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Bell, Book and Candle

Bell, Book and Candle(1959)

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Although reviews punctuate the film's title as Bell, Book and Candle, the title card of the viewed print reads Bell Book and Candle. An August 1953 Variety news item stated that David O. Selznick had acquired the screen rights to John Van Druten's play and intended to cast Jennifer Jones, Selznick's wife, in the lead. When the property went to Columbia, according to a December 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, Rex Harrison was originally slated to play the male lead in the film. A February 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Will Tell was in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.
       Eliot Elisofon, the film's special color consultant, was a renowned Life magazine photographer. A modern source notes that James Stewart was lent by Paramount in exchange for Kim Novak's appearance in Vertigo. Bell Book and Candle was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. On September 8, 1976, NBC television broadcast a pilot based on Van Druten's play starring Yvette Mimieux, Michael Murphy and John Pleshette and directed by Hy Averback.