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Why, what a coincidence! (i.e., as it turns out.)

I initially learned about and was curious to see "Night Life of the Gods" (1935) because Thelma Todd's ex-husband has a small role in it. Then further upon watching, I discovered several other things of unusual interest. One of the first of these was that the film has what struck me as several "goomeristic" qualities; such as for example:

1. The bad jokes and ongoing, vapid and mostly vain attempts at cute dialogue and humor.
2. "Faith, Hope, and Charity" are ridiculed and rejected as a tiresome singing trio (a la something like the Andrews Sisters, but pre-1940 of course.)
3. The main character, an eccentric scientist, has the power to turn people into stone. This is useful for getting them to buzz off or shut up as he needs them to -- very much like how Samantha Stevens does her little twitch of the nose to do something similar on "Bewitched."*

The film is worthwhile as an attempt at something creatively different, and deserves credit in that regard, but otherwise it is a failure except as a period curiosity.

After so viewing, I looked further into its original author Thorne Smith (1892-1934), pictured above. It turns out he was also the creator of the "Topper" ghost-comedy series and the 1942 movie "I Married a Witch," with Fredric March and Veronica Lake in the primary roles; which latter film is reportedly understood to be the inspiration for "Bewitched." Here's a clip in case for such as might be interested:

["I Married A Witch, Starring Susan Hayward,Part 6, FINAL"]

Was all this, in its way, part of the start of what became so common and matter of course later (and to this day)?

* Later Note. I spotted this specific association BEFORE learning about Thorne Smith.