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Bell Book and Candle

Released 1958
Distributor Columbia

This charmingly spooky romantic comedy has successfully resisted decades of attempts to remake it, in part because its cast could not be bettered. A beautifully mounted studio picture, it’s also an indelible Christmas movie reuniting Vertigo stars Kim Novak (replacing a pregnant Vera Miles) and James Stewart (in the role Rex Harrison originated in the 1950 play). An obvious inspiration for the popular tv series Bewitched.

About Sam Hamm

Failed cartoonist Sam Hamm turned to screenwriting when he realized he would never be able to draw like Alex Toth. His feature credits include Never Cry Wolf, Batman, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone. Hamm also created the short-lived television series M.A.N.T.I.S. in collaboration with Sam Raimi. Most recently, he has written two episodes of the cable series Masters of Horror for director Joe Dante: Homecoming (for which he won a Best Screenplay award at the Sitges International Film Festival) and The Screwfly Solution.