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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:
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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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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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote two songs that never made it past preproduction despite Richard's protests. The first, "The Fundamental Element," had Miss Price explain her kindly philosophy to the children after turning Charlie into a rabbit. The second was a Music Hall pastiche called "Solid Citizen," which Miss Price would have sung to distract King Leonidas and get the magic star; ultimately, the soccer game replaced it. Both of them went unheard until demos performed by Richard Sherman appeared on the CD soundtrack reissue. 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 »


Referenced in The Wonder Years: Carnal Knowledge (1992) See more »


Portobello Road
Performed by David Tomlinson, John Orchard, Thurl Ravenscroft, Ian Weighill, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, and others
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
(edited version following USA limited release)
(extended version only on 1996 restoration)
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User Reviews

On par with Mary Poppins.
27 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mary Poppins is definitely much better, but this is a lovely film nonetheless. Angela Lansbury is splendidly dotty as Engletine Price, and David Tomlinson has great fun as Mr. Brown. Their chemistry was just brilliant as well. The children, however just lacked the same sparkle, though Paul is very funny and cute. The songs were actually not as bad as some people say, "Beautiful Briny Sea" is the best, in fact all the songs are outstanding. The special effects were wonderful, that had plenty of magic, and the story is original enough. The highlights, though, like Mary Poppins, were the animated sequences. The underwater sequence was beautiful, but my favourite was the football match, which was absolutely hilarious. The only other criticism was that I didn't quite get the ending when I first saw it. All in all, a lovely film, that is hardly ever on. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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