“Bed Knobs and Broomsticks” is a Disney filler that was between their heyday and the modern day socially acceptable cartoons. It looks like they peppered this film with their bevy of out of work actors and some flat cartoons also tossing in some obscure dancers.
The basic story is an overlap of the few simple stories. The main thread is of an apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) wanting to learn a locomotion spell that should turn the war (World War II England) into a rout. Overlapping this is that she must take in displaced kids from the war-torn city. On top of this she becomes enamored of a street peddler (David Tomlinson) pretending to be a wizard's institution. They confront a nefarious bookseller (Sam Jaffee). Sam does a great job at being quasi-evil; you may remember him from “Ben-Hur” and “Shangri-La”.
After all the which seems to be hours of obscure dancing and songs that kids would never get in 1 million years and grownups would find boring. The film finally gets about 10 minutes worth of action in the end. The action is slapstick but fun.