On this day in 1971, Disney's feature Bedknobs and Broomsticks was generally released in U.S. theaters. A musical mixing live-action and animation, it was based upon the books The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks, by Mary Norton.
The film follows an apprentice witch named Eglantine Price (played by Angela Lansbury), three Cockney war orphans, and an illusionist conman (played by David Tomlinson) who travel on a magic bed across war-torn England and beyond, encountering various inhabitants of London, football-playing cartoon animals, and Nazi invaders.
The movie features the song "The Age of Not Believing" written by Robert and Richard Sherman.
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