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Original Title :
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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Movie / Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Musical
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Directror :
Robert Stevenson
Cast :
Angela Lansbury,David Tomlinson,Roddy McDowall
Writer :
Ralph Wright,Ted Berman
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Type :
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1h 29min
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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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October 7, 1971 (premiere) December 13, 1971 (general). 117 minutes (original); 139 minutes (restored version). French: L'Apprentie Sorcière (The Apprentice Witch). German: Die tollkühne Hexe in ihrem fliegenden Bett. Hebrew: המיטה המעופפת (The Flying Bed). Italian: Pomi d'ottone e manici di scopa. Maltese: Is-Sodda Ttir. Portuguese (Brazil): Se Minha Cama Voasse (If My Bed Could Fly). Spanish (Latin America): Travesuras de una Bruja (Mischiefs of a Witch). Spanish (Spain): La Bruja Novata (The Newbie Witch).

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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.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury Angela Lansbury - Miss Price
David Tomlinson David Tomlinson - Emelius
Roddy McDowall Roddy McDowall - Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe Sam Jaffe - Bookman
John Ericson John Ericson - Col. Heller
Bruce Forsyth Bruce Forsyth - Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan Cindy O'Callaghan - Carrie
Roy Snart Roy Snart - Paul
Ian Weighill Ian Weighill - Charlie
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea - Mrs. Hobday
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter - Capt. Greer (as Arthur E. Gould-Porter)
Ben Wrigley Ben Wrigley - Portobello Rd. Workman
Reginald Owen Reginald Owen - Gen. Teagler
Cyril Delevanti Cyril Delevanti - Elderly Farmer
Rick Traeger Rick Traeger - German Sergeant

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.

While Julie Andrews initially turned down the role of Miss Price, she eventually reconsidered, believing she owed her film career to the Disney studio and wanted to work there again. However, when she told the studio she changed her mind, Angela Lansbury had already accepted the part, having signed her contract for the role on Halloween of 1969.

This was the last Disney-branded film to receive an Academy Award until The Little Mermaid (1989). Ithers received nominations, and two Touchstone films, Raha värv (1986) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), received awards before that.

Many people in the film, both on and off screen, have actual connections to WWII. Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, and Robert Stevenson all emigrated to the US from the UK due to the outbreak of war. David Tomlinson served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. Robert B. Sherman served in the US Army, and was one of the first Allied soldiers to see the Dachau concentration camp. He used his time recuperating from a gunshot wound to the knee to learn about the English people and their culture. Manfred Lating and Fred Hellmich were native-born Germans who had lived under Nazi rule.

This is the last feature film that longtime Disney studio songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote songs for until The Tigger Movie (2000). They briefly returned in the early 1980s to write songs for EPCOT Center.

While the name of the King of Naboombu is given as Leo in the film, official merchandise guidebooks give his full name as "King Leonidas" (a named derived from lion) after the Spartan king who died at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

This was the last Disney film released while Roy O. Disney was still alive. He died a week after its US premiere.

The castle in the background of the town is real and situated in Dorset, England. Both the castle and the town where it resides are called Corfe Castle, where many Thomas Hardy adaptations have been filmed since.

The song "The Beautiful Briny Sea" was originally written for a sequence in Mary Poppins (1964) that was ultimately dropped.

Walt Disney bought the film rights to the two Mary Norton books in the early 1960s, around the same time as work on Mary Poppins (1964). When "Poppins" author P.L. Travers stonewalled on the movie rights negotiations to her books, most of the story development along with many of the songs for this film were written at this time. Had Travers not granted the film rights to her own books, Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) would have been made instead.

HIDDEN MICKEY: In the establishing shot of the animated soccer game, a bear wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt is in the crowd, on the right side of the picture.

Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote two songs that never made it past preproduction despite Richard's protests. The first, "The Fundamental Element," had Miss Price explain her kindly philosophy to the children after turning Charlie into a rabbit. The second was a Music Hall pastiche called "Solid Citizen," which Miss Price would have sung to distract King Leonidas and get the magic star; ultimately, the soccer game replaced it. Both of them went unheard until demos performed by Richard Sherman appeared on the CD soundtrack reissue. However, part of "The Fundamental Element" was incorporated into the "Don't Let Me Down" portion of "Eglantine."

Several of the dolls Carrie admires in the nursery of Prof. Brown's house are modeled after the international puppets in the Small World ride at Disneyland.

When Disney restored the film as closely as it could to the original cut, it found that not all the original audio tracks for the dialogue survived, requiring the use of ADR for a handful of scenes. Of the original cast, only Angela Lansbury and Roddy McDowall were able to return. Tessie O'Shea died shortly before ADR work began.

GOOFY HOLLER: heard during the soccer game when the king kicks the hyena.

Lennie Weinrib based his performance of King Leonidas on Robert Newton's performance as Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1950).

The opening credits sequence is an homage to the Bayeux Tapestry, a seamless linen cloth made in France during medieval times that tells the story of the Norman conquest of England.

Julie Andrews, Leslie Caron, Lynn Redgrave and Judy Carne were considered for the role of Miss Price before Angela Lansbury was cast.

Roddy McDowall is third in the cast list, but appears on screen for less than ten minutes.

The film premiered at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The Music Hall's Christmas stage show ran so long that film premieres had to run less than two hours. After much debate, Disney cut the film down to 117 minutes. After the same thing happened to The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), the Sherman brothers decided not to renew their contract with Disney. In 1995 Scott MacQueen, who headed Disney's restoration department, discovered that two of the cut songs, "With a Flair" and "A Step in the Right Direction", were still on the soundtrack album and quoted throughout the underscore. When he learned the extent of the film's edits, he persuaded Disney to reconstruct the longer cut. Sadly, the picture element of "A Step in the Right Direction" has yet to be located as of the present day.

Ron Moody and Peter Ustinov were considered for the role of Mr. Browne. Moody refused to do the film unless he was billed first, which the studio would not do.

The "Gypsy Switch" is the act of reaching inside the pocket of one's coat, grabbing contraband and switching it to another pocket on the other side of the coat.

Final film of Anthony Eustrel.

Final film of Reginald Owen.

According to the Laws of the Game, as authorized by the International Football Association Board, no goal should have been awarded during the soccer match. The referee would properly have stopped play at the point where the ball burst or became deflated (Law 2), if not earlier for substandard field surface or goalposts (Law 1), short-sidedness (Law 3), insufficient equipment (Law 4), severe injury (Law 5), advantage gained by being in an offside position (Law 11), or any of various fouls and misconduct (Law 12), including but not limited to: dangerous play, dissent, unsporting behavior, serious foul play, and leaving the field of play without permission.

During the final battle, the bottom half of a knight's armor (from the waist down) is seen with a German soldier apparently seated in the armor with his kicking legs sticking out in front. The actor playing the soldier actually did the walking while two electrically operated kicking special effects legs stuck out in front.

The armor in the climactic battle with the Nazis was authentic medieval armor, previously used in Camelot (1967) and El Cid (1961). When any item of armor was to be destroyed, exact fiberglass replicas were created and used.

The song "Nobody's Problems" was written with two sets of lyrics: one to be sung by the three orphans (which was never recorded or filmed) and the second version performed by Miss Price after Professor Browne leaves. Version 2 was recorded by Angela Lansbury to a piano track by Irwin Kostal, but was cut before the orchestra could be added. 25 years later, an orchestral track was finally added, and when the 25th Anniversary Special Edition premiered at the Academy Awards theater, "Nobody's Problems" received a standing ovation.

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It is unfortunate that this film receives such little comment, as compared to "Mary Poppins", for the simple fact that most people DO compare it to "Mary Poppins" amd really, it stands alone.

The story is quite original and well done. The actors are all wonderful, and Angela Lansbury, to me, will always be Miss Price. David Tomlinson is also wonderful as Professor Browne. The children are also great, with the standout being the youngest one, Paul. He has so many funny moments in this movie.

Again, the Sherman Brothers lend their creative song-writing talents to this film with excellent results. "The Age of Not Believing" is wonderful, as is "Eglantine", "The Beautiful Briny" and the superb "Portobello Road" number. The animation scenes are also great and imaginative.

This is certainly an enjoyable film on many counts, and should be remembered just as so many of the other Disney classics. It should also be seen in the recently restored version, which runs over two hours. The story is more fluent in that version, and the songs are intact, for the most part. A great movie.


This is one of the few films where I consider the film rendition to be an improvement on the original book. The story is clear, accessible, amusing and interesting and the musical numbers are without a doubt exceptional. I adored the cyclical rendition of 'The old home guard' and the charming 'Portobello Road', a great combination of early animation + real actors techniques which, though dated do not detract from the charm of the piece. The background of the Second World War worked well and was not omitted as the film got under way, which so often happens in 'evacuee' stories.

An often far too underrated film, it produces no end to enjoyment for people of all ages. The performances from the actors are exceptionally well done and the entire text is neatly tied together and well designed. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!


Bedknobs and Broomsticks is one of many movies that has always been with me, in my heart and memory from the time that I was old enough to focus my eyes on a television screen. Although it was already an "old" movie by the time I was able to watch it, Bedknobs and Broomsticks completely enchanted me. People here who say that the movie would not hold the attention of a young child are mistaken. I must have watched this movie dozens of times between the ages of 1 and 10 and every time I watched it all the way though, intensely engrossed through every scene. There are a handful of movies that hold very fond places in my childhood memories, this is one of them. It is a wonderful movie, and even now I still find the story charming. Angela Lansbury stars as Miss Price, a widow who is studying witchcraft through a correspondence course during World War II. She grumpily agrees to let three children board at her home in the country to keep them safe from the air raids going on in London. After the three children discover that Miss Price is an apprentice witch, they are swept up into a magical adventure on a traveling bed along with Miss Price and Professor Brown, the headmaster of the College of Witchcraft. The thing I like best about this movie, is that the magic never stops as the children along with the two adults journey to London, the Island of Naboomboo, Naboomboo Lagoon and Portabello Road. The children are treated to a marvelous adventure, flying through the skies on a bed, swimming underwater in a tropical lagoon, watching a football game played by animals and finally helping out in the war when Miss Price enchants a museum full of ancient suits of armor with the magic words, "Traguna, Macoities, Tracorum Satis De." The songs in the movie may be your typical musical-stock, but I challenge anyone to not tap their toes during "Portabello Road", or to not get "Englentine" stuck in their head. They just add another element of fun and enjoyment to an already delightful movie. The movie is well worth watching, and suitable for any child. Even today's children will find delight in the cartoon/human relations and the spectacular ending sequence were empty suits of armor are brought to life to fight for the good guys. I consider this movie a timeless classic that shouldn't be passed up.


Set during WWII, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a fun-filled fantasy adventure for kids, starring Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch who, with the help of three evacuee children and a 'Professor of Witchcraft', thwarts a Nazi invasion.

Brilliantly inventive, with loads of laughs, this movie will delight kids of all ages with its great characters, exciting story and catchy tunes. Lansbury is perfect as Eglantine, the not-quite-perfect witch who takes the three children on the adventure of a lifetime, and her three young co-stars (Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart and Ian Weighill) are equally impressive as the Cockney rascals who aid in battling the nasty Hun.

The special effects are somewhat dated, but let's face it, kids don't care too much about these things, so long as they are entertained. And entertained, they will be. With some impressive scenes which brilliantly mix live action and animation to great effect, and more genuine movie magic than a hundred Harry Potters, it would be hard not to enjoy this wonderful slice of cinematic escapism. In fact, only a rather drawn-out musical number set in Portobello Road mars the film's perfection, but with so much else to enjoy, that can easily be forgiven.

And besides, any film featuring UK television legend Bruce Forsyth as a 'Flash' Harry style spiv is guaranteed a good rating from me.


What can i say about a tale such as this? This magical tale has followed me from my early childhood,evoking warm memories in my heart.The characters take you to to so many whimsical places making you want more of each scene. For example in the market there were so many different flavors of lore. I loved the exotic dancers that accompanied the steel drums.

The story line was wonderful.I wanted so badly for Landsbury to decide to keep the precocious children and for her to also stay with Mr.Brown,and find the other half of the spell so that the men less armor could win the war.

I am still a child inside,and this movie appeals to my inner child like no other. This movie is my definite favorite of all times. I hope that all children will be able to watch this classic and be swept away,and transported into another time.


I saw this film many years ago and I thought it was pure magic. It was a lovely film full of escapism which could be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

The performances throughout the film by it's actors and actresses are magnificent. The songs are great and the special effects are lovely for it's time. The story is a beautiful one.

I love films like this and I last watched this film around 1986. As I said earlier, it is pure escapism-one of those beautiful films which whisks you away from real life problems into a lovely fantasy world. It is pure brilliance.

I would recommend this film to anyone but particularly to young children born after it was released-even today in 2002 it can be enjoyed.


I loved this masterpiece and quite frankly I, too found Mary Poppins (although I love Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke) to be silly and sacrine-sweet. Angela Lansbury plays her character to perfection and I don't know why people think of this film as distorted. It was magical and it was lots of fun to watch. Every scene held a certain charm as you got to know the characters better. You truly see how this little thrown together family learn to bond with each other, despite their age and differences. I thought the characters were well developed, especially Charles who was at "The Age of not Believing". Mary Poppins may be more popular and cherished by others but this little gem will be the one that I will always love and cherish.
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When I watched this movie for the first time I was 4 years old and I got fascinated by this story of witches in the 2nd World War. The scene, which impressed me the most, was the fight between the Nazi soldiers and the medieval army. It was exceptional to see this army without a body walk to fight the astonished singing their march. This movie is fantastic, from the trip to Portobello Road (which became to me the most fantastic place of London) to the journey to Naboomboo. Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson are really a fantastic couple. She is always great, it seems the good aunt of a family and David with his always astonished face is her great co-protagonist. we'll miss him a lot.


Bedknobs and Broomsticks is often compared to Mary Poppins and rightfully so as both films have a similar story line. A magical nanny is sent to look after children, both have the same leading protagonist (David Tomlinson,) both feature live film and animation, with songs by the Sherman brothers, and both came out of the Walt Disney studio.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks involves an apprentice witch who wants to complete her correspondence course in beginning witchcraft, but to do this, she has to search for a magical spell called Subsitutiary Locomotion which will complete her training. The story involves Angela Lansbury, playing the witch, who flies on a magical bed with Tomlinson and her three caretakers, to an animated land attempting to retrieve the spell. In addition, the film is set in World War II, where a mixture of live Nazi's and animated creatures both try to help and hinder Lansbury, Tomlinson, and the children on their adventures. The five characters control the bed through a magical bedknob that transports them from a reality world to a fantasy world and back again.

Years ago, I had a record that had the Songs From Bedknobs and Broomsticks on it and loved it! However, when I saw the film on Turner Classic Movies and later researched it, sadly I learned that this film, which could have been a classic, suffers badly because of editing and failed restoration work.

The original release of the film played in limited areas and ran about two and a half hours. Disney decided to make its first cuts to the film several months later when it went into wide release. The wide release version is what I saw on Turner Classic Movies. While this film was trimmed by over twenty minutes, most likely to cater to the shorter attention spans of children at the time of wide release, you can easily spot the edits. The Eglantine number is shortened, only a few words of With a Flair remain, The Old Home Guard seems to start in the middle of the second verse of the song, and the wonderful perhaps best song in the film "A Step in The Right Direction" is not there. However, you can hear the instances of the instrumental on the soundtrack.

In 1979, the film was re-released again and ludicrously cut even more to about ninety five minutes. For years this is what was played on Standard Cable and Broadcast TV. Only two songs remain in this version. In 1996, Disney attempted to reconstruct the film, but were successful only in spots. About twenty minutes of footage was found and added back into the movie. However, the song "A Step in the Right Direction" was mysteriously not found and remains "Lost." The audio track for the song was recovered, and you can hear this on the Special Edition DVD, with still shots from the film showing what the scenes looked like as the song was song.

However, the discarded footage soundtrack was not recoverable, because it had been damaged or lost. Many actors were too old or had passed away and could not re-do their speaking and singing parts, so Disney had to hire extras to dub their voices over the restored footage. The dubbing is horribly bad, especially for the voice-over of one of the children, Charlie, and the voice-over for David Tomlinson, sounds nothing like him! You would think Disney could have at least found actors with voices that resembled the tones, accents, and pitches of the original dialog. It is great that several songs were recovered, but without "Step in the Right Direction," restored back to the film, which is such an uplifting and encouraging song, and the terrible dubbing, the film will be a mixed bag.

Why Disney cut "Step in the Right Direction" is criminal! I think Disney should have taken more time to look for it when they did the film restoration project for the 1996 DVD. What SHOULD have been shortened is the animated soccer match, which remains a sequence that does not help the film at all. The "With A Flair" song, as well as "Eglantine" are at their full lengths on the restored DVD, as is the Portobello Road dance sequence. However, some critics feel that the extended version of Portobello Road is too long. The restored DVD has a new song called "Nobody's Problems For Me." My vote would be a choice of versions on a double-sided DVD for future release. Side 1 would contain the widespread DVD release that Turner Classic Movies plays. Side 2 would be the extended version, but WITH the originally undubbed dialog found and remastered with "A Step in the Right Direction" added in if it is ever found! The loss of "Step in the Right Direction" and the bad dubbing in the extended version hurts what could have been a great film. Bedknobs and Broomsticks has the important plot of searching for a missing spell. Tragically ironic that Disney took out bits and pieces of this film that may never be recovered. It is sad to think what this film could have been if the limited release had been LEFT ALONE!


Mary Poppins is definitely much better, but this is a lovely film nonetheless. Angela Lansbury is splendidly dotty as Engletine Price, and David Tomlinson has great fun as Mr. Brown. Their chemistry was just brilliant as well. The children, however just lacked the same sparkle, though Paul is very funny and cute. The songs were actually not as bad as some people say, "Beautiful Briny Sea" is the best, in fact all the songs are outstanding. The special effects were wonderful, that had plenty of magic, and the story is original enough. The highlights, though, like Mary Poppins, were the animated sequences. The underwater sequence was beautiful, but my favourite was the football match, which was absolutely hilarious. The only other criticism was that I didn't quite get the ending when I first saw it. All in all, a lovely film, that is hardly ever on. 8/10 Bethany Cox


This Disney piece has its great strengths in casting the great Angela Lansbury as apprentice witch Eglantine Price, in teaming live action with cartoon, and in some enjoyable special effects. The songs, by the Shermans, are in the main memorable - 'The Age of Not Believing', 'Portobello Road', 'Eglantine', and 'The Beautiful Briny'. Sterling support from David Tomlinson (who was also Mr Banks in 'Mary Poppins') and a trio of Cockney kids round off the movie.

Miss Price - who has a scene-stealing cat who can put across disdain and embarrassment better than any human! - finds that the 'spells' she has received from Mr Brown's college of witchcraft actually work, much to his amazement when she speeds down to London to tell him so (on a bed, naturally - that's where 'The Age of Not Believing' comes in with great charm). She takes in Charlie, Carrie and cute little Paul as evacuees and win them over with her magic dabbling. Her goal is to find the spell for locomotion and this takes them to the evocative flea market of Portobello Road and on to the magical island where the cartoon part of the movie kicks in.

The cartoons are inventive as always, although lacking the quality of the studio when Disney himself was in charge - there's a ballroom where the fish dance in various styles to a swing band and some jazzy singers (and are upstaged by the live action adults who win the dancing cup); then there is a great football match between creatures like hippos, elephants, ostriches, and the like with hapless Mr Brown as the referee. Special effects come into their own when inaminate objects start to have a life of their own (shades of 'Mary Poppins'), especially in the final sequences where an ancient army of knights and heralds take on the Nazis.

'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' drags at times but when it is in full flow, it is a lot of fun. Highly recommended for kids of all ages, and all those Disney devotees out there.


Delightful Disney film with Angela Lansbury in fine form as a middle age spinster whose interest turns to witchcraft in World War 11 England.

Lansbury was about age 51 at the time of the film and she is just ideal for the part. She is Jessica Fletcher again but this time it's for the benefit or children and for mother England during a time of great peril.

The film follows the adventures of Miss Price (Lansbury) and David Tomlinson as the professor of witchcraft in trying to obtain certain information on sorcery. Those 3 little darlings sent to live with Price to escape the London bombings are just wonderful in this enchanting film for all of us regardless of age.

Too bad that Tessie O'Shea, Roddy McDowall and Sam Jaffe are given so little to do in this endearing film.

I really thought of the Ben Stiller film-"Night at the Museum," at the end of the film when the relics come to life to do battle with the Nazi invasion in the small British coastal town.


I was lucky enough to catch this film finally on Turner Classic films tonight, as it is one of the films that won an Oscar (for special effects) in their yearly month of Oscar winning films.

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS is easily a sequel film for the earlier success of MARY POPPINS. That film too was a big success, and an Oscar winner (Best Actress for Julie Andrews). Like MARY POPPINS BEDKNOBS has David Tomlinson in it, in a role wherein he learns about parenting. It is a fine mixture of live action and animation. It is set in a past period of British history (if not the Edwardian - Georgian world of 1912 London, it is England's coastline during the "Dunkirk" Summer of 1940). It even has old Reginald Owen in it, here as a General in the Home Guard, whereas formerly he was Admiral Boom in MARY POPPINS. Ironically it was Owen's final role.

The Home Guard sequences (not too many in the film) reminds one of the British series DAD'S ARMY, dealing with the problems of the local home guard in the early years of the war. The period is also well suggested by the appearance of the three Rawlins children as war orphans from the bombings in the Blitz in London. And (in typical Disney fashion) in the musical number "Portobello Road" different members of the British Army (including soldiers from India and the Caribbean (complete with metal drums yet!)) appear with Scottish and local female auxiliaries in costume.

All of which, surprisingly, is a plus. But the biggest plus is that for Angela Lansbury, her performance as Eglantine Price is finally it: her sole real musical film lead. In a noteworthy acting career, Lansbury never got the real career musical role she deserved as Auntie Mame in the musical MAME that came out shortly after BEDKNOBS did. She had been in singing parts (in GASLIGHT with her brief UP IN A BALLOON BOYS, and in THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY with LITTLE YELLOW BIRD, and - best of all - in support and in conclusion of THE HARVEY GIRLS with the final reprise of ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA, AND THE SANTA FE). But only here does she play the female lead. So when you hear her singing with David Tomlinson you may be able to understand what we lost when she did not play Mame Dennis Burnside.

The rest of the cast is pretty good, Tomlinson here learning that he can rise to the occasion after a lifetime of relative failure. The three children (Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, and Ian Weighill) actually showing more interesting sides in their characters than their Edwardian predecessors in POPPINS (Weighill in particular, as something of a budding opportunist thinking of blackmailing Lansbury after finding out she is a witch). The only surprising waste (possibly due to cutting of scenes) is Roddy McDowall as the local vicar who is only in two sequences of the film. With his possible role as a disapproving foe of witchcraft he should have had a bigger part. Also of note is John Ericson, as the German officer who leads a raid at the conclusion of the film, only to find that he is facing something more powerful than he ever imagined in the British countryside, and Sam Jaffe as a competitor for the magic formula that Lansbury and Tomlinson are seeking.

As for the animation, the two sequences under the sea in a lagoon, and at the wildest soccer match ever drawn are well worth the view, with Tomlinson pulled into the latter as the referee, and getting pretty badly banged up in various charges and scrimmages. As I said it is a pretty fine sample of the Disney studio's best work.


This is a movie I had never even thought of seeing until my 3 year old spotted it at the video store and grabbed it after liking the cover picture of the animals on Nabooboo Island. We got it and have watched it repeatedly since; in fact we've rented it several times since. There are very few non-animated movies that my son will watch and pay attention to; what a nice change from Dumbo and the Little Mermaid. The acting is outstanding, the songs are compelling, they get deep into your head and you can't help but singing along. The storyline, while specifically about WW2 is timeless in it's own way and there is something new to see every time you watch. I've heard it compared to Mary Poppins, but I think they are two very different movies, both excellent, but somehow my son has no interest at all in Mary Poppins. This is one of those movies that kids will want to watch over and over again and one that parents won't mind complying with. There are days we watch it before nap time and bed time and I don't feel that groan coming that comes when he wants to repeat any other movie.



I had just watched the extended version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Though I did like the extended version, I wish they would have left the original version on the DVD.

The Portabello Road could have been cut down to the orginal length. It was too long and dragged the movie along. Though the dancing is great, would have been much better left on the DVD as a Deleted Scene.

All in all this is a great movie. My 5 year old liked it. And it is wonderful that movies that I enjoyed as a child are being passed on to a new generation. This and Mary Poppins are added to my collection.

Just as I had remembered!

*** out of ****
Simple fellow

Simple fellow

This movie has always been my favorit Disney movie. Then on 11/21/01 I saw the 30th aniversy of this movie DVD. WOW I remembered why I loved this movie. The DVD is So great, It has an extra 30 min that the original did not have. I did not know this when I first started watching. The movie made ever so much more since. The music they cut out should have been left in. You have not seen this movie until you have seen the Full 131 min version. A lot of people say that the music is forgettable. I remember every song in this movie by heart, every song has it's own Charm by it's self, and comes together as a hole. I remember when i was younger I had the "Eglantine" song stuck in my head for days at a time. As well as "Briny Sea" (that song was meant for marry poppens but was cut out of the film) Please Watch the new uncut 30th aniversy movie and re-vote for this movie. the 10 that it really is.


There's more charm to this Disney musical than has been given credit for, even though a huge fan base obviously exists for it. The film was overshadowed by the memory of Disney's previous big movie musical where another British actress (Julie Andrews) shot to super-stardom playing a nanny with extraordinary powers. Here, Angela Lansbury is a wanna be witch who ends up in charge of three kids against her will and assists the British in fighting the Krauts of World War I with the help of her own magic powers.

The same song-writing team of Robert and Richard Stevenson have created an equally engaging score, and I think it even tops the one for "Mary Poppins". Lansbury wins your heart immediately when she berates her cranky charges for being past that "Age of Not Believing" then takes them onto a magical journey into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and into a magical island with its own Lion King and a horde of eccentric soccer playing animals, all with the assistance of her witch professor phony David Tomlinson.

More eccentric than his disciplining father from "Mary Poppins", Tomlinson is more than welcomed back and a great co-star for Lansbury. He is hysterically funny in the partly animated soccer match where he is the referee and takes more than his share of abuse from this mythical animal kingdom. Fresh from her success as Broadway's "Mame" (with a few flops in between that have become cult classics thanks to her presence in them), Lansbury proves herself worthy of the movie musical, having been sadly dubbed most of the time when she was at MGM during their heyday.

There's a bit of a Harry Potter and "Wicked" feeling to this story with quite the influence of the late 60's/early 70's Broadway feel in the live-action musical numbers. The lyrics are cleverly difficult to sing along with and may have you laughing as you try, especially the final number where Lansbury gets her witchcraft right in aiding a museum filled with ancient war artifacts to take on the German army.

Another "Mary Poppins" veteran is back, Lansbury's old MGM co-star Reginald Owen, in one of his final appearances, and Roddy McDowall is amusingly effete as the British preacher who keeps popping in to check on the kiddies. Disney would obviously be influenced by this many years later when making their modern day musical classics such as "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast" (by casting Lansbury in a key role) and "The Lion King".


Fabulous, fantastic, probably Disney's best musical adventure. I have loved this film for over 35 years because it is so imaginative, clever and fun. Even despite the silly "flying bed" scenes, the other scenes and dialog are magical and funny. Could they have picked anyone better than Angela Lansbury to play Eglantine? I cannot think of anyone more suited to the role. Remaking this classic would be as stupid as remaking Mary Poppins.

David Tomlinson, though he had few quality movie roles, absolutely shines in this adventure. He was a comic genius who is often forgotten nowadays. Blustering, prim and proper Englishman -- nobody could really do slapstick and pull it off as gracefully as he does. It would be tragic to remake this film because Tomlinson has been deceased for a few years and nobody could step into his shoes and do his character justice.

The dancing nightgowns and armor have a magical aura about them that other movies with witches just don't capture. I particularly enjoy the parts where the Germans invade Eglantine's house and she must defend it in any way she can.

Bobbing along, bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny, sea. Richard and Robert Sherman outdid themselves on the musical numbers. All of them are fantastic and worth remembering, Portobello Road being one of my favorites.

A great film that still holds up today!!


This place in England during 1940. Three orphans (Carrie, Charles and Paul) are sent to live with Miss Price (Angela Lansbury). She doesn't want them but reluctantly takes them in. It seems she is studying to be a witch through a correspondence course with the College of Witchcraft. (OK--I realize this is a family film but--College of Witchcraft??? Come ON!!) Before she can finish the course though the college is closed because of the war (???) and she seeks down the head Professor Browne (David Tomlinson). And her and the kids travel around on a bed with the help of a magical bedknob.

I first saw this when I was 9 and vaguely remember loving it. It sure doesn't hold up as an adult! The story is silly (even for a fantasy), the kids are terrible actors and one of them (Charles) is incredibly obnoxious. Also Roddy McDowall is third billed and only appears in two short scenes! There's also a trip to the Isle of Naboombu which is run by animated animals. I thought that might be fun but the animation is poor (for Disney) and it has a very violent and far too long soccer game between the animals. There are a few saving graces here: Lansbury and Tomlinson are just great; the songs (while forgettable) are pleasant; the long dance sequence on Portobello Road is very colorful and full of energy and the Oscar-winning special effects are still pretty impressive at the end. But the weak story line, poor animation and unlikable kids really pull this one down. I heard the extended version is even worse! I can only give this a 7.


During WWII, three orphans are sent to Angela Lansbury's house in the country, to get them out of the cities for safety - the fun starts when they discover she's a witch, and that they can travel to anywhere they like by tapping a bedknob three times and turning it a quarter turn to the left...

It was going so well, until it gets to the Portobello Road sequence - and all of a sudden, these dancers keep coming, and coming, and coming... and they lost me. The 10/10 family entertainment had lost its magic. Many of the little pieces they cut out for the original theatrical release (it was twenty minutes too long) weren't necessary! They actually improved the running of the picture. The original release was perfect - its been majorly weakened by putting those little pieces back in (even though some of them are great fun - Roddy McDowell's scenes as the preacher, and some of the more cheeky/controversial lines the kids have in the 139 min restoration add an edge to it).

A terrific work of imagination, otherwise. Your kids will love it - and you can happily sit there watching it with them, without feeling it was made just for them.

The restored version: 7/10. The original theatrical release, 10/10. I think it should be considered "the" Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
Freaky Hook

Freaky Hook

Although haphazardly constructed (by what I suspect to be post-production editing to shorten the film's length), Disney's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is nearly an enjoyable showcase for star Angela Lansbury. This adaptation of Mary Norton's book, which the studio hoped would emulate their "Mary Poppins" (with a touch of "Oliver!" tossed in), incorporates animation into the live action à la "Poppins", but the film's messy structure, beleaguered narrative, poor songs and poor child actors hinder the results. Angela is in fine form playing a good-hearted apprentice witch in World War II England who helps defend her country against the invading Germans; her inherent persnickety charm is smoothed out here, and she's relaxed in a lower-key when its called for, even making some of the sugary songs tolerable. David Tomlinson (acting befuddled, like John McGiver's grandfather) is a weak love-interest for her however, and the orphans whom Angela takes in are the most cynical bunch of tots I've seen in some time (even after witnessing Lansbury's magic, they still can't register awe--only wisecracks). Angela has a good time, and the strong third act compensates for the overall fatigue. Badly photographed by Frank Phillips, who shoves all the images right smack up against his lens. ** from ****


This is an old fashioned, wonderfully fun children's movie with surely the most appealing novice witch ever. Unlike many modern stories which seem to revel in dark witchcraft, this is simply a magical tale of hocus pocus that is cute, light hearted, and charming.

The tale is set back in 1940 in the English village of Peppering Eye, where three Cockney children, Charlie, Carrie, & Paul Rollins, are being evacuated out of danger from World War II city air raids. They are mistakingly sent to live with Eglantine Price, who is studying by correspondence course to become an apprentice witch. Eglantine and the trio of children use a magic bed knob in order to travel to London on their flying bed. Here they encounter Emilius Browne, the fraudulent headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price sets about working on spells designed to bring inanimate objects to life. Meanwhile, they must also deal with a shady character called the Bookman and his associate, Swinburne.

Angela Lansbury is of course marvelously endearing as the eccentric witch in training, Miss Price. David Tomlinson plays Mr. Browne, headmaster of the defunct witchcraft school, who has now turned street magician. This actor was previously cast as the children's father in the movie Mary Poppins. In fact, this film is a tale quite reminiscent of the earlier Mary Poppins, both wonderful fantasy stories for children. Perhaps this movie doesn't have quite such memorable music as Chim-Chim-Cheree, but it does boast some appealing little tunes. Some have been critical, but the movie features excellent special effects. All in all, the story is enchanting family entertainment. It's a pity if modern children are too sophisticated for this lovely & bewitching tale, which should appeal to the child in all of us.


Bedknobs and Broomsticks remains one of my favourite childhood films and re watching it has only cemented this. This film never fails to disappoint.

Set in WWII era England, the movie centres around Englantine Price, an apprentice witch attempting to use her powers to end the war. Her plans are compromised when a) three children from London are forcibly relocated under her care and b) the London based college of witchcraft she corresponds with closes down before sending her the crucial spell she needs to end the war. The movie then follows her as she and the kids head to London to try to find her teacher Professor Emilius Brown and obtain that spell.

The movie bears a resemblance to it's 'predecessor' Mary Poppins (the use of life meets animation, Sherman Brothers soundtrack, David Tomlinson, the English setting), yet manages to remain unique, fresh and interesting. Angela Lansbury (a favourite of mine, growing up on 'Murder, She Wrote') plays Englantine flawlessly, as does David Tomlinson, and the on-screen chemistry between the duo adds to the magic of this film. Of the three children, Carrie (Cindy O'Callahan) is the most convincing character; the two boys aren't as convincing but are nonetheless passable.

The songs are of course brilliant (each and every one!) and very memorable. My personal favourite would have to be 'The Age of Not Believing'. Overall, definitely recommended to the (probably few) who have not yet seen this film.


I vaguely remember seeing bits of this film as a child and teenager, either in the film itself or in its trailer. Watching this in full for probably the first time today gave me the opportunity to write my first IMDb review of 2014 (the last review I wrote in 2013 was for 'Mary Poppins,' which this film has similar elements to) but most importantly to jot down some ideas for my written university assignment on how London has been portrayed in the history of film. Not a lot of this film takes place in or refers to London, just the children having evacuated from there and wanting to return, the Portobello Road scene and Professor Browne mentioning he used to play for Tottenham Hotspur, a popular London football team.

Over to the film itself. I liked the medieval-style opening credit sequence (because I recently researched medieval art as part of another university assignment) and some of it reminded me of the Bayeux Tapestry. The technicolor cinematography is just as vivid as that in 'Mary Poppins' and the special effects are decent; however the backgrounds shown during the first bed flight were a little on the garish side despite some impressive uses of scanimation. The incidental music has the same nostalgic feel as that in 'Mary Poppins' with some whimsical and authentic hints although some parts of it sounded a bit like one of the instrumental arrangements of 'Spoonful of Sugar.' My favourite songs here are 'Portobello Road' and 'The Beautiful Briny Sea,' which lyrically reminded me of 'Under the Sea' from 'The Little Mermaid.' The other songs were pleasant if not as memorable as the two I've already mentioned. I liked the animated segments. Although they had that typical sketchy look of Disney animations from the 1960s to the 1980s, I recognised parts of the underwater scene from when they accompanied 'The Codfish Ball,' a song from 'Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Little Mermaid,' alongside clips from the classic Silly Symphonies cartoon 'Merbabies.' While I'm not particularly a fan of football, the football match was comical in spite of its elephant-afraid-of-mouse cliché. Some of the dialogue was over-familiar but some of it was funny albeit Paul's line "It's got nothing to do with my knob'" being unintentionally funny and easy to misinterpret although he was actually referring to the magical bedknob. Angela Lansbury was charming and witty as Miss Price while David Tomlinson, who I recognised as Mr. Banks from 'Mary Poppins,' was more fun-loving than he was in said title and the children provided some amusement and adventure to the story. If I could point out any other flaws, these would be the German soldiers' dialogue not being entirely subtitled and the climax being overlong despite the creativity of army uniforms and suits of armour moving. While one reviewer found the ending hard to understand at first, I believe Paul wanted more adventures on bed to again escape from boredom and the war.

Although I have compared this to 'Mary Poppins' as did other reviewers, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the former but the animation, funny moments and music made this film worthwhile. 8/10.