Classic Film Review: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs-and-Broomsticks-screenshot-2You may know about my fondness for classic films. I have posted a couple of classic film reviews already. You may not know that if you put a song and dance in a classic film, I am equally fond of the outcome.

The world can seem a troubled and complex place. You may have a number of strategies to deal with difficult times. Among other strategies, I find watching a musical can help lift one’s spirit, especially the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Set in 1940 in England in the midst of the London blitz, Miss Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) has just about completed her correspondence course in witchcraft, in an attempt to do her bit for the war effort. However, she receives some rather disturbing news from (the dodgy) Professor Emelius Browne that the course is cancelled and that the final subject in substitutiary locomotion cannot be provided. With three child evacuees to manage, Miss Price sets off on a flying brass bed to secure the final spell. With plenty of singing, dancing (in Portobello Road), a finely animated soccer game (almost as entertaining as having to watch one of George’s EPL games) and some risk-taking in sensible heeled shoes, Miss Price is the perfect role model for the modern day gal who wants to save the world. There is no Voldemort or Deatheaters to contend with, only a real live Nazi invasion. With a witch who enjoys a low saturated fat plant-based diet, this film is definitely worth 5 stars.

And one of my favourite lines from the film:

Charlie Rawlins: No fried foods?

Eglentine Price: No.

Charlie Rawlins: How d’you keep your health?


Since seeing this film, my heart was set on having a magic bed with proper bedknobs (which was achieved in 2010).


I hope you find an appropriate moment to sing and/or dance to your hearts content while casting magic spells for happiness and peace.

Fond regards, Betty-Rose



2 responses

  1. Lily and Ben will remember Portobello Road, as they stayed nearby when in London. They also slept in a bed with bedknobs one year when we stayed in Luera. So this post brought back very happy memories – thank you.

    1. Thank you Mary, for sharing your happy memories.

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