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A Review of ‘Bell, Book and Candle’ at Hartford Stage - The New York TimesBut it could pass for , the date of the movie version with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. The set is the chic Manhattan apartment of Gillian Holroyd, who happens to be a beautiful young witch. MacCluggage appears in Act I. But change is ahead. In a Hartford Stage program note, Mr. Keyloun plays Nicky with deliberate swishiness, although every word of dialogue insists that he is heterosexual; some young woman named Natalie, whom we never see, interests him romantically.
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The original comedy, about modern-day sorcerers, is being staged by the Arena Players Repertory Company in East Farmingdale. The plot concerns Gillian Holroyd, a young, sultry witch who is interested in pursuing a dalliance with her upstairs neighbor, Shepherd Henderson. Witches supposedly cannot fall in love, but they can excel at pleasures of the flesh, and toward this end Gillian casts a spell on the unsuspecting Henderson on Christmas Eve when he comes downstairs to use her telephone. Henderson's gaily wrapped gifts to friends and family are forgotten as Gillian's black arts weave their spell around his heart. He is totally bewitched, and falls deeply in love. Gillian finds out that love is potent magic indeed: She, too, falls under its spell. Once Gillian falls in love, she loses her witch's powers.
It stars Kim Novak as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, played by James Stewart. The film is considered Stewart's final as a romantic lead. In the late s, during the Christmas holiday season, Greenwich Village witch Gillian Holroyd, a free spirit with a penchant for going barefoot , is bored, a little depressed and restless in life. She admires her new neighbor, publisher Shep Henderson, who lives above her rare African art store and ground floor apartment. When Shep arrives upstairs and unlocks his own front door he discovers Gillian's aunt Queenie rummaging around in his living room.
Bell, Book and Candle is a Broadway play by John Van Druten. The original production was directed by John Van Druten with scenic and lighting design.
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Jenkins , costumes by Anna Hill Johnstone with additional costumes exclusively designed for actress Lilli Palmer by Valentina. The play opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on November 14, and ran for performances before closing on June 2, A later West End production at London's Phoenix Theatre opened on October 5, and ran for performances,  closing on December 3, It was presented by H. This version relocated the action from Manhattan to Knightsbridge and changed the forename of the leading male character from Shep to Tony. Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him.
It rarely gets an airing on TV any more, but this movie starring Jimmy Stewart is one of the best festive films ever, says David Barnett… and no, not the one you think. Think of Christmas movies, and what springs to mind? For me, Christmas is witches and warlocks, bongos and beatniks, a classic golden age Hollywood pairing and, hands down, one of the finest and most criminally underrated festive movies of all time. I am, of course, talking about Bell, Book and Candle. Our scene opens in a shop selling African art and artefacts, where a handsome cat with coldly-burning eyes of intelligent blue leaps on to the shoulder of Hitchcock blonde Kim Novak. Bell, Book and Candle was released on Christmas Day , and was a hit. For another, Gillian — along with her eccentric aunt Queenie played by the original Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester and her brother Nicky, a superb turn by Jack Lemmon — is a witch.