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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Produced byBill Walsh
Screenplay byBill Walsh
Don DaGradi
Based onThe Magic Bed Knob &
Bonfires and Broomsticks
by Mary Norton
StarringAngela Lansbury
David Tomlinson
Ian Weighill
John Ericson
Cindy O'Callaghan
Roy Snart
Music bySongs:
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Irwin Kostal
CinematographyFrank V. Phillips
Edited byCotton Warburton
Distributed byBuena Vista Film Distribution Company
Release date
  • October 7, 1971 (1971-10-07) (United Kingdom)
  • December 13, 1971 (1971-12-13) (United States)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Budget$20 million
Box office$17,871,174[1]

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.[2][3]

The movie was made at Walt Disney Studios. The castle scenes were shot on location at Corfe Castle, Dorset, England, UK.[4]


  • 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:

  • 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:



  1. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  2. 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Cast & Crew'
  3. 'Bedknobs & Broomsticks' Turner Classic Movies Database
  4. IMDB Bedknobs and Broomsticks. December 2011

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