Mesmerizing Photos of Kim Novak in ‘Bell, Book and Candle’

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Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 comedy-drama film based on the successful Broadway play of the same name, featuring James Stewart and Kim Novak as the leading roles. It tells the story of a modern-day witch who takes a liking for her publisher neighbor, so she enchants him to abandon his fiancée to love her instead, only to later realize that she does fall in love with him for real. This was James Stewart’s final appearance as a romantic lead. At the 31st Academy Awards, the film received two nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

There were several Siamese cats who played Pyewacket in the film, one of whom was an untrained pet called Houdini, who was chosen for being particularly photogenic and well-socialized, while the other Siamese used were professionally trained. Despite being an untrained cat, he was still required to do a few stunts, which could only be done by startling or chasing him. The unpleasant experience severely stressed Houdini that by the end of the shooting, he became extremely fearful of human. It was said that he never be able to fully recover from his ordeal.

Let’s take a look at a very mesmerizing Kim Novak in the film:

Photo by Eliot Elisofon/LIFE.

Photo by Mondadori.

Photo by Mondadori.

Photo by Columbia Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis.

Photo by Ralph Crane/LIFE.

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