Bell Book and Candle (1958)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
stereo, English

An American fantasy film directed by Richard Quine.

Plot Summary

Witch Gillian Holroyd lives in New York with her cat Pyewacket. She falls in love with a publisher, Shep Henderson but he's due to marry Merle Kittridge, an old rival from Gillian's college days. Gillian uses her to intervene…


Directed by: Richard Quine
© MCMLVIII [1958] Phoenix Productions, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Phoenix production
Produced by: Julian Blaustein
Screen Play by: Daniel Taradash
From the Play “Bell, Book and Candle” by: John Van Druten as produced in New York by Irene Mayer Selznick
Director of Photography: James Wong Howe
Film Editor: Charles Nelson
Music Composed by: George Duning
Recording Supervisor: John Livadary
Gowns: Jean Louis
Make-up by: Ben Lane
Hair Styles by: Helen Hunt
Art Director: Cary Odell

James Stewart [Shepherd ‘Shep' Henderson]
Kim Novak [Gillian ‘Gil' Holroyd]
Jack Lemmon [Nicky Holroyd]
Ernie Kovacs [Sidney Redlitch]
Hermione Gingold [Bianca de Passe]
Elsa Lanchester [Aunt Queenie Holroyd]
Janice Rule [Merle Kittridge]
Philippe Clay [French singer at the Zodiac Club]
Bek Nelson [Tina]
Howard McNear [Andy White]
The Brothers Candoli

Alternative Titles

Adorable voisine – French/French Belgian title
Bell, Book and Candle – advertising title
Em vaig enamorar d'una bruixa – Catalan Spanish title
Heks med sex – Danish title
Hokus pokus – Swedish title
Hurmaava noita – Finnish title
Me enamoré de una bruja – Spanish title
Meine Braut ist Ãœbersinnlich – Austrian/West German title
Sortilégio de Amor – Portuguese title
Sortilegio de amor – Venezuelan title
Una strega in paradise – Italian title

Extracts included in
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
The Lady with the Torch (1999)
Single White Female (1992)



  • The Film Daily vol.114 no.79 (22 October 1958) p.10 – review
  • Film History vol.19 no.1 (2007) pp.86-101 – illustrated article (Dualling for Judy: the concept of the double in the films Kim Novak by Vincent L. Barnett)
  • Film Index no.38 (1976) pp.354 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.152 no.10 (22 October 1958) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2678 (11 December 1958) p.14 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.26 no.300 (January 1959) p.2 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.213 no.5 (1 November 1958) p.37 – review
  • Music from the Movies no.44 (2005) pp.54-55 – Soundtrack Illustrated review (Film Music Review by Randall Larson)
  • Positif no.367 (September 1991) pp.102-103 – illustrated credits, article (Le Cinema Retrouve by Michel Sineux)
  • Sight & Sound vol.28 no.1 (Winter 1958/1959) p.40 – review
  • Variety 22 October 1958 – review