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I Married a Witch

Released 1942
Distributor United Artists

About I Married a Witch

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, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: New York  and Hawaii 5-0. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is slated to be released this year.
  • kirdoodle

    Great film! The stars’ antipathy towards each other probably added that extra spark needed for a comedy about manipulation!

  • Cinematic Cteve

    Fun, frothy picture. I picked up the Criterion edition right before Halloween last year. The transfer far is better than any print I saw televised through the years until home video became a reality.

  • Burl

    Oh, the Florida-made maggots-eat-Hitler movie! Ha ha, easily confused with the Connecticut-made one!

    Boy oh boy, was Veronica Lake pretty, and I’m sad to hear nobody liked her! I’ve always been interested to double-bill her last two pictures, Flesh Feast and the one just before it, a Montreal-shot picture called Footsteps in the Snow!