacket. But one day a handsome publisher, Shep Henderson walks into her building and Gillian decides she wants him–especially as it turns out he’s marrying Merle Kittridge, an old poison penpal from Gillian’s college days. So, Gillian casts a spell over Shep. But her powers are in danger of being exorcised by something stronger than the bell-book-and-candle routine: Love.
Plot: A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancee, so she enchants him to love her instead… only to fall in love with him for real.
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This movie was like any Jimmy Stewart film,witty,charming and very enjoyable.Kim Novak’s performance as Gillian,the beautiful witch who longs to be human,is splendid,her subtle facial expressions,her every move and gesture all create Gillian’s unique and somewhat haunting character,she left us hanging on her every word.I should not fail to mention Ernie Kovacs’ and Elsa Lanchester’s highly commendable performances as the scotch loving writer obsessed with the world of magic(Kovacs) and the latter as the lovable aunt who can’t seem to stop using magic even when forbidden to.The romantic scenes between Stewart and Novak are beautifully done and the chemistry between them is great,but then again when is the chemistry between Jimmy Stewart and any leading lady bad!
Jimmy Stewart: Bewitched.
It’s a gentle, easy-going 1950s comedy. Kim Novak belongs to a coven of witches in Manhattan. She puts a spell on neighbor Jimmy Stewart out of boredom but eventually falls in love with him, losing her powers. See, witches are permitted to have “hot blood” but not love. Elsa Lanchester is Novak’s aunt, also a witch. Jack Lemmon is her brother, ditto. Hermione Gingold is the chief witch, and Ernie Kovacks is Sidney Redlich, an author who specializes in writing about witches.
I described it as a 1950s comedy because it could hardly be mistaken for anything else. Everything is so smooth and polished, from the set decoration, through wardrobe and plot, to the performances and direction. Take the character of Ernie Kovacks. He’s referred to as “a drunk and a nut.” And here’s how the movie demonstrates these traits. He asks for a second drink, and, though he always wears a jacket and tie like the other gentlemen, his hair is a bit long and tousled. That’s a strictly 1950s version of a drunk and a nut. Nothing is out of place; everything is tidy and free of dust. The soles of Jimmy Stewart’s shoes are barely scuffed.
And the Zodiac Club, where the witches hang out. It’s called “a low dive.” Yet it’s a clean, dark place with polite waiters, a quintet of musicians, neatly dressed clientèle, and potted plants against bare brick walls. That is not my idea or yours of a “low dive” — not even for Greenwich Village in 1958. My idea of a dive in Greenwich Village is Julius’s or The White Horse Tavern or The San Remo or The Swing Rendezvous, a now defunct lesbian hangout. The Zodiac Club is a high dive compared to these.
The kookiness we always hear about is muted by today’s standards. I mean, Kim Novak is odd because she runs around her apartment in her bare feet. And she wears a lot of black clothes like the Beatniks of the period did.
But never mind all that. It’s an enjoyable romantic comedy. Kim Novak is effective as Gillian, who runs a primitive art shop for the uptrodden. She has a strange beauty, bulky and ethereal at the same time. She glides rather than walks, a wispy presence. Her eyebrows seem drawn with a set of plastic French curves. And Jimmy Stewart is quite good as the bewildered and bewitched victim. In the 1930s he usually played in light roles. In the postwar years and for much of the 1950s he was the tortured protagonist, but here he puts his early experience in comedy to good use. Who could resist laughing when Hermione Gingold forces him to wear a shawl and drink a hideous concoction of putrid fluid in order to cure him of Novak’s spell? It’s good to see him as a stooge instead of the angry and indignant man of principle he was in danger of becoming. Richard Quine directs the movie quietly, without fireworks or special effects, and does some interesting things that the play couldn’t have had. Note the scene in which Novak casts the spell over Stewart, when the Siamese cat’s face and ears seem to merge with Novak’s startling eyes.
Ernie Kovacks in the 1950s was a well-known television personality. There was never anything quite like The Ernie Kovacks Show before — or after. It brings the word “surrealism” to mind. He could stage five minutes worth of wordless and indescribable tricks in an unpopulated room with only Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as background. And he did an unimpeachable sketch using the character of Percy Dovetonsils, an effete poet. The movie’s end credits kind of skip over The Condoli Brothers but that’s a little cavalier because these two guys — Pete and Conte — were virtuoso trumpeters with independent careers in jazz ensembles. Conte was later a member of Doc Severison’s band on Johnny Carson’s Late Show. You can see Conte play a few screwy solo notes in the “No Hay Banda” performance in David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive.”
The third act kind of bogs down a little and becomes more “romantic” than “comedy”. But it’s never dull. The whole film rolls along as neatly as Van Druten’s play and the kids will probably get a kick out of it too.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Director Richard Quine
Writer Daniel Taradash (screenplay), John Van Druten (play)
Actors James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations.
Production Company Phoenix Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm