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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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Tessie O'Shea ...
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 | bed | witchcraft | 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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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last feature film for Anthony Eustrel and Reginald Owen. See more »

Goofs

It's been claimed that the British characters should not have been using the word "soccer" instead of "football", and that young Charles is the only one who calls it by the "correct" name when he says, "...That's no excuse for dirty football!" However, although British people now rarely refer to the game as "soccer" it was a name much more frequently used in the past and was in very common usage certainly well into the 1970s. Even books and magazines devoted to the sport were as likely, if not more so, to use "Soccer" in their titles as "Football". For some reason the name "soccer" virtually disappeared, almost overnight, from common usage in the UK at the end of the 1970s/early 1980s. 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 »

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Featured in The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) 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 first movie love
12 November 2000 | by (Castle Rock, Maine) – See all my reviews

IN LOVING MEMORY OF DAVID TOMLINSON (1917-2000)

When I watched this movie for the first time I was 4 years old and I got fascinated by this story of witches in the 2nd World War. The scene, which impressed me the most, was the fight between the Nazi soldiers and the medieval army. It was exceptional to see this army without a body walk to fight the astonished singing their march. This movie is fantastic, from the trip to Portobello Road (which became to me the most fantastic place of London) to the journey to Naboomboo. Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson are really a fantastic couple. She is always great, it seems the good aunt of a family and David with his always astonished face is her great co-protagonist. we'll miss him a lot.


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