TCM 31 Days of Oscar
I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.
Here is my 20th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.
Bell, Book and Candle
7.5 out of 10 Stars
1958 Comedy film. Starring Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester, Janice Rule and Hermione Gingold.
The 360° Game: starts off with Picnic starring Kim Novak, and she was in Bell, Book and Candle with James Stewart who was in the next film, The Naked Spur.
And the Oscar did not go to… nominations in two categories: Best Art Direction (Cary Odell and Louis Diage); and Best Costume Design (Jean Louis).
Short Synopsis: A witch’s (Kim Novak) warlock brother (Jack Lemmon) helps a San Francisco publisher (James Stewart) break a love spell.
A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… James Stewart (“The film is considered Stewart’s last as a romantic lead.” – Wikipedia) and Jack Lemmon – I like both those actors. And I’m in the mood for a comedy.
My Thoughts: Oh this was a cute flick. Jack Lemmon brought his comic humor along just nicely. And James Stewart played it good at being a normal guy with just enough of a special spark to have a witch wonder what it’s like to love him. And that’s the story, along with some mischief and other unplanned events. James Stewart described the witch and warlock’s club, The Zodiac as more of a Halloween party than one for Christmas. This movie is set during Christmastime, but I think it’s good enough to watch any time.
The Play by Play Thoughts…
0:00 It’s Christmas. And Gillian Holroyd and her African and Oceanic Primitive Art shop.
0:03 “Look, there’s that man upstairs.” Gil’s cat’s name is Pyewacket and Wikipedia cast list shows that that’s the cat’s real name too. Cute cat. It looks like it’s going to be playing matchmaker in this movie. James Stewart plays Shep Henderson, the man that lives upstairs. He’s engaged and thankfully Gil doesn’t like taking other women’s men. But yet, I still don’t know if I should warn James to runaway from these people or not. James Stewart does look older here too. Continue reading “TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Bell, Book and Candle”