Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 29, 1958

Bell, Book and Candle (Phoenix; Columbia). John Van Druten's comedy about the contemporary prevalence of witches cast enough of a spell on theatergoers to give it a six-month run on Broadway. But somewhere between Broadway and Hollywood the broomstick broke down. Like the play, the picture is about a beautiful witch (Kim Novak) who decides to exchange cantrip and gramarye for love and marriage, and about the man (James Stewart) she sets out to enchant. The part is almost perfectly written for Actress Novak. The script quickly announces that as a witch she...

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