Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Robert Stevenson (1971)

112min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Directed by Robert Stevenson, this was a conscious effort on the part of Disney to repeat the success of Mary Poppins. Angela Lansbury is splendidly dotty as amateur witch Eglantine Price, but neither David Tomlinson nor the trio of cockney evacuees offer her much support. But then neither does the story, cobbled together from a couple of Mary Norton novels, in which the Nazi invasion of Britain is repelled by magic. The animated sequences are easily the highlights of the film, which now shows in full (for many years we had to make do with a 98-minute version that cut several of the Sherman brothers' songs).

Summary

A novice witch befriends three children and takes them on a series of magical journeys, including a visit to a land inhabited by cartoon animals, where they get involved in a decidedly one-sided football match against a spoilt lion king. Disney's part-animated musical fantasy, starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall and Sam Jaffe.

Cast & Crew

Eglantine Price Angela Lansbury
Emelius Browne David Tomlinson
Mr Jelk Roddy McDowall
Bookman Sam Jaffe
Colonel Heller John Ericson
Swinburne Bruce Forsyth
Paul Roy Snart
Carrie Cindy O'Callaghan
Charlie Ian Weighall
General Teagler Reginald Owen
Mrs Hobday Tessie O'Shea
Captain Greer Arthur E Gould-Porter
Street sweeper Ben Wrigley
Director Robert Stevenson
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Other Information

Language: English, German +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: The Walt Disney Company Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

Music Childrens Drama

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