There was also a bit of wizardry around the same time in Capra´s "It´s a beautiful life" and De Sica´s "Miracle in Milan" but there was also much more than that. Here, René Clair has only a fine casting for him but it´s too little to make a quality comedy. I got the feeling those 77 minutes were too long and maybe an even shorter format would have fit the film better. Still fun if you have low expectations.
It's fun, with a gentle wit. But what's really remarkable about it is the massive impact it had. Without it there would be no 'Bewitched' or 'I Dream of Jeannie'. Ergo, no 'Magical Girl' or 'Magical Girlfriend' genres. No 'Utena' or 'Steven Universe'. But all things considered, Veronica Lake is its real standout quality, fun aside. Its brevity is fairly appreciable, too.
One of Lake's most memorable films (along with Sullivan's Travels and Glass Key). Theres lots to like about this film. Its fast paced, witty, and plenty of interesting moments thanks to the odd plot. Benchley essentially plays himself, and provides great support in a role similar to that he played in Foreign Correspondent. Just a fun film. What more can you want? 4.5 stars. Great rom/com with a twist of witch
Fun Veronica Lake feature that finds her the victim of her own love potion as a witch returned to life striving for revenge against the descendant of the man who burned her at the stake.....oh and it's a comedy. Fairly well told story that could have probably been pushed a little further with an enjoyable supporting turn by Susan Hayward to boot.
Veronica Lake was a cinema goddess! Her purring, breathless delivery, her touch of evil wrapped in a mane of golden hair, her sly winks at the camera, carry this gem from silly confection to classic. An improbable start -- why would March's governor candidate be allowed anywhere near a burning building -- turns in an entertaining, eccentric time at the movies.