Dec 13, 1971 · Directed by Robert Stevenson, Ward Kimball. With Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe. 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.
- Robert Stevenson, Ward Kimball
- 2 min
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Bill Walsh for Walt Disney Productions.It is based upon the books The Magic Bedknob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1947) by English children's author Mary Norton.
- Awards and Nominations
During the 1940 London Blitz, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are evacuated to the small village of Pepperinge Eye. There, they are placed in the care of Miss Eglantine Price, who reluctantly accepts them into her home. They learn that she is an apprentice witch, who wants to use her witchcraft to aid the war effort. In exchange for their silence, she casts a spell on a bedknob that Paul removed from the brass bed in their room. When reattached to it, it will travel anywhere he asks.Their f...
1. Leon Alton - Soldier at Portobello Road 2. Conrad Bachmann - German Soldier 3. Frank Baker, Don Barclay, Ed Haskett, William H. O'Brien - Portobello Road Passerby 4. Jane Betts, Milt Larsen, Edith Leslie - Spectator at Emelius' Failed Magic Performance 5. Eric Brotherson 6. James Brugman - Soldier Playing Tenor Saxophone 7. Patrick Sullivan Burke - Soldier 8. Cosmic Creepus - Cat 9. Patrick Dennis-Leigh, Delos Jewkes, George Mann, Jack Raine, Arthur Space, Hank Worden - Old Home Guardsman...
1. The Soldiers of the Old Home Guard 2. The Age of Not Believing 3. With a Flair 4. A Step in the Right Direction 5. Eglantine 6. Portobello Road 7. The Beautiful Briny 8. Substitutiary Locomotion 9. Nobody's Problems
The film was originally intended to be a large-scale epic holiday release similar to Mary Poppins, but after its premiere, it was shortened from its two and a half-hour length (while the liner notes on the soundtrack reissue in 2002 claims it was closer to three hours) to a more manageable (to movie theatres) two hours. Along with a minor subplot involving Roddy McDowall's character, three songs were removed entirely, and the central dance number \\"Portobello Road\\" was shortened by more than s...
The film received five Academy Award nominations and won one. 1. Best Visual Effects (Alan Maley, Eustace Lycett, and Danny Lee) 2. Nominations 3. Best Art Direction (John B. Mansbridge, Peter Ellenshaw, Emile Kuri, and Hal Gausman) (Nicholas and Alexandra won) 4. Best Costume Design (Nicholas and Alexandra won) 5. Best Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score (Fiddler on the Roof won) 6. Best Original Song for \\"The Age of Not Believing\\" (The \\"Theme from Shaft\\" won)
The Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a whimsical adventure. The film has a fairly good cast, which includes Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, and Roddy McDowall, and features several fun...
- fantasy, kids and family
BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS is one of the more-delightful live action musicals in the Disney canon. This welcome reissue of the soundtrack album is a must-own for all fans of the movie. Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) unwittingly takes in three young orphans when the bombs of Hitler begin to fall on the city of London.
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Angela Lansbury played Miss Price in Disney's version of "Bedknobs and Broomsticks", which is so far removed from this book as it could be. To read the author's original story was entertaining. A good story for children 6 - 10. I think it is too complicated for younger ones and too simplistic for older kids.
- Mary Norton
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