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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  13 December 1971 (USA)
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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ericson ...
Bruce Forsyth ...
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Roy Snart ...
Ian Weighill ...
Tessie O'Shea ...
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Capt. Greer (as Arthur E. Gould-Porter)
Ben Wrigley ...
Portobello Rd. Workman
Gen. Teagler
Cyril Delevanti ...
Elderly Farmer
Rick Traeger ...
German Sergeant


During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. Written by Matthew Anscher <>

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spell | magic | apprentice | bed | witch | See All (253) »


You'll beWITCHED! You'll beDAZZLED! You'll be swept into a world of enchantment BEYOND ANYTHING BEFORE!


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Release Date:

13 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 838,193 (Sweden)

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| (1996) (restored) | (re-release) (1980)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The only non-European cast member is Sam Jaffe, who was born in New York. See more »


When Professor Browne's shoes are bewitched so that they dance by themselves the string used to create this effect is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Ainsley Greer: You there, which way to Pepperinge Eye?
Elderly Farmer: Couldn't say, sir. It said on the wireless to paint out the sign posts in case the Nazis drop in.
Captain Ainsley Greer: I'm not a Nazi, I'm a British officer!
Elderly Farmer: That's what you'd say if you *was* a Nazi, isn't it sir?
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The opening credits are based on the Bayeux Tapestry, a full account of the 1066 Norman conquest of Britain. See more »


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One of the few films so good...
11 November 2005 | by (Lancaster, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few films where I consider the film rendition to be an improvement on the original book. The story is clear, accessible, amusing and interesting and the musical numbers are without a doubt exceptional. I adored the cyclical rendition of 'The old home guard' and the charming 'Portobello Road', a great combination of early animation + real actors techniques which, though dated do not detract from the charm of the piece. The background of the Second World War worked well and was not omitted as the film got under way, which so often happens in 'evacuee' stories.

An often far too underrated film, it produces no end to enjoyment for people of all ages. The performances from the actors are exceptionally well done and the entire text is neatly tied together and well designed. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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