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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Produced by Bill Walsh
Screenplay by Bill Walsh
Don DaGradi
Starring Angela Lansbury
David Tomlinson
Ian Weighill
John Ericson
Cindy O'Callaghan
Roy Snart
Music by Songs:
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Irwin Kostal
Cinematography Frank V. Phillips
Editing by Cotton Warburton
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Film Distribution Company
Release date(s) October 7, 1971 (1971-10-07) (United Kingdom)
December 13, 1971 (1971-12-13) (United States)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $20 million
Money made $17,871,174

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical movie produced by Walt Disney Productions. It combines live action and animation. It was released in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based on the books The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks by English children's author Mary Norton.

The movie is often compared to Mary Poppins. It is also partly set in the streets of London. It shares some of the cast from Mary Poppins, a similar crew, the same songwriters and director.

The movie was made at Walt Disney Studios. The castle scenes were shot on location at Corfe Castle, Dorset, England, UK.


  • Angela Lansbury as Miss Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch.
  • David Tomlinson as Emelius Browne, Miss Price's former teacher and headmaster of Correspondence College of Witchcraft.
  • Roddy McDowall as Mr. Rowan Jelk, the local vicar
  • Sam Jaffe as Bookman, an antiquarian book merchant
  • John Ericson as Colonel Heller, leader of German invasion force.
  • Bruce Forsyth as Swinburne, Bookman's assistant

The Children:

  • Cindy O'Callaghan as Carrie
  • Roy Snart as Paul
  • Ian Weighill as Charlie
  • Tessie O'Shea as Mrs. Jessica Hobday
  • Arthur Gould-Porter as Captain Bill Ainsley Greer
  • Ben Wrigley as Portobello Road workman
  • Reginald Owen as Major General Sir Brian Teagler, leader of the Home Guard. This is Owen's last film before his death the next year.
  • Cyril Delevanti as Elderly farmer
  • Rick Traeger and Manfred Lating as German sergeants

The voices of:

  • Robert Holt as Codfish
  • Lennie Weinrib as Secretary Bird and Lion
  • Dal McKennon as Bear


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