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'''Bedknobs and Broomsticks''', 1971 Walt Disney movie <table><tr><td>Starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Price, David Tomlinson as Professor Emelius Browne, [[Roddy McDowell]] as the Priest and three unknown young actors as the children Carrie, Charles and Paul Rollins. During WWII, children from London are being evacuated, and assigned temporary quarters with villagers. Miss Eglintine Price (Angela Lansbury) a slightly eccentric lady, has a large home in a county village, where she lives alone and so she is assigned, by the postmistress the three orphans, Carrie, Charles and Paul Rollins. The village priest (Roddy McDowell) has an interest in Miss Price, but possibly more-so in her wealth. The postmistress doesn't appear to like him. Watch it on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM5kqyXW2mE Part 1] </td><td>http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518NPRYDKVL._SL500_AA240_.jpg<br> Buy it [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6301390725/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=6301390725 on VHS], or [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004R9A4/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00004R9A4 DVD].</td></tr></table> The children tell Miss Price about how their only guardian, their aunt, was recently killed in a bombing raid. Their supper that night is a rather unusual assortment of "witchy" sounding foods. That might be because Miss Price has a secret. She has been studying witchcraft through a correspondence course, and already has a black cat as her "familiar". Now she has just gotten her first broomstick. Watch it on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwlURm5O-8s&feature=related Part 2]. After a few false starts, Miss Price goes on her maiden flight. Meanwhile the children have decided to run away, back to London. They accidently spy Miss Price flying about, and the eldest thinks he might be able to blackmail her. He pushes her too far however, and she turns him into a white rabbit. Since she is only an apprentice, the spell wears off quickly. They make an arrangement and seal it with a gift of an enchanted bedknob, that can make you travel anywhere you want to go, on a magic bed. Watch it on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCyUci8jkxE&NR=1 Part 3]. Now the priest shows up wanting to pay a call on Miss Price, but she shuts him out. She is more interested in going to London to see Professor Brown, for her final spell. She must go immediately, so they will use the traveling bed. Now Miss Price sings! Then Miss Price and the three children all go flying in the magic bed to London. Watch it on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S4Y-zoXHZU&feature=related Part 4]. They appear in London, in an alley, as it turns out that Professor Emelius Browne is a humbug, doing magicians tricks in the streets, never realizing that the magic he has been sending to Miss Price is actually working. Now he sings as he does various tricks. He declines to give her the last spell, and so she changes him into a rabbit for a few seconds. He is amazed but delighted to have met a real witch, able to use his spells which don't work for him. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwwRsgQEr5k&feature=related Part 5]. They then all go, on the bed, to "his townhouse", which really belongs to someone else who has temporarily abandoned it because there is an un-exploded shell in the front yard. Here they have dinner and Paul finds the cartoon-book ''The Isle of Naboombu''. The Professor tries to convince Miss Price to join him on the theatrical stage. He sings again, while she hunts around trying to find that "old book" from which he got the spells he sent her. Professor Brown acts so flippant, singing and dancing her about, that she again turns him into a white rabbit. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrVbNYnkcbU&feature=related Part 6]. They finally find the book and it's titled ''The Spells of Astoroth''. But the end of the book, which she thinks has her missing spell of '''substitury locomotion''' is missing! Now to find the missing half of the book they go to Portobello Road where all the '''vendors of rare treasures''' are, including booksellers. While she hunts around the vendors for the book, the Professor sings and plays piano, and there's a great deal of dancing about by various people. Mostly quite silly. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWw_6XG1OOE&feature=related Part 7]. There's a bunch more dancing about. The vendors all close-up shop and then the sinister-looking fellow pulls a knife on our group. They are ordered to go see "The Bookman". He, it turns out, has the other half of the book, but when they exchange their halves they discover the magical spell is not actually '''in''' the book. But the book tells that the spell is on a magical '''Star of Astoroth''' which is missing. Astoroth it turns out kept animals, which eventually rebelled against him, took a ship and sailed to the Isle of Naboombu, evidently taking the star-medallion with them. The Bookman threatens Paul to try to get him to give-up this book, but instead they all escape on the traveling bed. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNSyicS-xgk&feature=related Part 8]. Now our party arrives on the Isle of Naboombu. Or rather they plunge into the lagoon next to it. For this part of the movie, everything except them is now rendered as cartoon. Now underwater, but able to breathe it anyway, they meet a talking cartoon-fish. Now we get another song from the Professor. And a lot of antics from cartoon sea-creatures. And then Miss Price and the Professor dance together again, and win a trophy. A big hook comes down, grabs the bed and pulls the whole group to the surface. The fisherman turns out to be a talking cartoon-bear. They insist that they have to see the King, who turns out to be a cartoon-lion in a very bad temper. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2BrvZN2z9E&feature=related Part 9]. The King is royally upset because the soccer match cannot take place that day, because there is no referee. Professor Brown volunteers. As they talk, he notices that the star medallion is on a ribbon around this king's neck. Then begins a rather one-sided soccer match one team being composed of nasty, aggressive, toothy animals, and the other side, being meek, gentle animals. As the game proceeds, we learn that the lack of referees is because of the physical abuse they take from both sides. (The medics are cartoon vultures.) The ball is punctured and goes flying off. The Lion very upset, lets out a roar which knocks all the other players into the goal, the ball floats down and he blows it into the goal as well. So his side wins 1 to nothing. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS1WGujDEIY&feature=related Part 10]. While the Professor is helping the King on with his robe, the Professor pulls a switch exchanging his referee's whistle for the King's medallion star, which he hands behind his back to Miss Price. Our group then hurries back to the bed, while the Lion just realizes that the star is missing. He rushes after them, but Miss Price turns him into a white rabbit. They then return to her country home, where she wishes to experiment with the spell by casting it on the Professor's empty shoes. But the star with the magic words on it has vanished. The Professor now goes for provisions at the village, where the postmistress pries and tries to give him a push to marry Miss Price. At this time the priest walks in, overhearing the end of this exchange, and is jealous. The postmistress takes some glee in needling the priest about it. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRssvnIQOlI&feature=related Part 11].
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