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Small-time crook Harry Bundage discovers that the old manor house where Lady St. Edmund resides, with three orphans and her butler Priory is the resting place for a hoard of treasure. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lady St.Edmund
Ian Sharrock ...
Sarah Tamakuni ...
David Samuels ...
John Alderson ...
Mildred Shay ...
Mrs. McCress
Michael Balfour ...
Mr. McCress
Sydney Bromley ...
Mr. Thresher
Michael Segal ...
Train Guard
Vivian Pickles ...


Small-time crook Harry Bundage discovers that the old manor house where Lady St. Edmund resides, with three orphans and her butler Priory is the resting place for a hoard of treasure. Unfortunately, he doesn't know where it is. Bundage recruits urchin Casey Brown to dupe Lady St. Edmund into thinking that she is her long-lost granddaughter, so she can search for clues to the location of the treasure. Unbeknownst to Bundage AND her ladyship, Lady St. Edmund is flat broke, and Priory and the children help her ladyship try to keep her home and pride. Joined by Casey, they do all the chores and Priory acts as the butler, gardener, chauffeur and an old major all at the same time! Written by David A Sparling <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Their Family Fortune Is Bigger Than They Imagined! See more »


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Release Date:

16 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kapitány kincse  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actor Bruce Forsyth has said in interviews such as one on a BBC Breakfast show on 23rd May 2013 that he was an early choice to play Priory which was in the end cast with David Niven. Apparently, Forsyth has said that Niven had originally had turned down the role as he had not seen the screenplay but later then changed his mind. See more »


When Casey and Bundage leave Candleshoe and get into the car, the reflection of a light is visible on the left side of the window. See more »


Lady St. Edmund: I don't suppose your experience with family life has been a happy one.
Casey Brown: What family life? Tell ya, the only thing i remember about family life is nothing. Zero. One foster dump to another. I mean who really cares about a kid you take in just for the welfare money and the food stamps? I mean who really cares? It's a racket, just like anything else. The whole world's a racket. First thing i ever learned. you get up out of bed in the morning with your dukes up. You got 'em up, first punch is yours.
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13 November 2009 | by (N. Korea) – See all my reviews

Time has not dimmed the appeal of this refreshing film. It may not be fashionable for a film to be heartwarming these days, but Candleshoe IS heartwarming, and I like it fine that way.

Banner performances are found here from Helen Hayes, David Niven, and the young Jodie Foster. Hayes is great in her old age, and there is already visible in Ms. Foster the greatness she will achieve later on. David Niven is extraordinarily versatile (doing work every bit on the caliber of Peter Sellers).

Candleshoe is a family estate in England. There is a rumor that there is a fortune hidden there. Most think it is just a myth but Harry has found a clue to the fortune. But he needs someone on the inside to figure it out.

As Lady St. Edmund's granddaughter and only living relative disappeared at birth, Harry finds a waif with a past to pass off as the granddaughter. He and his girlfriend, Grimsworthy, instructs her on the family history and then takes her to grandmum.

The estate has fallen on hard times and become a foster home for a group of orphans. They take care of the tours and hold events to raise money to cover the operating costs. When all else fails, they sell an antique. The estate is run a by the family butler, Priory, who poses as the family chauffeur, the family gardener and Colonel Dennis.

When here is nothing left to sell, they cannot pay the taxes and the county is about to foreclose. Of course, Casey finds the treasure and saves the day.

In the early 70's studios would not release major films during the summer, so Disney made low budget films specifically aimed at school kids on vacation. This was one of the last of these "summer" films.

Jodie Foster would go on to make great films but she got her feet wet at Disney making four films. This and FREAKY Friday showed her potential.

Helen Hayes was a major star in 20's and 30's and had a resurgence after winning her second Oscar in 1970 for the HAPPY HOOKER. But she wanted to make family oriented films and found a haven at Disney and a new generation found her irresistible. This is probably her second best Disney performance after HERBIE RIDES AGAIN.

David Niven was a star in virtually every decade from his debut in the 30's until his death in 1981. The summer before Candleshoe, he played a different type of butler in Disney's ONE OF OUR DINOSAURS HAS TURNED UP MISSING. Therefore, he was the first choice to play Priory and gives his usually great performance.

This is a great "for all family" film. It's no Gone with the Wind but it's not meant to be. This is a chance to see an up and coming star plus two classic stars at the end of their long careers.


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