Bell Book and Candle

Synopsis: Gillian Holroyd is just your average, modern-day, witch, living in a New York apartment with her Siamese familiar, Pyewacket. But one day a handsome publisher, Shep Henderson walks into her building and Gillian decides she wants him--especially as it turns out he's marrying Merle Kittridge, an old poison penpal from Gillian's college days. So, Gillian casts a spell over Shep. But her powers are in danger of being exorcised by something stronger than the bell-book-and-candle routine: Love.
Director(s): Richard Quine
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

They're more human.

Or inhuman.

Well, maybe it is goblins.

I know it sounds strange,

but I want it fixed, huh?

Merry Christmas to you too.

[Handset Settles In Cradle]

Perhaps you need a drink.

Well, I'm in an awful hurry.

Maybe I can have a rain check.


Thank you.

There we are.

This is a fascinating shop.

What's this? That's a Bayaka

mask from the Belgian Congo.

Looks a little like a German governess

I used to have.

How did you ever

get interested in all this?

I majored in anthropology at college.

Gillian, you've got to change

your mind and come along.

I didn't know you had company.

This is Shepherd Henderson, Queenie.

This is my aunt, Miss Holroyd.

Your aunt?

Mr. Henderson and I

saw each other a little earlier.

I'm afraid he thinks I've been naughty.

Oh, no. No, not exactly.

Oh, good.

Gillian, you can't stay in tonight.

All our friends will be at the Zodiac.

Mr. Henderson, persuade her for me.

The Zodiac? I don't think I know it.

I don't imagine you would.

It's kind of a dive.

But it's fun.


Coax her for me.


Well, is it fun?

It certainly can be.

Well, then you oughtn't

stay home Christmas Eve.

Yeah. Well, now, thanks again

for the phone.

And merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

Good night.

Merry Christmas.

I think you like him.

Yes, I do.

Very much.

Did you bring him here?

No. No, he came to use the phone.


You broke into his apartment,

didn't you?

I didn't break in, dear.

And you fixed his phone.

I'm angry with you, Queenie.

Really angry. You promised.

I promised to be careful.

Besides, it serves him right.

He wasn't nice to me at all.

And what harm did I do? I didn't take anything.

All right, I read his letters.

Now really, Queenie.

But it's not as if I were going

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Daniel Taradash

Daniel Taradash was born on January 29, 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Daniel Irwin Taradash. He was a writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), Picnic (1955) and Bell Book and Candle (1958). He was married to Madeleine Forbes. He died on February 22, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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