Bell, Book and Candle () - Rotten TomatoesIt stars Kim Novak as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, played by James Stewart. The film is considered Stewart's final as a romantic lead. In the late s, during the Christmas holiday season, Greenwich Village witch Gillian Holroyd, a free spirit with a penchant for going barefoot , is bored, a little depressed and restless in life. She admires her new neighbor, publisher Shep Henderson, who lives above her rare African art store and ground floor apartment. When Shep arrives upstairs and unlocks his own front door he discovers Gillian's aunt Queenie rummaging around in his living room. She also lives in the building and has her own curiosity, because he's recently moved in and she seems to want to know more about him by studying his belongings.
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Didn't expect her at all. She does look dynamite here. Who knew witches were so well dressed? She's got to be the best-dressed witch in pop culture. When I first saw Phffft!
It rarely gets an airing on TV any more, but this movie starring Jimmy Stewart is one of the best festive films ever, says David Barnett… and no, not the one you think. Think of Christmas movies, and what springs to mind? For me, Christmas is witches and warlocks, bongos and beatniks, a classic golden age Hollywood pairing and, hands down, one of the finest and most criminally underrated festive movies of all time. I am, of course, talking about Bell, Book and Candle. Our scene opens in a shop selling African art and artefacts, where a handsome cat with coldly-burning eyes of intelligent blue leaps on to the shoulder of Hitchcock blonde Kim Novak. Bell, Book and Candle was released on Christmas Day , and was a hit.