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Bell, Book and Candle (1958) was a Fantasy - Romance Film directed by Richard Quine and produced by Julian Blaustein.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cary Odell; Set Decoration: Louis DiageNominated
Best Costume DesignJean LouisNominated
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Merle Kittridge: Are you trying to say you're... *jilting* me?
Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson: W-well, that's a very heavy word, Merle. It's a very heavy word. Let's just say that we're... uncoupling.


Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson: She used a cat.
Parrot: Cat!


Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson: Hasn't this cat got anything better to do? Couldn't you give him something to read?


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The play opened on Broadway in New York City at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 14, 1950 and closed on June 2, 1951 after 233 performances. The opening-night cast consisted of Rex Harrison as Shepherd Henderson, Lilli Palmer as Gillian Holroyd, Jean Adair as Miss Queeny Holroyd, Larry Gates as Sidney Redlitch and Scott McKay as Nicky Holroyd. There were no other characters in the play.
This was James Stewart's final appearance as a romantic lead. This was because many of the leading ladies that were playing his romantic interest were becoming younger and a few were half his age. The critics in 1958 felt that Stewart was miscast as a suave New York businessman, and he apparently agreed. After this film he would concentrate more on roles that portrayed him as an everyman or as a father figure.
James Stewart felt that he was miscast as Shepherd Henderson.
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