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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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| (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 »


When the market stall trader removes the necklace from around Carrie's neck saying, "Who d'you think you are, the Queen of Sheba?", her mouth, reflected in the mirror, isn't moving. 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 Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) See more »


The Age of Not Believing
Performed by Angela Lansbury
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Terrific film
6 May 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that this film receives such little comment, as compared to "Mary Poppins", for the simple fact that most people DO compare it to "Mary Poppins" amd really, it stands alone.

The story is quite original and well done. The actors are all wonderful, and Angela Lansbury, to me, will always be Miss Price. David Tomlinson is also wonderful as Professor Browne. The children are also great, with the standout being the youngest one, Paul. He has so many funny moments in this movie.

Again, the Sherman Brothers lend their creative song-writing talents to this film with excellent results. "The Age of Not Believing" is wonderful, as is "Eglantine", "The Beautiful Briny" and the superb "Portobello Road" number. The animation scenes are also great and imaginative.

This is certainly an enjoyable film on many counts, and should be remembered just as so many of the other Disney classics. It should also be seen in the recently restored version, which runs over two hours. The story is more fluent in that version, and the songs are intact, for the most part. A great movie.

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