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I Married a Witch

Released 1942
Distributor United Artists

A savvy satire of both political and sexual gamesmanship, I Married A Witch, based on an unfinished novel by Topper author Thorne Smith, would seem to be the perfect union between two brilliant moviemakers, Rene Clair and Preston Sturges (Clair directed, Sturges produced). It’s full of his stock company of character actors but Sturges left the production due to artistic differences. Despite having its concepts ripped off by lesser productions over the years, this remains a strikingly modern and hilarious movie that hopefully will find new audiences through Criterion’s stellar digital transfer.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.