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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <anscher@radonc.duke.edu>

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Release Date:

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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Technical Specs


| (1996) (restored) | (re-release) (1980) | (initial US release) (November 1971)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several of the dolls Carrie admires in the nursery of Professor Brown's house are modeled after the international puppets in the Small World ride. See more »


Charlie and Paul's Beatley haircuts are wrong for the period. In the war years boys' hair was much shorter. 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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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic (1991) See more »


With a Flair
Performed by David Tomlinson
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
(Cut from film following USA limited premier release. Only in the 1996 reconstruction)
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My Favourite Disney Film
24 June 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film many years ago and I thought it was pure magic. It was a lovely film full of escapism which could be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

The performances throughout the film by it's actors and actresses are magnificent. The songs are great and the special effects are lovely for it's time. The story is a beautiful one.

I love films like this and I last watched this film around 1986. As I said earlier, it is pure escapism-one of those beautiful films which whisks you away from real life problems into a lovely fantasy world. It is pure brilliance.

I would recommend this film to anyone but particularly to young children born after it was released-even today in 2002 it can be enjoyed.

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