Candleshoe – 1977 – English
Film directed in 1977 by Norman Tokar, and starring David Niven, Helen Hayes, Jodie Foster, Leo McKern, Veronica Quilligan, Michael Balfour, John Alderson, Ian Sharrock, Mildred Shay, Sydney Bromley…
Synopsis: Candleshoe hides a treasure and Harry Bundage wants to find it. But he needs to get a girl, Casey Brown, to pose as the heiress’s missing granddaughter. Both will try to fool everyone and keep the inheritance. Casey pretends to be Lady Siant Edmund’s granddaughter, but she soon realizes that life in the mansion is not what she expected…
Review: I’m not sure exactly why I love this film so much. It’s not like it has shockingly wonderful performances, story, or setting. But it never fails to warm my heart and make me smile.
Fans of Jodie Foster will recognize her as the young teenage star of this film. She plays Casey, a foster child and juvenile delinquent. A British con man recognizes her as being strikingly similar to a young heiress who disappeared years earlier and offers her anything she wants if she will pretend to be the missing girl. He is certain that there is a treasure hidden in the house of the girl’s grandmother, and he wants Casey to find it for him.
The story of how Casey becomes a part of this odd British family is heartwarming and sweet. It is classic Disney fare, without the pathetic romance that often destroys modern Disney films.
Watch this film if only for David Niven’s performance as the butler, gardener, grandmother’s best friend, and chauffeur.