Candleshoe (1977)

Based on the Michael Innes novel Christmas at Candleshoe, this live action Disney movie is all about con artist Harry Bundage, who is looking for lost pirate treasure inside Candleshoe, the country estate of Lady St. Edmund (Helen Hayes in her last role). He gets street-smart American orphan Casey Brown (Jodie Foster) to pretend that she’s the rich lady’s granddaughter, who has been missing since she was four years old. The estate is actually barely holding on, except that its lone servant Priory (David Niven) and four foster kids have been hustling to pay the bills. Of course, our heroine will figure out that she really belongs at Candleshoe and stay in England, but the treasure hunt is still pretty fun.

Director Norman Tokar made plenty of Disney movies like The Happiest MillionaireThe Ugly DachsundThe Apple Dumpling Gang The Cat from Space and No DepositNo Return, which also has Niven in the film).

Foster passed up Pretty Baby to make this movie, only getting a few days off after finishing Freaky Friday.

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