Bell, Book and Candle Overview:

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


Great cast in supernatural romantic comedy. When urban witch Novak casts a spell on Stewart to lure him away from a snooty former schoolmate, she finds the spell rebounding due to the intercession of a more powerful witch (Gingold). Lemmon and comic genius Kovacs add lots of laughs.

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

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cary Odell; Set Decoration: Louis DiageNominated
Best Costume DesignJean LouisNominated

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Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd: [to James Stewart, who lives one floor above her] It's nice having you over me.

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: I may sound like a lunatic, but I'm not crazy!

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Virtually all reviews use the original title of the play, "Bell, Book and Candle," instead of the title of the movie, which omits the comma.
The title "Bell, Book and Candle" is a reference to excommunication, which is performed by bell, book and candle. It is opened with "Ring the bell, open the book, light the candle," and closed with "Ring the bell, close the book, quench the candle."
James Stewart celebrated his fiftieth birthday during filming.
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