Actress Angela Lansbury attends the inaugural Robert Osborne Celebration of Classic Film event at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, October 7, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
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Bedknobs And Broomsticks Let Angela Lansbury Give One Of Her Most Enjoyable Performances
The 1971 Robert Stevenson film "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" often gets unfairly maligned as a lesser "Mary Poppins," but that's a huge disservice to the performance of the late, great Angela Lansbury. Lansbury's Miss Price taught children how to survive whatever the world could possibly throw at them.
The movie takes place in 1940, during the Battle of Britain where three children are evacuated from London to the nearby countryside, where they are put into the care of Miss Price, an eccentric recluse who would rather mind her own business on her oddball estate. Lansbury approaches Miss Price with a carefree, yet adventurous, attitude that makes her immediately lovable.
There are some moments in the film that have aged strangely, but for the most part, it's a joyous celebration of imagination as a way to escape tyranny and sadness. The songs, while forgettable, are pitch-perfectly performed by Landsbury and are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. If you haven't seen this odd little gem, go check it out on Disney+.