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Candleshoe is the story of an American street kid, Casey Brown (a young Jodie Foster) who joins with con man Harry Bundage (Leo McKern) to convince the wealthy Lady St. Edmund (Helen Hayes) that she is her long-lost granddaughter. Her mission: to worm her way into the household and find a missing fortune. Protecting Lady St. Edmund is her longtime servant Priory (David Niven) and three English kids who already call Candleshoe home. As it becomes evident that Candleshoe is a poor estate and Lady St. Edmund grows to love her, Casey's loyalties are thrown into chaos.
Jodie Foster displays her already considerable talent in her portrayal of Casey, making this Disney's most touching of the caper movies of the 1970's. Adults will appreciate Helen Hayes, David Niven, and Leo McKern, who is wonderfully villainous in this family movie with lots of action but little violence.
Banner performances are found here from Helen Hayes, David Niven, and the young Jodie Foster. Hayes is great in her old age, and there is already visible in Ms. Foster the greatness she will achieve later on. David Niven is extraordinarily versatile (doing work every bit on the caliber of Peter Sellers).
The plot is engaging, as a con-man and his hench-persons try to ferret out the location of an old pirate treasure, only to be repeatedly foiled by the much weaker "good guys." Though I will not reveal the ending (except perhaps to hint that the butler may NOT have done it), that ending is truly satisfying.
This is a film for folks of all ages.
As Lady St. Edmund's granddaughter and only living relative disappeared at birth, Harry finds a waif with a past to pass off as the granddaughter. He and his girlfriend, Grimsworthy, instructs her on the family history and then takes her to grandmum.
The estate has fallen on hard times and become a foster home for a group of orphans. They take care of the tours and hold events to raise money to cover the operating costs. When all else fails, they sell an antique. The estate is run a by the family butler, Priory, who poses as the family chauffer, the family gardener and Colonel Dennis.
When here is nothing left to sell, they cannot pay the taxes and the county is about to foreclose. Of course, Casey finds the treasure and saves the day.
In the early 70's studios would not release major films during the summer, so Disney made low budget films specifically aimed at school kids on vacation. This was one of the last of these "summer" films.
Jodie Foster would go on to make great films but she got her feet wet at Disney making four films. This and Freaky Friday showed her potential.
Helen Hayes was a major star in 20's and 30's and had a resurgence after winning her second Oscar in 1970 for Airport. But she wanted to make family oriented films and found a haven at Disney and a new generation found her irresistible. This is probably her best Disney performance.
David Niven was a star in virtually every decade from his debut in the 30's until his death in 1981.Read more ›
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It has been a classic favorite in our family! Well worth watchingPublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
A child of the streets is offered an opportunity to pretend to be the lost grandchild of a wealthy woman in order to steal her fortune. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect@@ I loved Jodie Foster as a child.in this and the story
with David Niven and Helen Hayes elevated the whole story into something you could watch over and over again.
Great mystery comedy with Jodie Foster back when she did family friendly stuff instead of the vulgar junk of today. This is a wholesome story filled with a treasure hunt. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JM
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