“Hey, shouldn’t this be a FLASHBACK FRIDAY?” You are absolutely right. But guess what my Geek Soul Family? I came to the realization that if I only tell you about awesome sci-fi, fantasy and horror from the past on Fridays, I’ll probably be an even ‘older’ old man by the time I’ve finished. So yours truly has decided to feature a Flashback on other days too, not just Fridays. It would be nice to do them every day, but Geek Soul Brother is only one man, and his cloning chamber is on the fritz.
OntoThe GSB Flashback! This particular classic is probably more suited for October and Halloween, but really, it’s a charmer all year round. I’m talking about the 1958 Stewart and Novak fantasy BELL BOOK AND CANDLE. Jimmy Stewart is Shepherd Henderson, a guy that doesn’t believe in magic and witches and stuff. But his eyes get opened when his neighbor Gil, played by Kim Novak, takes a fancy towards him and puts a spell on him. For her it’s more of an experiment with the human heart, but as she gets to know ‘Shep’ a strange thing starts to happen to her heart. At least strange for a witch. Stewart and Novak are joined by Elsa Lanchester, and my favorite of the cast – Jack Lemmon. You may not be able to tell from the trailer because it’s one of those cheeky 50s movie trailers, but it is a fairly entertaining spellbound fantasy.
This film was derived from a popular play by playwriter John Van Druten. Tell me if you have seen this, or what you thought of it if you end up seeing it for the first time.
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