EYE OF THE DEVIL
1966, Warner Bros., 92 min, UK, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

When French nobleman David Niven is summoned to his vineyard after an unproductive season, he tells wife Deborah Kerr to stay behind. She doesn’t listen, and soon discovers the rural estate is run by ancient pagan practices that exact a terrible toll. With the ever-creepy Donald Pleasance and, as sibling witches, David Hemmings and Sharon Tate (in her first major film role).


BLUEBEARD’S EIGHTH WIFE
1938, Universal, 85 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Gary Cooper plays multimillionaire Michael Brandon, who changes wives as if they were underwear (or, in this case, pajama tops) until he marries the daughter (Claudette Colbert) of an impoverished marquis. As lucrative as divorce would be, the young woman is determined to be the final Mrs. Brandon. Director Ernst Lubitsch’s first pairing with the Charles Brackett-Billy Wilder writing team was a match made in heaven.


THE BISHOP’S WIFE
1947, Park Circus, 109 min, USA, Dir: Henry Koster

When a bishop (David Niven) trying to build a cathedral prays for divine guidance, he gets it in the form of a charismatic angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Focused on raising construction funds, the bishop neglects many things - including his wife (Loretta Young), to whom Dudley is eventually drawn. This delightful Christmastime comedy was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Sound.


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