Bedknobs & Broomsticks

With the kids last night we watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It has been years since I’ve seen it. But again, I just loved it.

I won’t give a full movie review — but I have to mention the lingerie I spotted, right?

Angela Lansbury is the apprentice witch, Eglantine Price, who must get that last lesson of Professor Emelius Browne’s in order to protect her town from possible Nazi invasion. This last spell is for Substitutionary Locomotion, making inanimate objects move on their own.

Once the spell is found Price tests it with Mr. Browne’s shoes — only to have more clothing join in the fun, creating a cute dance number. (Apparently this spell only affects garments or things worn, because no books or furniture etc moved.)

Because this is a Disney film, Miss Price has a modest nightgown, most assuredly flannel if not cotton. Since the film was made in 1971, it also wouldn’t do for the single, past-childbearing-age woman to have anything remotely feminine that did not wreak of ‘spinster’.

I am a bit surprised they (Disney) let Mr Browne dance with the nightie — it was such a floozy, asking a man to dance!

Because the story takes place in the 40’s, Price has stockings. Apparently the war didn’t affect her stockings, even if Mr. Browne’s socks had holes, because the stockings seemed rather solid.

Too solid in fact.

I must note that there’s no way those stockings were worn by Angela Lansbury — they are too large/thick. It seems that the stockings and other items from this scene were Bob Baker Marionettes. (Which explains a lot to me anyway.) Anyway, note that the stockings are about as non-sexy as it can get. I know it’s Disney, but even a true stocking fetishist would have difficulty with these.

At the end of the scene, the local pastor (played by Roddy McDowall) is ‘greeted’ by that floozy — Price’s animated nightgown. He hits the ground in shock & fear — presumably the ‘ghostly’ movements, but likely he’s just as scared of ladies intimates. Price scoops up her intimate apparel and huffs back inside her house. It’s the last we see of Pastor Jelk.

And that’s “Lingerie In Bedknobs & Broomsticks”, y’all ;)

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