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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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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Roy Snart ...
Ian Weighill ...
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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13 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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| (1996) (restored) | (re-release) (1980) | (initial US release) (November 1971)

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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The song The Beautiful Briny Sea was originally written for a sequence in Mary Poppins (1964) that was ultimately dropped. See more »

Goofs

After the machine gun crew abandon their weapon and run, the very same crew are seen already set up in firing position merely 5 seconds later. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody's Problems
(uncredited)
Performed by Angela Lansbury
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
(cut after USA limited premier release, now only in the 1996 restoration)
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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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