Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Candleshoe (1977 Movie)

“Candleshoe” is a live-action Disney film released in 1977. Directed by Norman Tokar, the movie is a charming adventure-comedy that combines mystery and treasure hunting.

The story revolves around a young girl named Casey Brown, played by Jodie Foster, who is a mischievous and clever orphan living in London. She gets involved in a plot to find a hidden treasure on an English estate called Candleshoe. The estate is believed to be the hiding place of a valuable pirate’s treasure.

Enter a woman named Lady St. Edmund, portrayed by Helen Hayes, who has spent her entire life maintaining the estate. When she is approached by an American con artist named Harry Bundage, played by Leo McKern, he convinces her that he knows the exact location of the hidden treasure on her property.

Harry Bundage hatches a plan to find the treasure by placing Casey at Candleshoe, pretending she is Lady St. Edmund’s long-lost granddaughter. Casey reluctantly agrees to the scheme, and soon she finds herself living at Candleshoe, interacting with the quirky and endearing staff, including a butler named Priory, played by David Niven.

As Casey begins her adventure at Candleshoe, she stumbles upon clues to the hidden treasure, and the story unfolds with a delightful mix of comedy, intrigue, and heartwarming moments. Throughout the film, Casey forms a bond with Lady St. Edmund and the staff, leading her to question whether her con-artist persona is the right path.

“Candleshoe” is a fun and entertaining film that showcases the talents of its young lead, Jodie Foster, who delivers a standout performance. The movie captures the essence of classic Disney adventure films with its engaging plot, memorable characters, and touching messages about family and friendship.

Overall, “Candleshoe” has earned a place among Disney’s live-action classics and remains a beloved film for audiences of all ages. Its clever story, endearing characters, and Jodie Foster’s spirited portrayal make it a delightful family-friendly adventure.

Additional Details


  • Jodie Foster: Casey Brown
  • David Niven: Priory
  • Helen Hayes: Lady St. Edmund
  • Leo McKern: Bundage
  • Veronica Quilligan: Cluny
  • Ian Sharrock: Peter
  • Sarah Tamakuni: Anna
  • David Samuels   – Bobby
  • John Alderson: Jenkins
  • Mildred Shay: Mrs. McCress
  • Michael Balfour: Mr. McCress
  • Sydney Bromley: Mr. Thresher
  • Michael Segal    – Train Guard
  • Vivian Pickles: Grimsworthy


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Ron Goodwin

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