Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Angela Lansbury
Director: Robert Stevenson Cast: Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
, David Tomlinson
David Tomlinson
, Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
Robert Stevenson

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Mary Poppins -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as central characters, and the inclusion of sequences that combine animation and live-action. Set in wartime England, Bedknobs stars Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price, a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly acquired conjuring powers to forestall a Nazi invasion. Saddled with three surly kids who've been evacuated from London, Lansbury wins over her charges by performing various and sundry feats of magic. And, yes, she manages to foil a few Germans along the way. The film's most famous episode is an elaborate undersea fantasy, which combines animation with live-action on a gargantuan scale, dwarfing all previous Disney sequences along these lines.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2014
UPC: 0786936839173
Original Release: 1971
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1AB
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:57:00

Special Features

Music magic: the Sherman brothers: behind-the-scenes featurette - the Sherman Brothers songwriting team, Angela Lansbury and Scott MacQueen share stories on the making of the film; Five enchanting deleted and extended songs: including deleted song "A Step in the Right Direction"; Eight magical deleted and extended scenes; And much, much more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Lansbury Eglantine Price
David Tomlinson Emelius Browne
Roddy McDowall Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe Bookman
John Ericson Col. Heller
Ian Weighall Charlie
Bruce Forsyth Swinburne
Cindy O'Callaghan Carrie
Reginald Owen Gen. Teagler
Cyril Delevanti German Sergeant
Hank Worden Militiaman
Roy Smart Paul
Tessie O'Shea Mrs. Hobday
Arthur E. Gould-Porter Capt. Greer
Ben Wrigley Street Sweeper
Rick Traeger German Sergeant
Manfred Lating German Sergeant
John Orchard Vendor
Robert Holt Codfish
Lennie Weinrib Secretary Bird/Lion
Richard Peel Vendor (uncredited)
Irwin Kostal Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Don DaGradi Screenwriter
Peter Ellenshaw Art Director
Chris Hibler Asst. Director
Ward Kimball Animator
Irwin Kostal Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Lee Special Effects
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Alan Maley Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Donald McKayle Choreography
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Art Stevens Animator
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Cotton Warburton Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
1. Opening Credits/"The Old Home Guard"
2. Meeting the Children
3. Apprentice Witch
4. Casting Spells
5. Magic/"The Age of Not Believing"
6. Professor Emelius Browne
7. The Book/"Eglantine"
8. "Portobello Road"
9. The Bookman
10. Isle of Naboombu/"The Beautiful Briny"
11. No People Allowed
12. Royal Soccer Match
13. "Substitutiary Locomotion"
14. Turn of Events
15. Invasion
16. To the Rescue
17. Sound the Advance
18. The End

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