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Candleshoe (1977)

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 »

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

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

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 Mildred Shay ... Mrs. McCress
Michael Balfour Michael Balfour ... Mr. McCress
Sydney Bromley ... Mr. Thresher
Michael Segal ... Train Guard
Vivian Pickles ... Grimsworthy
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Storyline

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La course au trésor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Leo McKern replaced Harry Andrews in the role of Bundage. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Casey Brown: I'm not deprived; I'm delinquent. There's a difference, you know.
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Connections

Featured in Disney Through the Decades (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Xavier Atencio
Part of its melody feature throughout the film (especially the end of the climax)
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Unusual story elements make CANDLESHOE a delightful film...
21 December 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I'm not a JODIE FOSTER fan, but she's well cast as the tomboy posing as a wealthy aristocrat's long lost daughter, really on a mission to discover where the wealth is hidden.

David NIVEN is the aristocrat's butler, but forced to assume many different disguises to keep HELEN HAYES from realizing that she has almost no household staff other than him. Seems they are facing hard times just keeping up with the payments on the castle called "Candleshoe," an elegant British house in the countryside that provides a handsome setting for the story.

Foster, Niven and Hayes give delightful performances and keep the film going whenever it runs out of steam--which, unfortunately, happens toward the end when the slapstick becomes something better left to the likes of a Buster Keaton or a Charlie Chaplin.

Neverthelss, kids and adults will be drawn into the story, deftly played and well directed with enough humor and excitement to keep any viewer interested until the wacky finale.

And that "Candleshoe" house is something to see. As Jodie Foster says, "What a shack!"


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