Queenie : I sit in the subway sometimes, on buses, or the movies, and I look at the people next to me and I think..."What would you say if I told you I was a witch?"
For my contribution to both Creepmas and The Witches' Yuletide Ball, I thought I'd tell you about my Christmas Eve tradition of watching the movie Bell, Book and Candle, which is not only my favourite Christmas movie, but pretty much my favourite movie of all time. Based on a Broadway play by John Van Druten, Bell, Book and Candle was made in 1958, and starred Kim Novak and James Stewart. It is also widely regarded as the inspiration for the television show Bewitched.
Gillian Holroyd : How did you like the Zodiac?
Shepherd Henderson : I'm not quite sure. Somehow it seemed more like Halloween than Christmas.
The film is set in New York's Greenwich Village during the Christmas holiday season. Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) is a lonely witch who succumbs to the temptation of casting a love spell on her neighbour, publisher Shepherd Henderson, with the help of her pet cat and familiar, Pyewacket. Bell, Book and Candle also has the most delightfully eccentric cast of supporting characters, including Gillian's witchy relatives, Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lancherster) and brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon), who contribute to the chaos that follows in the aftermath of the spell. I'm not going to give away the plot because if you haven't seen this film, and you love anything to do with witches, then you must watch it... as soon as possible!
Shepherd Henderson : That girl you know, Gillian Holroyd, she's one.
Merle Kittridge : A witch?
Shepherd Henderson : Yes!
Merle Kittridge : Shep, you just never learned to spell.
I'd like to thank On the Broomstick and Witch of Howling Creek blogs for hosting The Witches' Yuletide Ball. Just click on the link here to see a list of all the other blogs participating in the festivities.