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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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Cindy O'Callaghan ...
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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
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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)  »

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,530,000 (USA)
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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

Julie Andrews, Leslie Caron, Lynn Redgrave, and Judy Carne were considered for the role of Miss Price before Angela Lansbury was cast. See more »

Goofs

At the Portobello Road market, Miss Price searches for the missing second half of Astoroth's book, by checking all of the *intact* volumes on each stall. 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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Referenced in Kim Possible: Vir-Tu-Ron (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody's Problems
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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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I loved this masterpiece and quite frankly I, too found Mary Poppins (although I love Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke) to be silly and sacrine-sweet. Angela Lansbury plays her character to perfection and I don't know why people think of this film as distorted. It was magical and it was lots of fun to watch. Every scene held a certain charm as you got to know the characters better. You truly see how this little thrown together family learn to bond with each other, despite their age and differences. I thought the characters were well developed, especially Charles who was at "The Age of not Believing". Mary Poppins may be more popular and cherished by others but this little gem will be the one that I will always love and cherish.


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