A Witch Without a Broom (1967)

aka Una Bruja sin escoba
Article 1827 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-16-2006
Posting Date: 8-13-2006
Directed by Jose Maria Elorrieta
Featuring Jeffrey Hunter, Maria Perschy, Gustavo Rojo

A twentieth century professor becomes the romantic choice of a sixteenth-century witch who sends him on an adventure through time.

It strikes me that nothing is as potentially awkward as trying to dub a foreign comedy so that it delivers the laughs in another country. It can be done, of course; I think THE TENTH VICTIM is quite successful in this regard. However, it’s much more likely that it will fall flat, and in this case, I doubt that the original language version of this was much of a laugh riot either. The basic plot is almost embarrassing; a man keeps being dropped into another time period where he catches the eye of a woman who tries to seduce him, and just as she is about to succeed, a jealous lover comes in and threatens his life, but he escapes to another time period, where he catches the eye of a woman who tries to seduce him, etc. etc. Now, unless you find this bedroom-farce-style idea the height of hilarity, this comedy will wear out its welcome very quickly indeed. Quite frankly, the best thing about this is Maria Perschy, who was beautiful enough for me to understand why the professor gets so distracted in class. Nonetheless, there are better witch comedies out there (I MARRIED A WITCH , anyone?) and better time travel comedies as well (heck, you’re even better off with FIDDLERS THREE ). This one is aimless, distracted and forgettable.

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