Veronica Lake, The Sexiest Witch of the 40s?

James has suggested that I have “missed the sexiest witch of the 1940′s: Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch.” James, you are only half right. Four years ago (!), I did a very long entry on The Passionate Witch, 1942. Since then I have been collecting. And collecting. And collecting.

I now have Heralds and Press books in English, French, German and Yugoslavian! I have Lobby Cards from the US, Mexico and Italy, about a dozen Press Photos and some Magazine articles and postcards; I also have fourteen copies of the book.

So, I have been busy. The problem is that there is a lot that I still want, that I really want, because I agree, Veronica Lake is, probably, the sexiest witch of the 40s!

Unfortunately, original posters start at about USD1000 (here is one for USD7500—it was USD8500), lobby cards at USD250 and Press Photos at USD100, which is why I have no poster, and only one US lobby card.

This time last year I went crazy and bid USD750 on a 37×15 inch day bill poster, but was outbid. And there are at least 150 Press photos! What this means is that, given another four years, and a limitless budget I would need about USD20,000 to do the post that I have always wanted to do on this film.

But I guess after four years without a limitless budget it is time to admit to myself I am never going to be able to do the post I want to do, and to at least make a start based on what I have. So, James, here we go, here is a taster.

Here you have only two postcards—from before the film—and The Sunday News magazine cover of 6 April 1941—in an outfit from the film, but from before the film was released. All three are great images of the delightful Veronica Lake. During the week I will do a separate post on the film Heralds, and then another on the Press Photos. Stay tuned!

5 Responses to “Veronica Lake, The Sexiest Witch of the 40s?”

  1. I saw her in Lady in the Lake film. she played a secretary in the opening scenes at the client’s office.

  2. By the way, are you kidding about sexiest witch of the 1940s? What about Dusty Anderson? She was way better looking and had dark hair! A real witch just has to have either red or dark hair. Blonde duesn’t come across somehow. They will look sexy but a dark mane will win out all other things being equal. It’s all about power, baby.

  3. [...] on November 27, 2010 at 08:44 Sie haben die Pre-Film Bilder von Veronica Lake gesehen ( hier ), der Pre-Press Promotions, einschließlich Herolde ( hier ), so jetzt sind Sie bereit, um zu sehen [...]

  4. bat1962js Says:

    Veronica Lake in “I Married A Witch” is one of my favorite movies.

  5. I’m really glad I found your blog posts about Veronica Lake and I Married A Witch. Hoping you might be able to tell me where the Marion Gibson link (on your page about I Married A Witch’s influence) pointed to originally (a book, an essay?) because the link seems to no longer be working.

    I run the official Thorne Smith website and would like to see about exchanging links with you since we’ve got such common interests here.

    Great promotional photos! I’ve been collecting them myself over the years and agree with you that it is a costly endeavor at times.

    Keep up the good work!

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