8 Things You Didn’t Know About Bewitched
6. Casting Samantha
Sol Saks is credited as the creator of Bewitched even though he was not involved with series after the pilot episode. While creating the show, however, he did want actress Tammy Grimes cast as the lead actress. At the time, Grimes had just won a Tony award for The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Bewitched‘s lead character was supposed to be named Cassandra. Right away Grimes was not a fan of the premise of the show and was upset when she found out she wouldn’t be using her powers to stop wars or deal with the difficult Los Angeles traffic. She eventually turned the role down because of her disagreements about the character with producers and Elizabeth Montgomery was cast instead.
5. Making Magic
Back in the ’60s, Hollywood producers did not have the technology to make Harry Potter-type magic happen, which meant for Bewitched it was all done manually. All of Samantha’s “magic” was actually done by stagehands, so if she were to use her magic to clean a room, she would raise her arms in the air to work her magic. Behind the scenes, Montgomery would have to stand there with her arms up while the stagehands quickly rushed around to actually remove the items, and once the room was clean, the director would yell “action” and Montgomery would lower her arms and continue. When it came to quick outfit changes, the director would plant the actor’s shoes in one place while the actor changed, that way they would return to the exact same spot.