I Married A Witch

I Married A Witch

Downloadable Video - 1942
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.
Publisher: [USA] : , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1942]
Copyright Date: ©1942
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 13 min. 20 sec.)) : sound, color

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Elmo_Stonehands Jun 04, 2018

A charming film from 1942. A witch burned at the stake with her father returns after more than 250 years to torment the descendant of their accuser. She tries to get him to take a love potion in order to make him fall in love with her, but ends up taking it herself by accident. This results in her falling in love with him instead, to the dismay of her warlock father.

Despite their mutual personal antipathy (during a scene in which March had to carry Lake in his arms, she is reported to have hidden a forty pound weight in her dress) Fredric March and Veronica Lake offer excellent performances in this lighthanded romantic comedy. With a screenplay started by the iconic American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and finished by Robert Pirosh, the story is well told and engaging.

Just like actress, Marilyn Monroe - I also think that Veronica Lake (with her peek-a-boo hairdo) was, pretty much, wasted by Hollywood's star-maker machinery of yesteryear, too.

And, just like Monroe - Her real name was also changed by her studio (from Constance Ockleman to Veronica Lake).

And, again - Just like Monroe - Lake's studio (Paramount) didn't take her seriously, at all. Instead they packaged her as a "pin-up" product (capitalized on her trend-setting coif), and placed her, repeatedly, into roles that mainly amounted to being nothing but mindless fluff.

And, 1942's screwball comedy "I Married A Witch" is a perfect example of the insultingly pedestrian drivel that Paramount squeezed Lake (with her petite, fragile beauty) into, time and again.

And, I guess that back then movie-audiences loved Lake in junk like this - But, today - 76 years later - "I Married A Witch" stinks to the 10th power.

*Note* - In 1973 - Veronica Lake (50 at the time) died from cirrhosis of the liver caused from years of chronic alcohol addiction.

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kpelish
Jan 05, 2018

Soooo bad it's almost campy. Veronica Lake plays a revived witch who wants to destroy the descendent of the family that had her and her father burned at stake. How prancing around in sheer dresses can attract a man is a lesson in what passed for desirable femininity in the 1940s. Surprisingly, this bubblegum film was made at the height of WW II when many serious, more worthy films were made.

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goodforyoujoey
Feb 25, 2016

to sum it up, a really worthless picture

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forever_ice17
May 25, 2015

Veronica Lake was the cutest!

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Derringer
Mar 06, 2015

In my days I've certainly seen my fair share of utterly rank-awful "Screwball" comedies from the 30s & 40s. But, when it comes right down to the level of sheer crap, I honestly don't think I've ever seen one that manages to scrape the absolute bottom of the barrel as "I Married A Witch" inevitably did.

Not only was this picture's special effects atrociously bad (even for old-school), but I'm also completely convinced that its story had been literally slapped carelessly together on the spur of the moment. And, even though this seemed to be the case, I'm pretty certain that movie-audiences back in 1942 loved this crummy, brain-dead comedy to pieces and excitedly looked forward to more of the same from Hollywood.

When it came to absolutely annoying, grate-on-your-nerves characters, I'd say that the petite, peek-a-boo girl, Veronica Lake, as Jennifer, the witchy witch, had me repeatedly cringing with contempt for her every time she appeared on screen (no matter how attractive the make-up artists tried to make her look).

Incompetently directed by Rene Clair (who was obviously just a bungling boob who knew nothing about directing coherent comedy), I have now completely sworn off ever watching another stupid and sickening Screwball comedy, ever-ever again.

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Vivica
Feb 27, 2015

Fredric March was a little too old for the role & I found that distracting. A lot of recognizable character actors...it was cute and you could see clearly it was the inspiration for the "Bewitched" TV series 20 yrs later...so for that alone, it was worth watching.

ontherideau Feb 03, 2015

This must have been the inspiration for Bewitched.
Sweet fun!

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Monolith
Nov 30, 2014

A terrific vintage rom-com starring the delicious Veronica Lake and the talented Frederic March, recommended to those who love classic b&w films of yore (such as myself).

d2013 Oct 03, 2014

Great comedy and Veronica Lake is great in this one. Entertaining and fun!

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