Go Behind the Scenes of Beloved Cult TV Classic Bewitched

By Jake Schroeder
1w3bbaibywu Qpbaluwqfwxzzwlkequ9sx Kbnidibk9eyctujhpykgzoyorukeabpva R1bviubwdghih1t6ru1gpcoi Pddx71ivt4xwxrimdnzpfwi Vpo 2zrqhkq2vxnp9ggi6y Fvmw
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

When Bewitched first aired in 1964, people didn't expect the strange show to be so impactful. However, the quirky series was immensely popular and revolutionary in shaping the fantasy sitcom genre. While fans loved the show for its goofy humor, charming characters and outrageous magic displays, there was more to the sitcom than met the eye. Behind the scenes, both the wonder and chaos transferred over to real life, thanks to incredible film magic and terrifying curses. Let’s take a look behind the scenes of the beloved cult TV classic known as Bewitched to uncover the truth.

Samantha's Nose Twitch Was Movie Magic

You can't have Bewitched without Samantha's iconic nose wiggle. However, you may have thought special effects were too limited at the time to help with Elizabeth Montgomery’s magical twitching. In truth, the actress wiggled her nose as best she could, but the wiggling was enhanced with the help of a bit of movie magic.

4qfpxpdhvyvbeg2a9klkva Cxvxpj Xl 71laf292axilfcavugshuyghzs8iks4f89h41w3tplg5xtjoqoxi5fyt06hcobs0du2pma6cgytks0rmqn6ylx1lmxkegwvfczairrdkpupokz0zw
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

By speeding up footage of Montgomery wiggling her upper lip — and tossing in that signature tinkling xylophone noise — the witchy nose twitch was accomplished. Even more fascinating, the nose wiggle wasn't part of the original script. It stemmed from a nervous twitch that Montgomery experienced during stressful moments in real life. Although the wiggle wasn't planned, it's hard to imagine Samantha without it.

The Earliest Episodes Weren't in Living Color

Bewitched first aired in September 1964, a mere 14 years after color television was introduced to the American public. Naturally, producers who didn’t yet know if the show would succeed were unwilling to invest in the extra cost to air the show in color. As a result, the earliest seasons of Bewitched were in black and white.

Ueelhemaygydtyut0dfcgk2d0vrwtx6iprlwj6nru9fukzveqnph7wjc9vulxotfinilxz717apd4ndkf1fab58akpodcekyq2nerr0ztw Ohfi2ked0ae8j9zcr7gqg4h5qek5hx3btzd4ffa
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

However, the show enjoyed enormous success, and studio executives became more willing to change their opinions on the coloring. Additionally, the growth of film technology made the option more accessible and more intriguing to audiences. They switched to color film for production in 1966. Overall, 74 of the show's episodes were in black and white, and the other 180 were in color.

The Reason Dick York Ducked Out

Whatever happened to Dick York? The actor who played Darrin, Samantha's husband, vanished from Bewitched in 1969. Although the role was filled by Dick Sargent, fans weren't cued in on the reason for Dick York's departure. This led to wild theories about chaos and on set drama between the actors, but York’s decision to leave was related to concern for his health.

Uioodqojbmhqhkz635djy Ib2se0ngkk8qvug26hyiltk 7o5t2b6irddjsrfanx5uvltnnmsrvdtwoghuw 0zkqd40dgtpldsnl2h7bdfgpgq6gvyohq0 I8 Epjdb4d4kamsc5b8vb5yjzfw
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

In 1959, when York was filming They Came to Cordura (1959), he suffered a severe back injury on set that led to chronic and lasting pain. While working on the fourth season of Bewitched, this pain became unbearable, and he began to abuse painkillers to cope. After suffering a frightening seizure on the set of Bewitched, York decided to call it quits.

Agnes Moorehead Hated York's Replacement

When Dick York was replaced with Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead — Samantha's sassy, mortal-hating mother — threw a fit. She was extremely close to Dick York, sharing a unique bond with the actor that he didn’t have with his other cast members. She was devastated when York left, and when Sargent showed up, she was completely unhappy about his presence.

Gq4wx01d 4yw24sqn0djjqre Hirtxxn2n33eijbftioz5by9mw6ch Dfrondz1egaunjcykly0ixq999oiko7ta05r Quvt2wjaa4ht Sygdldyja5yo6oxollifnxecucq1iick0nv7ihebq
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Moorehead was extremely cold toward Sargent and frequently had a nasty attitude when shooting with him. Her passive-aggressive behavior got so unbearable at times that Sargent occasionally broke down in tears. Fortunately, he had a positive relationship with Montgomery, and she ended up providing crucial support for him on and off the set.

Montgomery and Sargent Got Along Great

Although Moorehead was frustrated with York's absence from the show, Montogmery connected with Sargent far more than she had with York. She was never Dick York's biggest fan, and they didn’t always get along while shooting. For Montgomery, Sargent was a positive replacement, and they enjoyed friendly and warm communication with one another.

Doxyayewzeor36zuvgtgerkgdmz88g1v Fmqhwi0e1v3fc5q3hrohf5ofaboy0vprqwoi4ken4ngwf7edygcqrqltserb8tr5sv7plby6baqfaiqjyowbxle35plylcnlnv05elwhek Dvouia
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Montgomery also proved to be significant support for Sargent offscreen. Nearly 20 years after the show concluded, Sargent came out as gay. During the 1992 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade, he led the parade as the co-Grand Marshall. Can you guess who his partner Grand Marshall was? Yep — Elizabeth Montgomery.

Elizabeth Was Pregnant — A Lot

Although her real-life pregnancies certainly weren't scripted, Montgomery's onscreen pregnancies were far from fake. In fact, she was pregnant a whopping three times during the shooting of Bewitched. The first pregnancy was hidden by baggy clothing, but the subsequent two pregnancies were written into the script.

Qi2vdtufddv9kgmlzrhsjvudmhn0bubo3 Gpy5jbd Ch D0rtkaaqbhzbecvsfjjvw3evnwycy601asd5ci1pgtagqgqgyfybjlm9hzdzfdz04swq0kxsryj0sca T4yjrll5 Ttmkki V59eg
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Montgomery continued to shoot while her belly expanded. Her first pregnancy occurred during season one, and the costuming team tailored special clothing to disguise the fact that she was pregnant. Samantha’s two children — Tabitha and Adam — were written into the script to explain her following pregnancies. The adorable additions to the show brought some charming reality to the fantastical sitcom.

They Cast Multiple Twins as Tabitha

It can be tough to film Hollywood movies and TV shows that feature uber-young children. Child labor laws, fussy infants and other youth-based complications mean that casting directors must be very careful about who they choose for a child's role. Casting twins is one way to ensure that no child is overworked or underprepared.

Drv5wlowyzqwmht75j2tz3vm5ri6mvoyibbnbwhk3m7payuparhu3qfnqbekwn2iqjifw8pbsyuk4bwvrz1rjdgocwiay4b0pvq3xvpvq8s7awl1gzonoatpofm6dvci54eres0ifb Jpj Rog
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

We saw it work smoothly on Full House, but did you know Bewitched cast three sets of twins as Tabitha? While the original baby was a solo act, twins were cast as Tabitha got older. There were Heidi and Laura Gentry, then Tamar and Julie Young, and, finally, Diane and Erin Murphy, who played the role of Tabitha until the show's conclusion.

Montgomery Wasn't the First Choice for Samantha

It's hard to imagine anyone else in the quirky, hilarious and charismatic role of Samantha Stephens, other than Elizabeth Montgomery. However, Montgomery wasn't the first choice to play the role. Rather, ABC had their eyes on two-time Tony award winner Tammy Grimes. The studio was hopeful the actress — who looks a bit like Montogmery — would take the role.

Jcm6hhz5srhhe1jhz1vhw1beidqugygynzeiyko5 Rlvvyzpz9msrzspkdxy8kx9g5se5qhgvlpyuaek5 Ell0mmvop3b46qkaglrmdkb Ne1xvcq Usmh35pgnlrb0t54hoip90727li54rqq
Photo Courtesy: Bettmann/Getty

Instead, Grimes opted to pursue her own path. She launched The Tammy Grimes Show, which unfortunately dissolved after a short month. Meanwhile, Montgomery and her producer husband, William Asher, leapt at the chance to work alongside one another. While Asher signed on to direct Bewitched, Montgomery scored the iconic role of Samantha.

Asher and Montgomery Had a Tumultuous Relationship

Montgomery and Asher signed onto Bewitched together, but they were separated by the time it ended. Montgomery was married two times before Asher, both times to emotional abusers and alcoholics. When she fell in love with Asher, he seemed to be better than her former husbands, yet he soon began to cheat on her.

Ks4yhhyquwyofjhspurnwcg6l1 4y8cf3 Ooi8n0hta4cpq88rxmcekxn Cgpcenajghao6pvb4whbfv 34cdbo9ragdboxsv636tnrgcgp9yjlrvjgq Jkte2nvgfteqh6yvveadjiubnwblq
Photo Courtesy: Martin Mills/Getty Images

After Asher pursued actress Nancy Fox, Montgomery pursued a romantic interest of her own. She fell head-over-heels for Richard Michaels, a producer and director for Bewitched. Unfortunately, he was already married, and their affair led to his divorce from his wife. Their relationship lasted roughly two years, as Asher regretfully begged for Montgomery's attention.

Samantha Used to Be Cassandra

Before she was Samantha Stephens, she was Cassandra. Writer Sol Saks was smitten with the name Cassandra while he was seeking an actress to fill the killer role of the witch. He was set on Tammy Grimes as the star, but she turned down the role, and Montgomery was not happy with Saks' name choice.

Csow21smdhml0it5lxsirfwzujiw Kfpjh1fh7wezna83lekgwuedad0 0lehln9zctmat Fiziany2spuk1cndwz1 Uirvacazfrglruc12p9ddm8qgl7kpwoktxgwtleqfntrkumgfq0qezg
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

She felt the name Cassandra carried bad energy with it. Believe it or not, Montgomery threatened to walk away from the show if they didn't change the character's name. Dramatic? Maybe. However, Samantha certainly seemed to fit the confident witch.

Special Sets and Scripts Were Designed for York

Speaking of adapting for actors, Dick York was filming Bewitched when the chronic pain from his back injury got worse. As a result, the set makers and scriptwriters always had to be prepared for York to be having a bad back day. What did this look like on set?

8xpji7k14qydusirhavnrhspv5dxsoxj3c09fe 1az42jmtfclsz F Tq0ytuxysapu5qfgg7vosrhkafoic9sjfr7o28jyhlwvpjb K1b Lozwvwoxptr3jggpt20ibwalrklcq5pnw Xrfkg
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Every set with York had to be mindfully crafted, ensuring he could sit or lie down, if necessary. There were also several backup scripts written that were Darrin-less, just in case he couldn't manage to film. The show ultimately made some incredible adaptations to try to make filming easier for York before he had to call it quits.

Montgomery Almost Quit After Season Five

By the end of the fifth season of Bewitched, Montgomery was ready to throw in the towel. By then, she had three children she was trying to raise while shooting the show. Plus, she wasn't merely a supporting character, so she had to be in every single episode for the show to function.

Chbhb Nmirrhqlyc2xl0linzhdvdrt15qigmmucbj6wxtjcibiem8zhxwef7vv8bsu5tvg68l5dvwfj3ojmsk Wm1agl88y9 T0ejjaxactvbvxo0nskekglqd9qvj1lq74kdsyjhksbdfvcja
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Montgomery told producers that after season five wrapped up, she would be out the door. However, they weren't ready for the highly-rated show to end, so they rewrote her contract to give her higher pay and partial ownership of the show. It was hard for her to refuse that kind of money in the ‘60s.

A Christmas Episode Was Written by Black Students

The episode Sisters of Heart came to be, thanks to 26 African-American high school students from Jefferson High School in L.A. After they were invited to tour the set of Bewitched, the group — many of whom couldn’t read or write — created the episode about tolerance, unity and fighting prejudice.

Tq8q9cfxudfd0avh7zcpbjajfwgwiwy3ix3n3b7xggdbc7ukkmv6hisq27vrbtitc1opz4lvsfjeltqzkg7h2 5oq1ieqkkt3fatwyp60bffzkokf3r73k5 Hi5tp3c Bpcjzum4kwz5es8kiw
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Sisters of Heart featured Samantha casting a spell on Darrin's racist client causing him to see himself and those around him as black. These days, the episode would be scorned for its use of blackface. Nevertheless, the episode was praised at the time for its message of tolerance. The episode was also awarded the Governors Award at the 1971 Emmys.

Montgomery Played More Than One Character

Although Montgomery is most recognizable for her role as the squeaky-clean Samantha Stephens, that wasn't her only role on Bewitched. She also played the hardcore-hippie Serena, Samantha's cousin. Montgomery could be difficult to recognize with her usual blonde hairstyle manipulated and her heavier makeup, but she looked enough like herself for crew and cast members to know it was her.

S1cgbjdun2plhyrnxkx7cgc4tnk3fazmmsxylru89jt7dy37awbk4y Cyluzqdeaodyjc9cr5laf2tbmxf 25uhfroubfocz 5quh0mj0t5boivuigcrpnu5ihxlhb4ttjrh7txvympo22q1 W
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

However, not everyone in the audience got the memo. During the ending scroll of credits, the role of Serena was credited to a Miss Pandora Spocks (a play on "Pandora's Box"). Although the resemblance between Samantha and Serena was uncanny, fans began to write letters of praise to Pandora. Montgomery must have enjoyed that lark!

Stagehands Made the Magic Happen

During the years of filming Bewitched, there was no such thing as CGI, green-screening or any of the revolutionary film technology that so many fantasy and sci-fi shows employ today. Instead, a skilled group of stagehands — plus some incredible set builders and film editors — brought most of Samantha's magic spells to life.

Ce Dvro8ktjxwa 7ya2boek4urlqgghdkvz8va1b53nnny0aueqnw32cqqkfqffn0yrcnyasxnlkqfrpmahpdh Wbhpv 6yfdg99hlkyqtktosjw5wdridd Ltflpuhio 1ipnlzbtsvwfrwza
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

If Samantha needed to tidy a room with magic, Montgomery had to lift her arms up as the director called "Cut!" Then, she would wait for speedy stagehands to clear the clutter out of the room. Tricks like that as well as manipulating the speed of the film and hanging "levitating" objects with wires were what gave the show its magical qualities.

Samantha's Nosy Neighbor Was Hiding Something

True fans of Bewitched should know Alice Pearce for her role as Samantha's hilarious nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz. While the goofy role seemed to come to Pearce with ease, she was quietly battling ovarian cancer behind the scenes. When she accepted the role of Kravitz, she understood that her illness was terminal, but she didn't tell anybody else.

Qlcbujau4fgdptltsyvaazrcrtq3aqnwxvpt 6x0gcnmjblck5bheyhnkxry6b4jduwz 2drewhmlbpen0xg4phua3m Y8h13umrgfdkcnsemy0bndctbi2raxbyr7arijbimkpnz3mrdlvncg
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Despite the severe nature of her cancer, Pearce was able to keep her illness under wraps from the entire Bewitched cast and crew, and she starred in a total of 30 episodes until she passed away in 1966. She received an Emmy posthumously for her stellar work on the show.

The Show Earned Its Own Curse

In Hollywood, there are certain shows, roles and films that seem to carry curses along with them for the cast and crew involved. While Bewitched was full of spells and magic, one curse seemed to manifest itself in the real lives of the cast members. Pearce was the supposed curse's first victim, but she wouldn't be the last.

Zfvnjqulynoxdytyrqacmykzxvpwbnwx2ttmoxsb 9dehoddht 5csgbfjq D Lavltwanf0gi6syz4sebsuoxlf5t2yxhckkcdtdprcpzzmwe9kzdneypbsurqj Vzplz6ushh2u Ipiloboa
Photo Courtesy: Bettmann/Getty

A large number of cast members passed away in rapid succession from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses at relatively young ages. This included Agnes Moorehead, Dick Sargent and the show's star, Elizabeth Montgomery. Of course, their deaths may have merely been a matter of coincidence, but that hasn't stopped the whispered rumors of a curse.

Montgomery Was a Fierce AIDS Activist

Montgomery was a mystic presence onscreen, but even more so offscreen. She kept a great majority of her personal life veiled from the eyes of reporters. However, despite her shielded presence beyond the camera, she was an extremely passionate advocate for gay rights. Along with this, she was an activist in the face of the AIDS crisis.

Yququ7olgf607ikof1ayhpzwmlsrcyrwkar9l0bxdq0p0h9uftuvnfthkqsfzmeqb3k9xf Yjahdtqrwmtlu38kqnkxonww1 8dagve4g Pybh9d4o5dihacjqoezc Z9a2flgrxhh7hsxl 2g
Photo Courtesy: Michael Ochs Archives/MoviePix/Getty Images

During the worst of the AIDS crisis, Montgomery volunteered a great deal of her time and funds to support AIDS activism. She even called out the lack of action from President George Bush at the Eighth International Conference on AIDS, publicly stating, "I don’t think President Bush is doing anything...I’m not even sure if he knows how to spell ‘AIDS.’"

The Actors Were Often Drunk While Filming

Are you one of the fans who noticed how frequently the cast of characters drank during the show? Well, that was real alcohol. The actors and actresses often got drunk during filming. Rather than turning the cameras off and sending everyone home to clean up, they kept the cameras rolling. Many aired scenes were recorded while the cast was intoxicated.

2r8qgkedg1dpoi1tvz7g 4srjj6mgckl Ll44aiqmhqtnnyjrnuibhtv4s0fsh1jnuaiclizf20fx3vcglqa72s Zv0lstaw6aq0ct1qdydznsldobdyorogot1mjgbay4dwz 85ltte4d73yq
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Once children came onto the show, the rules became a little less lenient. After all, they couldn't have a bunch of drunk actors running around and setting a bad example for the young stars. In place of adult beverages in scenes featuring alcohol, the cast was encouraged to drink iced tea that resembled their favorite forbidden beverages.

The Cast Also Smoked Like Crazy

In addition to their tendency to get drunk onset, the cast also smoked frequently. The genuine dangers of smoking cigarettes were becoming relevant medical conversations at the time. However, any whisper of concern didn't slow the actors down. They were all heavy smokers and were almost never found without a cigarette between their fingers.

Srscwmsblc4tumjii8rp8ez5ld76af Oxnub5vmv0bihm728u3ffj E M Haugt7ahnqwf2itqptr8cphklnmtmdte41lzo1cz5vqsshidgvl14cytwvmdxzoiz8rkt6qsgde4gqshg9fneelg
Photo Courtesy: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Elizabeth Montgomery was a chain smoker, and Dick York blew through three packs of cigarettes a day. This phenomenon of onset smoking was confusing for the young actress who played Tabitha. In 1997, Erin Murphy told bewitched.net, "I remember thinking ‘If smoking is bad, then why is everybody around here doing it?’"

Montgomery's Father Refused a Role

Before anyone knew Elizabeth Montgomery's name, they knew about her famous actor/producer father, Robert Montgomery. With nearly 50 film credits to his name, he cast quite a shadow, and Elizabeth spent much of her young adult life attempting to crawl out of it. When she scored the role of Samantha, she got her chance at independence.

8ntmjzjuiktlrjdxc 6dmcgqcldnuqgxzom8rqc Sp3uerjpz7sluao Bks161wtvtvtxgondmmpya1 Mcyypuingaewf7xqichrukhfvz0pr1mxpbk4nlbf4w7ur Xgfrl1nzuou7aog7kclg
Photo Courtesy: Archive Photos/Getty Images

Robert was invited to be on Bewitched as a narrative voice/Samantha's father in the first season. It’s not clear whether he simply wasn’t interested or he respected his daughter's budding career, but he declined the offer. As Bewitched skyrocketed in terms of popularity, Elizabeth became the star of an era, surpassing her father's fame in the 1960s and 70s.

Agnes Moorehead Had a Magical Brooch

One feature of Agnes Moorehead's wardrobe was her trademark: her starburst brooch. The magnificent piece of jewelry was a central part of her costume, which consisted entirely of clothing from her own wardrobe. The 8.5-carat diamond-brooch was assigned magical abilities within the bounds of the Bewitched plot.

3fw8suqbczciqh32jryo5t9jchco17rhvhqb Pxyu Seghdzselwn2lm Ibnuo1y Psoqpsqyjozyfhbbn9p9kzqojuw1tnn8socvaxrrjzoyj Ek3spi8lvbpmpqek9g4n85c1c0khxwmy8g
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

One of the biggest fans of Moorehead's brooch was her onscreen daughter, and often remarked on the beauty of the piece when Moorehead wore it. After Moorehead passed away in 1974, she left the stunning brooch to Montgomery in her will. While the piece may not have had real-life powers, it was certainly a magical gesture on Moorehead's part.

One of the Writers Was Double-Crossing Bewitched

Around the same time that Bewitched came out, an extremely similar sitcom hit the primetime tube: I Dream of Jeannie. The plot revolved around a blonde-haired, magical woman who was smitten with a mortal. Sound familiar? Although the genre of fantastical/magical shows was popular at the time, there may have been more to the story with I Dream of Jeannie.

Iomzkxz1ic0 6fyxrt4dvwxvwg2sgifydllaumanznvvsuffd4y6xx0oplwlbqfhuqq6fuf Xhbwxtxhe281m7o681yf9dy1531h62epvnhs9autu Qppibjvphdwoftltsxhcjsecankpbksq
Photo Courtesy: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As it turned out, one of the writers from Bewitched was also working on I Dream of Jeannie — behind the other writers' backs. James S. Henerson was promptly fired from Bewitched once his fellow writers realized what he was doing. However, many of the parallels between the two shows might be attributable to Henerson's two-timing.

The Release of the Show Was Protested

Releasing a show about a female witch in the mid-20th century wasn't exactly a simple feat. Extreme religious groups, Southern states and overprotective parents chose to boycott Bewitched before it even aired. Why? They believed it would promote Devil worship, black magic and the practice of witchcraft. These critics began to place the characters' behaviors under a lens.

K Mi00e6uehxvvzzozkipcsebtmuzyhphlx Hepmo0n8yrxoibh 7wnzgyte6hjiugnw2vuidpwzbm8ugshrm6qumdglkfukjofzwnqa3xzjpph3enpndvvjivw12mraq9536rq4pjjtoxlta
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

One big shocker: Samantha was scrutinized when she revealed the date of her birth as June 6th (6-6). Those who believed the show was for Devil worshippers thought the dual sixes was an occult message. However, these days, television is full of fantasy, and people wouldn't bat an eye at the emergence of a show like Bewitched.

The Cast Appeared on The Twilight Zone

Where did the actors end up when they weren't on Bewitched? Many of them seemed to walk straight into The Twilight Zone. The majority of actors/actresses on Bewitched also starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone at one point or another. This group included Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead, Alice Pearce and Sandra Gould.

Vspt7wjaua8fvteebsrefe0abgtg24wajqryyv4d1rbj0ibfe0n97koaklaggkvbtlaiv4 Px048nflvd9yhwb2duja0r48etvhrauqss4wqttrujtz Q7s26tr Rox0ooarybuypq7riy2alg
Photo Courtesy: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

One of the most notable appearances was Montgomery's starring role in the post-apocalyptic, 66th episode of the show, Two. Dick York was in the second season in A Penny for Your Thoughts, during which his bank teller character gained the ability to read minds. Although most people know these actors because of Bewitched, The Twilight Zone expanded their realm of magic.

Sol Saks Borrowed from Other Films

Although Bewitched is an engaging and unique series, the original pilot was the furthest thing from an original concept. The show's writer, Sol Saks, stole structure from both I Married a Witch and Bell, Book and Candle. Saks unapologetically admitted the Bewitched pilot was essentially modeled after the plot of those two films.

Qsrijr41ivzjnuloxiskydfzkxujo30rffqlk6sxsn6l73wx2adadmochwbgdnorlndjrivlbi5inidx0vr3p9dsij37bdk9ve2dpfeqklp0mkhmrce1lfutt8dzx Wmadc7m3u840gnpdonvw
Photo Courtesy: Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

Fortunately, Saks didn't have to worry about any legal repercussions. Columbia had produced both of the films, and they also owned Screen Gems, which was the production company behind the creation of Bewitched. Sol Saks was extremely fortunate to have those legal safeguards in place.

The Real-Life Aunt Clara Collected Doorknobs

Aunt Clara, played by Marion Lorne, is one of the sole characters on Bewitched that seemed to be unconditionally lovable, mostly because of the quirky nature of her personality, which made her a total mess most of the time. One of the notable quirks of Aunt Clara was that she had a strange obsession with doorknobs.

Xnxuuucxhcvkdaulcwaj5nksge6vdjepi1yptxh5ur Vrmlye4smuvpwh4rvifv Y Rn0c3cn2msu5djdf Qzlsawaylpuhgyxnjqtq0vrpmum3551n9fnzqjttz05utcl0omyaej8desfzr4w
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

As it turned out, Lorne was just as smitten with doorknobs. In fact, that's where that inspiration came from for Aunt Clara’s character. Aside from being an actress, Lorne was a doorknob connoisseur and collected them for fun. At one point, she had more than 1,000 different doorknobs in her collection. How's that for a unique hobby?

JFK's Assassination Happened During the Pilot's Rehearsal

Many people remember November 22, 1963, as the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. However, members of the Bewitched cast also remembered it for another reason. It was the day they kicked off rehearsals for the pilot. Although the whole nation was distraught, Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher were particularly heartbroken by the event.

Hgbjceth7qosll Dz L S8jye6rf1py6kaasbgkp1kc Ayf3kb Gfqakih1h0i8zox203a0rilfeaarb0tpmpow 6sdcvdndiebs4i Qz5tkfv5vni8w3ccg507n3vya0ms7pkfy2mn2ng7xjq
Photo Courtesy: Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Herbie J. Pilato told Fox News, "They were friends with JFK... Asher produced Kennedy’s birthday bash, where Marilyn Monroe sang ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President.’ It was a very hard time for everybody." While the news devastated the cast and crew, they eventually resumed rehearsals and released the show's pilot on September 17, 1964.

B.Y.O. Costuming: The Bare Minimum Wardrobe Department

It's difficult to imagine any of your favorite big-name television shows without a wardrobe department. After all, costuming is a big deal. They wouldn't honor it at award shows if it wasn't! However, the wardrobe department for Bewitched was so simple that it was nearly nonexistent. No designer hand-picked any costumes for the show.

Pmv 9zid4h 59dhwt Horog Gupyqf3vn0iyql8 Vistq2tkvciq5akolmcilbdsvqxrczpciva5xunpfkiswfbpfbuwtlwwmyx0 Rfuxw2dy3wnvqvcyhoyenhm6jw8p54ilm4l5r5 Rfid A
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Instead, supporting members of the cast, even those with significant roles, were asked to supply their own character's clothing. From there, the wardrobe department would simply clean, iron and return their clothing to them. It's strange to imagine that such a magical — and successful — show wouldn't supply costumes for all of its cast members.

Elizabeth Montgomery Almost Quit Acting Before Bewitched

Remember how Montgomery got involved with several manipulative men? Her first husband, Fred Cammann, was one of them. He was extraordinarily wealthy and wanted her to quit acting to start a family with him. However, she was an actress (not a housewife) at heart, so she refused.

Pcne Kxecooiu4en Cveuo Xuridw Geswveqfqwqrqfvjx07 0n1lwmbeg7ouo5ecurjrs7sdb C0kqyw4dus3u6smye35dbmyf4hgeidaymmt2vs6g7l6wxg8w0 Uouidlbligxbuzdhiciw
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Can you imagine what would have happened if she had quit before Bewitched? They would have found another actress, but would it have been the same charming, endearing, hilarious show everyone knows and loves? Fortunately, years later, William Asher encouraged her abilities and pushed her to remain in the industry, leading to her starring role in Bewitched.