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July 12, 2010


Do we answer in the comment field here? I don't want to give away the answer. It's one of the only movies in which Jack Lemmon is actually kinda sexy. And of course, Ernie Kovaks...BB&C. Lit trans: My potion is very sensual.

Bell, Book and Candle.

My made-up translation: "My gal is supernatural." (Lit: "my bride is super/very sensual." I think ubersinnlich has a sexual connotation, and I'm guessing maybe "supernatural" or witchy too, but I don't really know. It's a far cry from "Bell, Book and Candle," though, and the poster shows James Stewart looking frightened--more bewitched than charmed.

Grfeat comments! Thank you. The US title is indeed "Bell, Book, and Candle." The German, "Meine Braut ist ubersinnlich," translates literally as "My bride is extra-sensory [or supernatural]." [Ubersinnlich must be a common German idiom.] But doesn't Jimmy Stewart in the post look like he's still in Vertigo country and not in a comedy?

Here's a quiz - what was the name of Kim Novak's cat in the movie?

Laura, the cat is Pyewacket. I have a friend who has a cat with that name. I suspect there are many cats with that name. David, Stewart's expression looks like he did when he watched the other cop fall off the building in Vertigo, or in their last scene together at SJ Bautista Mission. False advertising, I'd say!

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