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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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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:
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Mr. Jelk
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Bookman
John Ericson ...
Col. Heller
Bruce Forsyth ...
Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Carrie
Roy Snart ...
Paul
Ian Weighill ...
Charlie
Tessie O'Shea ...
Mrs. Hobday
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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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

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 838,193 (Sweden)
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Runtime:

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

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(25th anniversary special edition)| (RCA Sound Recording) (original release)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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GOOFY HOLLER: heard during the soccer game when the king kicks the hyena. See more »

Goofs

Charlie and Paul's Beatley haircuts are wrong for the period. In the war years boys' hair was much shorter. 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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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 Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) See more »

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The Beautiful Briny
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Performed by David Tomlinson and Angela Lansbury
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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A mixed bag
1 May 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

While I will mention some serious flaws that "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" have, I will admit right off that this movie is better than a lot of other Disney movies made during the first fifteen years after Walt Disney's death. That's probably because Walt was still alive and supervising the project when it was started in the early '60s. But there was a lot of work done on the project after his death, which probably explains why this attempt to recapture the "Mary Poppins" magic doesn't quite reach it.

I saw the restored, 140 minute version. While I usually approve of restorations, I have to wonder if the 30 or so restored minutes really helped. For one thing, there is not much story in this long version, and frequently the little story there is comes to a screeching halt. Younger kids may also not understand the war theme that runs through the movie. There is also a curious matter-of-fact feeling to much of the movie, which means the feeling of magic is diminished. And what's up with the opening credits, that spoil what happens in the last part of the movie?

Still, the acting is good, even with the child actors. There are some songs by the Sherman brothers that are pleasant to listen to, even if they don't match the greatness of the songs in "Mary Poppins". And there are some good special effects, some of which are amazing even in this age of computer animation. But if you watch this movie, I suggest that you divide it up in chunks and take a break between chunks, so you won't get figety in your seat.


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