AGFA August: I Married a Witch

USA | 1942 | 77 min. | René Clair

August 26, 2024

AGFA August

As a 17th-century New England witch who comes to take revenge on the 20th-century descendant of the Puritan who persecuted her, Lake is all smolder and disruption.

Introduced by SIFF Cinema Program Manager Kasi Gaarenstroom.

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Monday, August 26, 2024

Blissfully hilarious and romantic, I Married a Witch features great chemistry between Veronica Lake (Sullivan's Travels) and Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives). This fun romp from French master Rene Clair (Le Million) gives its seasoned leads a chance to break away from stereotypically serious roles (intense leading man and film noir vamp, respectively) and prove their comedic prowess. Lake stars as an ancient Salem witch once burned at the stake, who returns to haunt descendants of the Puritans who let her smolder—namely aspiring politician March. Lake concocts a love potion, but things get complicated when said potion works on Lake instead and she falls for March!

  • Director: René Clair
  • Principal Cast: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward, Cecil Kellaway
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1942
  • Running Time: 77 min.
  • Producer: René Clair
  • Screenplay: Robert Pirosh, Marc Connelly
  • Cinematographers: Ted Tetzlaff
  • Editors: Eda Warren
  • Music: Roy Webb
  • Filmography: Entr'ance (1924), Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: AGFA, The Film Foundation