Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gerald Herman - Winter of the Witch (1969)

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Quote:
"Young Nicky and his mother move to an old house in the country. To their surprise, they find that a fiesty, 300-year-old witch already occupies the house. The three become friends and through their friendship, inspire the witch to invent magical blueberry pancakes in order to bring joy to everyone in town.

Hermione Gingold stars in this unique and charming short film narrated by Burgess Meredith and is based on the book 'Old Black Witch' by Harry and Wende Devlin."

Plot Synopsis from IMDB:

Young Nicky and his mother move to an old house in the country. To their surprise, they find that a feisty, 300-year-old witch already occupies the house. The three become friends and through their friendship, inspire the witch to invent magical blueberry pancakes in order to bring joy to everyone in town.

Hermione Gingold stars in this unique and charming short film narrated by Burgess Meredith and is based on the book 'Old Black Witch' by Harry and Wende Devlin.

Comment by kinskimonkey at IMDB:

A short film about magical pancakes

I remember watching this film a lot when I was in elementary school, on one of those old reel-to-reel classroom projectors.

Hermione Gingold (who played the mayor's wife in "The Music Man") plays a witch who befriends a young boy after he discovers her living in the attic of the new house he moves into with his mother. At some point the witch ends up making pancakes for everyone. The ecstasy induced by consuming these pancakes is depicted on film by showing the characters freeze up and stare out into space as fuchsia-colored spots dance around in front of their faces. The pancakes are a big hit, of course, and the mother, son, and witch open up a pancake restaurant. It sounds a little odd, I know, but it's actually quite entertaining. Definitely worth checking out if you can find it.


Comment by podonne at IMDB:

I can't believe it!

I can't believe I found this movie! I have been thinking about it for years. We used to watch it on rainy days in elementary school (Grandview Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, California). The only people I knew who shared a memory of this movie were my old classmates but now I see we weren't the only ones that were left with indelible images from the "psychedelic pancake" movie. I didn't even know the original title until today. I really want a copy of it. I heard they have an old reel to reel copy of it in the archives of the Manhattan Beach library. My memories of the witch, the psychedelic dancing splotchy things, the pancakes, are so vivid. It was such a treat whenever it rained and the whole school got to see this movie. We never got tired of it. I am so stoked to know the memory of this awesome movie is alive through out the USA.












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