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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Jelk
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Bookman
John Ericson ...
Col. Heller
Bruce Forsyth ...
Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Carrie
Roy Snart ...
Paul
Ian Weighill ...
Charlie
Tessie O'Shea ...
Mrs. Hobday
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Capt. Greer (as Arthur E. Gould-Porter)
Ben Wrigley ...
Portobello Rd. Workman
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Gen. Teagler
Cyril Delevanti ...
Elderly Farmer
Rick Traeger ...
German Sergeant
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Storyline

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 <anscher@radonc.duke.edu>

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magic | apprentice | witch | witchcraft | bed | See more »

Taglines:

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

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 838,193 (Sweden)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

(25th anniversary special edition)| (RCA Sound Recording) (original release)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last feature film that longtime Disney studio songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote songs for until The Tigger Movie (2000), although they briefly returned in the early 1980s to write songs for EPCOT Center. See more »

Goofs

During the football match when the ball is being hit up and down the pitch, you can see that Paul (the blond child) is corpsing, while the other two children are only just managing to keep straight faces. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on the Bayeux Tapestry, a full account of the 1066 Norman conquest of Britain. See more »


Soundtracks

A Step in the Right Direction
(uncredited)
Performed by Angela Lansbury
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
(cut from film following USA limited premier release)
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My personal favorite
8 August 2001 | by (West Valley) – See all my reviews

I loved this masterpiece and quite frankly I, too found Mary Poppins (although I love Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke) to be silly and sacrine-sweet. Angela Lansbury plays her character to perfection and I don't know why people think of this film as distorted. It was magical and it was lots of fun to watch. Every scene held a certain charm as you got to know the characters better. You truly see how this little thrown together family learn to bond with each other, despite their age and differences. I thought the characters were well developed, especially Charles who was at "The Age of not Believing". Mary Poppins may be more popular and cherished by others but this little gem will be the one that I will always love and cherish.


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