Bedknobs and Broomsticks

  • U
  • Robert Stevenson (1971)
  • US (SUB)
  • 112 min
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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).

Plot Summary

Part-animated musical fantasy starring Angela Lansbury. During the Second World War, three children are evacuated to the coast to escape the Blitz. To their dismay, they are sent to live with the eccentric Eglantine Price. But their opinion of her changes when they discover Eglantine is a witch and her powers can take them to fantastic worlds.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Robert Stevenson

Other Information

Language: 
English, German +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
The Walt Disney Company Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Categories
Childrens
Music
Drama