That iconic horse statue from the Brady Bunch house has a witchy history

People really ponied up for these sculptures.

The most recognizable celebrity on The Brady Bunch just might be a building. After a hit home renovation series, the Brady house has reached new levels of familiarity. The six actors who played the Brady kids reunited for A Very Brady Renovation and helped piece together a recreation of the studio set inside the familiar suburban facade. They painstakingly tracked down decorations and props, because few sitcom sets are as intimately familiar in the minds of television viewers.

One of the immediately recognizable objects in the Brady living room is a horse statue that sits atop a credenza by that iconic staircase. You know, the one that barely escapes destruction by a basketball when Peter breaks the vase in "Confessions, Confessions." The white horse majestically stands with a front hoof raised.

What's perhaps most interesting about the sculpture is how familiar it might have looked to viewers in 1969. Before it became a centerpiece on The Brady Bunch, the horse statue turned up on a couple of offices seen by millions. Even stranger, it always seemed to appear in stories about witches.

The horse statue first trotted into our memory in the 1958 film Bell, Book and Candle. Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart, who had appeared together earlier that year in the Hitchcock masterpiece Vertigo, starred in this romantic comedy. Novak played a witch in Greenwich Village who casts a spell on her neighbor, Stewart. She is a free spirit. His character, Shep Henderson, is a buttoned-down suit who works in publishing. 

If this all sounds terribly similar to a certain 1960s sitcom, it is with good reason. Bewitched creator Sol Saks admitted Bell, Book and Candle was a heavy influence on his Elizabeth Montgomery-Dick York series

In Bell, Stewart's Shep Henderson worked in publishing. On Bewitched, York's Darrin Stephens worked in advertising. What's even stranger is that both of their offices had that same horse statue!

You can see it easily in the trailer for Bell, Book and Candle when Ernie Kovacs is introduced. The white horse stands by the entrance inside Shep's office.

On Bewitched, the equine decor can be found inside the office of Larry Tate (David White). Darrin has a different horse statue on display behind his desk. Horse statues were all the rage in the midcentury.

Columbia Pictures was the studio behind both Bell, Book and Candle and Bewitched. That could explain a shared prop warehouse. However, The Brady Bunch filmed at Paramount. How did it make it to the groovy Brady living room? We're not sure, but we're blaming Peter.

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noncentz 4 months ago
This horse seemed to follow Kim Novak around. Before galloping into Bell, Book & Candle and Vertigo. the horse appeared in Jack Lemmon and Judy Holliday's divorce comedy PHFFFT (1954). Kim Novak also stars as a woman Lemmon dates after his divorce from Holliday. The horse adorn's Lemmon's office as the place where he hangs his hat.
LauraTaproot 14 months ago
Just found this post by Googling because I'm in the middle of WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED? (1963) and the SAME horse statue appears in Dean Martin's character's apartment. The corker? His fiancee is played by none other than witchy woman herself, Elizabeth Montgomery!
Moosekev LauraTaproot 7 months ago
I see no place for me to leave a new comment, so I will respond here. I was watching the movie Phffft! With Jack Lemmon, and the horse is in his office. In fact, he puts his hat on the horse's tail.
RandellMcPherson 20 months ago
1959 The Crimson Kimono also guest stars the statue. Produced by Globe Enterprises and distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Susannah 22 months ago
Came across this interesting article when I recognized the statue in Paramount Picture's My Sister Eileen, made three years prior to B,B,&C.
I know I've seen it in many films/tv shows and thought it must be a replica of a famous statue, but haven't found one like it yet!
HerbF 30 months ago
There's most likely TWO horses of similar design - one at Columbia and one at Paramount - would not be an uncommon occurrence. There most likely were 1000's of these things made - and this would easily be an off-the-shelf item from a prop house or a supplier.
GregoryMay 36 months ago
So, they painted the base of the statue for the Brady Bunch, or is it actually a different statue?
SmallFrySmallFry 40 months ago
I saw this same horse via a YouTube clip. It was in Darrin's office in one of the earley seasons. Behind Louise Tate in one scene.
Carbon14 41 months ago
This horse is in a Mannix episode "Quartet for a Blunt Instrument" It can be seen in the Sheriff's Office!
GenePopa 50 months ago
The horse first appeared in 1957 in the "Happy Holidays with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby" television special on ABC. I'm guessing it was the property of an independent prop company, which is why it popped up in projects by different studios.
Runeshaper 52 months ago
That's a neat fact! Would be interesting to find out how the Bradys (plural, not possessive) ended up with it. LOL
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Wiseguy 52 months ago
Bradys - plural not possessive.
Utzaake 52 months ago
Bell, Book and Candle is shown often on TCM. Love the Ernie Kovacs sighting.
moax429 Utzaake 52 months ago
It might also turn up on the Sony Pictures Movie Channel.
Pacificsun 52 months ago
The general design (presentation) was a typical decorating touch for that period of time. One of the favorite of various styles was adding a slight oriental accent, and this statue became a "statement" piece for that reason. Once something is notice (in public) it becomes all the more popular!
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