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!