Welcome to Candleshoe, a stately English manor where a swashbuckling pirate hid a fortune in Spanish doubloons centuries ago. And that's what young orphan Casey and a sly con man are determined to find.


Norman Tokar


David Swift (screenplay), Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Priory
Helen Hayes ... Lady St. Edmund
Jodie Foster ... Casey
Leo McKern ... Bundage
Veronica Quilligan ... Cluny
Ian Sharrock Ian Sharrock ... Peter
Sarah Tamakuni ... Anna
David Samuels David Samuels ... Bobby
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jenkins
Mildred Shay ... Mrs. McCress
Michael Balfour ... Mr. McCress
Sydney Bromley ... Mr. Thresher
Michael Segal ... Train Guard
Vivian Pickles ... Grimsworthy


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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For 10% of the action and a red Ferrari, she'd con her own grandmother. See more »


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Did You Know?


The tune played by Grimsworthy on the piano and by the music box is "Greensleeves" (also called "What Child Is This"). See more »


When Priory, Lady St.Edmond and the kids arrive at the station and find the train leaving, Peter states that it's the last stop before London. This would not be possible as in 1978 (The date on the for sale notice at Candleshoe) trains to London would not be steam hauled, they would be high speed electric trains, steam had not been used on mainlines in Britain for over a decade. See more »


Lady St. Edmund: I don't mind in the least that you lied to me when you first came to Candleshoe. But I would be very hurt if you lied to me now. Do you really want to go back to Los Angeles?
Casey Brown: [Casey begins to cry and is embarassed] I've never cried in my life.
Lady St. Edmund: Then I think it's time that you did. Come on, my dear. We're going home.
[they leave the train station together]
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Referenced in Goofy Wants Your Money (2019) See more »


Traditional English folk song
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One of the BEST Disney Live Action Family Movies Of Its Time
18 March 2007 | by FiendishDramaturgySee all my reviews

Before this vehicle became contrived, Disney did it while it was still fresh. A group of orphans must save the castle in which their adoptive "grandmother" has housed them. This work involves some intrigue and a very young Jodi Foster as a nearly incorrigible ruffian girl.

This is a lot of fun, but it also bears some touching moments, endearing characters, and a great script. Honestly, this is one of my favorites of the Disney Family series. It offers you hope, love, and a promise of better things to come.

This is truly good.

It rates an 8.9/10 from...

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16 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)



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1.66 : 1
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