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The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

G | | Family, Mystery, Fantasy | 1974 (USA)
A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the ... See full summary »

Director:

Lionel Jeffries

Writers:

Lionel Jeffries, Antonia Barber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Crowden ... Mr. Clutterbuck
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Allen
Benjamin Smith Benjamin Smith ... Benjamin
Stuart Lock Stuart Lock ... Thomas
Deddie Davies ... Meakin, Mrs. Wickens' Servant
David Lodge ... Mr. Wickens
Madeline Smith ... Bella
James Villiers ... Uncle Bertie
Diana Dors ... Mrs. Wickens the Housekeeper
Rosalyn Landor ... Sara Latimer
Marc Granger Marc Granger ... Georgie Latimer
Garry Miller Garry Miller ... Jamie Allen
Lynne Frederick ... Lucy Allen
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Blunden
Erik Chitty ... Mr. Claverton
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A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the housekeepers to a derelict country mansion in the charge of the solicitors. One day the children meet the spirits of two other children who died in the mansion nearly a hundred years previously. The children prepare a magic potion that allows them to travel backwards in time to the era of the ghost children. Will the children be able to help their new friends and what will happen to them if they do?? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Follow him into fun, fantasy & fright -- he's a time-traveling ghost who's often out of sight.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Laurence Naismith's final film before his death on June 5, 1992 at the age of 83. See more »

Goofs

Although the house is extremely derelict and overgrown and supposedly no one goes near it the lawns are neatly trimmed. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Blunden: They must not run away, Mrs. Wickens. Lock them up!
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The closing credits feature many of the characters waving goodbye to the audience, with an associated caption showing each actor's name. However the character names are never shown in the opening or closing credits. Only the very minor characters are given a conventional "actor / character" credit. See more »

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You can be a ghost, but you don't have to be dead.
31 May 2012 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The Amazing Mr. Blunden is directed by Lionel Jeffries who also adapts the screenplay from Antonia Barber's novel The Ghosts. It stars Lynne Frederick, Garry Miller, Rosalyn Landor, Marc Granger, Laurence Naismith, Diana Dors, Madeline Smith and James Villiers. Music is scored by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography by Gerry Fisher.

1918, London, England, and Mrs. Allen and her three children are visited on Christmas Eve by mysterious old solicitor Mr. Blunden. He offers them a way out of their impoverished surroundings in Camden Town. There's a housekeeping opportunity at a derelict country mansion called Langley Park, the place having been gutted by a major fire previously. There's a reason for the two eldest Allen children, Lucy and Jamie, being there, their help is needed....by child ghosts from 1818!

It has one of the worst posters ever made for a movie, a poster that hints at some guy called Blunden being some superman type magician! Which when coupled with the title of the film really sets up a bum steer for new viewers. To those in the know, the nostalgic Brits like myself, it's a lovely ghost/fantasy story about cross time redemption, resplendent in period flavours whilst operating from an intelligent script. The complex story is delicately crafted by director Jeffries (The Railway Children), this is never about scares, it's a Dickensian type drama that features ghosts of children clutching in the future for help in the past. Relationships are well formed, villains (Dors unrecognisable and immensely vile like) are afforded time to not be of the pantomime kind, and it all builds to a dramatic last quarter where sitting on the edge of your seat is a requisite. And then comes a moment to put warmth into the coldest of hearts.

A beautiful movie, directed and acted with appropriate skill from all involved. If you're looking for a family friendly period ghost story, this is for you. 8/10


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