Monday, May 09, 2005

Bewitched Statue Watch: Day 5...

In October of 1970 North Shore residents had an opportunity to see two of their local communities featured on the popular television sitcom "Bewitched."

A few months earlier a fire had burned down the Hollywood lot where the show was usually filmed. The producers then decided to shoot on location for the first time in the sitcom's history.

Two episodes, filmed primarily in Salem and Gloucester in June and July, were shown on consecutive Thursday nights in mid-October under the title "The Salem Saga." Then mayor Samuel Zoll designated Oct. 8, the day the first episode aired, as "Bewitched Day" in Salem.

The stars of the show, Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick Sargent, and the rest of the cast and crew of "Bewitched," stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel while filming in the area. Fans gathered outside the hotel and at film locations hoping to get an autograph or picture of two of television's most popular personalities.
Link to article, "First 'Bewitched' visit to Salem generated lots of excitement"
So I say to Ms. Harrison and the handful of people who bemoan this statue: Learn to believe in magic again.
Link to long-winded letter in "North Shore Sunday"

Links to various "Bewitched" posts by yours truly.

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