I Married A Witch, Some Press Photos
You have seen the pre-film pictures of Veronica Lake (here), the pre-press promotions, including heralds (here), so now you are ready to see fifteen of the ca. one hundred and fifty Press Photos issued for I Married A Witch (1942).
As you can see from the codes written on many of them, some of these photos were re-issued in 1956. Since the 1942 issues are over a hundred a piece, and the 1956 issues are printed from the same negatives, I have bought either whenever I could, and whenever they were affordable. Which is not often. Still, I don’t want to think about what I have spent.
I have seen series numbers from 1956–1 to 1956–99 (stills from the film, some posed) and P2745–519 to P2745–554 (press photos, posed off set). I guess the P2745 off-set series actually contains about fifty or sixty photos (P2745–500 to P2745–560-ish).
So, like I said, about one hundred and fifty photos, which you might spend $100 each on (or about $15,000), and years trying to get them all.
Why would you do it? Well, just look at them! Sensational costumes, very cute actor, add a bit of nostalgia for WWII-period films, and that would be enough. But, not only is this film fun to watch, it is probably one of the most important influences on the representation of the modern witch. As I have said before
According to Marion Gibson (see here), the influence of this novel can be seen in John van Druten’s Bell, Book and Candle (a play, written in 1948, performed and published 1950, filmed 1958), Bewitched (TV sitcom, 1964–1972), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (comic, 1971–83; TV animation, 1971–74; film, 1996; TV sitcom, 1996–2003) and Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic (novel, published 1995; film, 1998). Undoubtedly, this list could be extended.
All of which is enough reason for me to keep collecting; and for you to stay tuned. And next week, you get to see the big-ticket items!