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


[No Audible Dialogue]

[Purring] [Bell Jingles]

Oh, Pye, Pye, Pyewacket.

What's the matter with me?

Why do I feel this way?

It's such a rut.

The same old thing day after day.

The same old people.

Oh, I know I'm feeling sorry

for myself, but it's true.

Why don't you give me something

for Christmas, Pye? [Meows]

Hmm, what would I like?

[Meows] I'd like to do

something different.

I'd like to meet

someone different.


Look, there's that man upstairs.


[Purring Continues]

He's different.

Why don't I ever know

people like that? Hmm?

Why don't you give me him

for Christmas, Pye? [Meows]

Why don't you give me him?

[ Whistling Deck the Halls]


[Woman] Oh, dear!

[Drawer Closes]

You startled me.

Well, we're even.

Who are you?

You do have a nice place here.

Thank you. Would you mind if I ask

what you're doing in it?

Certainly not.

I was going downstairs, and

your door happened to be open.

And I saw your window open too.

And the snow was coming through,

and I thought

you'd like me to close it.

So I did.


Uh, it's odd I had

to unlock the door to get in.

Yes, isn't it?

After all, you are fairly new

in the building.

I was only being neighbourly.


Oh, are you the one

that lives above me?

Ah. Well, tell me something,

would you?

Are you studying dramatics,

by any chance? Dramatics?

Well, at night, I hear you through

the ceiling as I'm trying to sleep.

It sounds as though you're

reciting or something.

- Can you understand what I say?

- No.

I'll try not to do it so loudly.

You read, don't you?

And you have such a correspondence.

I straightened your desk up a bit.

I'm afraid you're very sloppy.

Well, if you don't mind terribly,

I have some telephoning to do

some personal telephoning.

Before you moved in,

a theosophist lived here,

and he was very pleasant.

Very pleasant.


[ Garbled Voice On Phone, Singing]

[Dials Operator] Hello?

[Distorted Voice Speaking

Foreign Language] Operator?


[Knocking Continues]

I'm sorry to bother you.

I'm Shepherd Henderson. I live just above.

I know.

I'm Gillian Holroyd.

How do you do?

My phone seems to be out of order.

I wonder if I might use yours.

I'm late for an appointment.

Certainly. Come in.

Thank you.

It's in the back.

Thank you.

You reading this?

Oh, Magic in Mexico. Yes.

Are you interested

in that sort of thing?

Well, not personally, but,

professionally, I'm a publisher.

Hello, operator?

I'd like to report a phone out of order.

All right.

Did you publish that?

No, but I wish I had.

Sold like the Kinsey Report.

Well, I can't think why.

It's completely phony.

- Oh, it is?

- I spent a year in Mexico.

I'm sure they fed him a lot of fake

tourist stuff, and he swallowed it whole.

Maybe they did that

to Kinsey too.

I certainly wish

I'd put this one out though.

As a matter of fact, I understand Redlitch

is about ready to change publishers.

And, uh-Uh, yes.

Well, I'll wait.

Would you like to meet him?

- You know him?

- No, but I might know someone who does.

Well, I understand he's a drunk and a nut, but

there's always a big market for the supernatural.

Yes, I'd like very much to meet him.

- Then I'll see if I can arrange it sometime.

- Thank you.

Uh, uh- Supervisor?

My number is Chickering 4-5099,

and it's out of order.

Well, I don't know

what's wrong with it.

If you want my opinion I

think it's sick. [Laughs]

Well, no matter what I dial, I get

nothing but these idiotic sounds. I...

How's that? No, that's just it.

They're not mechanical.

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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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