I Married a Witch (1942) ****

Rene Clair, French master behind Le Million, came to America in the forties and by some oversight was actually given worthwhile things to do. This could be the most delightful Hollywood comedy of the decade, with Veronica Lake in the role she was born to play: a Salem witch putting the hex on aspiring politician Fredric March. First class whimsy, with Lake at her most iconic, March delightfully on-key (despite reported friction behind the scenes) and front-rank support from Cecil Kellaway, Susan Hayward and Robert Benchley.