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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 World War II.

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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)
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Secretary Bird / Lion (voice)
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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)
Ed Haskett ...
Portobello Road Passerby (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)
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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
Ward Kimball ... (animation director) (uncredited)

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
Hal Ambro ... animator (uncredited)
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)
Jerry Hathcock ... animator (uncredited)
Don Lusk ... animator (uncredited)
Buf Nerbovig ... scene planner (uncredited)
Cliff Nordberg ... animator (uncredited)
Robyn Roberts ... painter (uncredited)
Carmen Sanderson ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Dave Suding ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Don Towsley ... 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)
Walter Sheets ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Lois Thurman ... script supervisor

Additional 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
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 World War II in England, Charlie (Ian Weighill), Carrie (Cindy O'Callaghan), and Paul Rawlins (Roy Snart) are sent to live with Miss Eglantine Price (Dame Angela Lansbury), who, as 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 bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic travelling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London, where they meet Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson), 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 Julie Andrews initially turned down the role of Miss Eglantine Price. She eventually reconsidered, believing she owed her movie career to Walt Disney Studios and wanted to work there again. When she told the studio she'd changed her mind, Dame Angela Lansbury had already been cast. See more »
Goofs British characters refer to "soccer" rather than "football." Both terms were used in Britain for most of the 20th Century. At one point, "soccer" was the preferred term in official printed materials there. The term disappeared from common usage, very quickly, 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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