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Trivia / The Witches (1966)

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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Joan Fontaine was a co-producer and lobbied to play the role of Gwen Mayfield because she was a huge fan of the book the film was based on.
  • Creator Backlash: Screenwriter Nigel Kneale expressed dissatisfaction with the finished film, due to the Genre Shift his script suffered.
  • Dawson Casting: Ingrid Boulting was nineteen when she played the fourteen-year-old Linda Rigg. Likewise Martin Stephens was seventeen playing a boy at least two years younger. This is especially noticeable whenever they're in class; they look significantly older than their classmates.
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  • Executive Meddling: The original script poked fun at the idea of a coven of witches in rural England. The production team wanted the film to be completely serious, and removed most of the dark satire.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Mrs Dowsett is played by Irish actress Carmel McSharry.
    • Linda Rigg likewise is played by South African model/actress Ingrid Boulting.
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  • Hey, It's That Place!: Heddaby also appears in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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  • Market-Based Title: It was released as The Devil's Own in the US, which was the title of the book it was adapted from.
  • Name's the Same: No relation to Roald Dahl's novel The Witches.
  • Playing Against Type: Martin Stephens in the 50s and 60s had made a name playing various Creepy Children. Here he's one of the few non-creepy people in Heddaby.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The book was first written after a real life murder of an old man in a rural community - supposedly so his blood would enrich the soil. The same case inspired Eye of the Devil and The Wicker Man (1973).
  • Star-Derailing Role:
    • Joan Fontaine's career had diminished in the 60s - getting typecast as socialites - and her previous role before this had been a supporting one in Tender is the Night. This film was not a Box Office success and after a couple of TV appearances, Joan retired from acting.
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    • It also marked the final performance of Martin Stephens, and he retired from films not long after.