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Candleshoe (1977)

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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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Priory
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Lady St.Edmund
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Casey
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Bundage
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Cluny
Ian Sharrock ...
Peter
Sarah Tamakuni ...
Anna
David Samuels ...
Bobby
John Alderson ...
Jenkins
Mildred Shay ...
Mrs. McCress
Michael Balfour ...
Mr. McCress
Sydney Bromley ...
Mr. Thresher
Michael Segal ...
Train Guard
Vivian Pickles ...
Grimsworthy
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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. 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 <d.a.sparling@bradford.ac.uk>

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16 December 1977 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)

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Trivia

Screenwriter David Swift, who in the early 1960s directed Pollyanna (1960) and The Parent Trap (1961) for Walt Disney, developed this project for the company and was set to direct it. However, he felt Jodie Foster (then one of the most popular teenage actresses in the country) was all wrong for the part of Casey and stepped down. See more »

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When Peter wades into the water to break up the fight between Casey, Cluny and Anna, his shirt appears to be wet, even though in the previous shot he was not in the water. See more »

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Lady St. Edmund: Priory!
Lady St. Edmund: My Lady?
Casey Brown: Gagh!
[puts down the spoon]
Harry Bundage: Eat it!
Casey Brown: I can't! I've had enough! Uh...
[looks for a place to dump the rice pudding out]
Lady St. Edmund: Strawberries, shortbread, rice pudding? I must say, that was very unscrupulous of you, Priory.
Priory: Quite right, My Lady. Most unscrupulous.
Lady St. Edmund: We'll just let things take their course, shall we, Priory?
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An excellent family film
3 August 2004 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I worked at the Disney Studios when this film was made. It was given a wide showing to Studio employees prior to release. At that time there were no "main titles." We were also given a list of potential release titles, the simple "Candleshoe" winning out. The employee comments were overwhelmingly positive and the movie went on to do good business.

One reviewer commented that the movie contained a high level of violence for a live action Disney film. It is no more violent than many such Disney movies (just see the final fight in "Blackbeard's Ghost" for example). There are several general brawls in Candleshoe, (including the climatic battle between the good guys and the bad guys), but it all done tongue-in-cheek; it is totally unobjectionable, and meant purely for fun. This last "battle" is played so broadly in fact that one might even say it nearly goes "over the top."

David Niven is wonderful in a variety of roles, from the butler, to a gardener to a retired army colonel. (The role was originally set for Laurence Oliver.) This was the first of two Niven films for Disney, the other being "No Deposit, No Return."

The nice thing about "Candleshoe" is that it continues to entertain more than 25 years after its release.


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