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Bedknobs and Broomsticks ()


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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical magician conman search for the missing component to a magic spell to be used in the defense of Britain in WWII.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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Miss Price
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Emelius
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Mr. Jelk
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Bookman
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Col. Heller
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Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Carrie
Roy Snart ...
Paul
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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
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Elderly Farmer
Rick Traeger ...
German Sergeant
Manfred Lating ...
German Sergeant
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Plaster Vendor
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Codfish (voice) (as Robert Holt)
Lennie Weinrib ...
Secretary Bird / Lion (voice)
Dal McKennon ...
Bear (voice)
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Soldier at Portobello Road (uncredited)
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German Soldier (uncredited)
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Portobello Road Passerby (uncredited)
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Portobello Road Passerby (uncredited)
Jane Betts ...
Spectator at Emelius' Failed Magic Performance (uncredited)
Eric Brotherson ...
(uncredited)
James Brugman ...
Soldier Playing Tenor Saxophone (uncredited)
Patrick Sullivan Burke ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Cat (uncredited)
Patrick Dennis-Leigh ...
Old Home Guardsman (uncredited)
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Vendor (uncredited)
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Old Piano Player (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ...
Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Ina Gould ...
Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ...
Old Home Guardsman (uncredited)
Sid Kane ...
Book Vendor (uncredited)
Milt Larsen ...
Spectator at Emelius' Failed Magic Performance (uncredited)
Edith Leslie ...
Spectator at Emelius' Failed Magic Performance (uncredited)
Ysabel MacCloskey ...
Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
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Mr. Widdenfield - Museum Guard (restored version) (uncredited)
George Mann ...
Old Home Guardsman (uncredited)
Chris Marks ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
James McInnes ...
Home Guard Sergeant (uncredited)
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Vendor with Hat and Boa (uncredited)
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Portobello Road Passerby (uncredited)
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Vendor (uncredited)
Maria Pogee ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Old Home Guardsman (uncredited)
Maxine Semon ...
Portobello Dancer (uncredited)
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Old Home Guardsman (uncredited)
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Old Home Guardsman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Stevenson

Written by

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Ralph Wright ... (animation story) &
Ted Berman ... (animation story)
 
Bill Walsh ... (screenplay) &
Don DaGradi ... (screenplay)
 
Mary Norton ... (book)
 
Ken Anderson ... (animation story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Bill Walsh ... producer

Music by

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Irwin Kostal ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Frank V. Phillips ... director of photography (as Frank Phillips)

Film Editing by

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Cotton Warburton

Editorial Department

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Holly Austin ... negative cutter: restoration
Romeo Fornoles ... color timer (restoration)
Tony Malanowski ... editor: restoration
James W. Swain ... animation film editor

Art Direction by

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Peter Ellenshaw
John B. Mansbridge

Set Decoration by

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Hal Gausman
Emile Kuri

Costume Design by

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Bill Thomas

Makeup Department

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La Rue Matheron ... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist
Sharleen Rassi ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lynn F. Reynolds ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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John D. Bloss ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Christopher Hibler ... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli ... second unit director
Dorothy Kieffer ... second assistant director apprentice (uncredited)
William R. Poole ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Webb ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jack Colconda ... prop master (uncredited)
John Emerson ... assistant set decorator: underwater sequence (uncredited)
Herman Lowers ... set construction coordinator (uncredited)
Bob McLing ... props (uncredited)
Ralph Mikkelson ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella ... scenic designer (uncredited)
Al Roelofs ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert O. Cook ... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas ... sound mixer
Bud Maffett ... cableman (uncredited)
Frank Regula ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Danny Lee ... special effects
Eustace Lycett ... special effects
Alan Maley ... special effects
Howard Jensen ... set effects (uncredited)
Hans Metz ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Eddie Stacey ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ed Austin ... animation camera (uncredited)
Bob Coburn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill King ... gaffer (uncredited)
Jim Luske ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Marvin Mayo ... second grip (uncredited)
Otto Meyer ... best boy (uncredited)
Jim Pickel ... animation camera (uncredited)
Stan Reed ... key grip (uncredited)
John R. Shannon ... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael St. Hilaire ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Whitman Sr. ... camera operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Ken Anderson ... character designer
Jack Boyd ... animator
Jack Buckley ... animator
Al Dempster ... background
Don Griffith ... layout
Joe Hale ... layout
Fred Hellmich ... animator
Ralph Hulett ... background
Milt Kahl ... animator
Dick Kelsey ... background
Ward Kimball ... animation director
Hal King ... animator
Eric Larson ... animator
Bill Layne ... background
John Lounsbery ... animator
Art Stevens ... animator
McLaren Stewart ... animation - live action design
Julius Svendsen ... animator
Wilma Baker ... final checker (uncredited)
Bill Brazner ... xerox (uncredited)
Mary Jane Cole ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Diana Dixon ... xerox and paint (uncredited)
Maria Fenyvesi ... inker (uncredited)
Bob Foster ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Buf Nerbovig ... scene planner (uncredited)
Robyn Roberts ... painter (uncredited)
Carmen Sanderson ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Dave Suding ... assistant animator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Shelby Anderson ... assistant to designer
Chuck Keehne ... costumes
Emily Sundby ... costumes
Mary Dye ... on-set costumer: women (uncredited)
John George ... on-set costumer: men (uncredited)
Kent James ... on-set costumer: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Evelyn Kennedy ... music editor
Irwin Kostal ... conductor / music arranger / music supervisor
James MacDonald ... assistant to conductor
Richard M. Sherman ... music and lyrics by
Robert B. Sherman ... music and lyrics by
Irwin Kostal ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edmundo Santos ... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)

Other crew

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Bob Baker ... technical consultant
Carolyn Dyer ... assistant choreographer
David Jonas ... title designer
Milt Larsen ... technical consultant
Manfred Lating ... technical consultant
James McInnes ... technical consultant
Donald McKayle ... choreographer
Albert Mello ... dance accompanist
Lois Thurman ... script supervisor
Tom Clark ... publicist (uncredited)
Peggy Cobb ... welfare worker (uncredited)
A. Keehn ... rental of barrows: "Portobello Road" sequence (uncredited)
Bill Landrum ... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, who it turns out is 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 bed knob 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, former 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

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Taglines The most magical one of all! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition (United States)
  • L'apprentie sorcière (France)
  • La bruja novata (Spain)
  • A Meiga novata (Spain, Gallegan title)
  • L'aprenenta de bruixa (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Angela Lansbury hated what she called "by the numbers" acting in this film. Due to the heavy special effects, the entire film had to be storyboarded in advance, shot for shot. It meant every moment was pre-determined and the actress wasn't free to explore the character naturally. See more »
Goofs British characters refer to "soccer" rather than "football." The latter is spoken only by young Charles who says, "That's no excuse for dirty football!" Many viewers assume that this inaccuracy reveals the American origins of the producers. However, the term soccer was used in Britain along with football, for much of the 20th century. At one point soccer was the preferred term in official printed materials there. For some reason the name "soccer" virtually disappeared, almost overnight, from common usage in the UK around 1980. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Overture/The Old Home Guard See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are based on the Bayeux Tapestry, a full account of the 1066 Norman conquest of Britain. See more »
Quotes Eglentine Price: Treguna, Makoidees, Trecorum, Sadis Dee!
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