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'''''Candleshoe''''' was a Disney live action film from [[TheSeventies 1977]], directed by Norman Tokar and based on a book by Michael Innes, a.k.a. J. I. M. Stewart.

Fourteen-year-old JodieFoster, already with "Oscar-nominated" attached to her name thanks to ''TaxiDriver'', is Casey Brown, a street smart juvenile delinquent living in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. One day, she is discovered by con man Harry Bundage (Leo [=McKern=]), who realizes that she is the perfect double for the long-lost granddaughter of Lady Gwendolyn St. Edmund (Helen Hayes). Bundage thus brings Casey with him to England to meet Lady St. Edmund, whom she successfully fools. You see, Lady St. Edmund's old manor house Candleshoe is alleged to contain a hidden treasure and Bundage, along with his partner-in-crime Clara Grimsworthy (Vivian Pickles), need someone on the inside to go through the LinkedListClueMethodology.

But after joining the household, Casey discovers a terrible truth. Lady St. Edmund is an ImpoverishedPatrician and doesn't even know it. Her only servant left is the butler, Priory (David Niven), who pretends to be all the rest of the household staff by being a MasterOfDisguise. A group of local orphans taken in by the Lady (Veronica Quilligan, Ian Sharrock, Sarah Tamakuni, David Samuels) do most of the upkeep on the house and keep Candleshoe in the black by selling food grown on the estate at the local market. Of course, Casey couldn't care less about any of this and is only concerned with finding the treasure... [[CharacterDevelopment at least for awhile anyway]].
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!!Tropes Associated With This Film Include:

* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: The group does the usual "toss the villains out and move the furniture to block the door" stunt, only to have the baddies reappear through the open door at the opposite end of the room.
* ActorAllusion: The plot is rather similar to ''Anastasia'' (the 1956 Creator/IngridBergman version, which would later inspire [[{{WesternAnimation/Anastasia}} the Don Bluth film]]). Helen Hayes played the grandmother in both films.
* AllStarCast: Not the entire cast, but it's amusing to note that the three main stars (Jodie Foster, David Niven, and Helen Hayes) are all Oscar winners. (Foster was only nominated at the time, but she would later win twice.)
* BecomingTheMask: Casey
* BrickJoke: Casey originally agrees to help Bundage in exchange for ten percent of the treasure and a red Ferrari. Later, while she's recovering in the hospital, Casey is looking at a car catalog with a red Ferrari on the cover.
* BrokenBird: Casey
* CatFight: Casey has one with the other girls at the manor, complete with the RuleOfPool (it's actually a lake in this case) being obeyed. There's also an AllAsiansKnowMartialArts moment, courtesy of the younger Asian-looking girl, which is cued by the [[RegionalRiff stereotypical "Oriental riff"]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: Look at the castle in the picture on the right side of this page. Yeah, Candleshoe looks nothing like that in the actual film.
* ChekhovsGag: Near the beginning of the film, there's a brief joke about the Great Hall floor being slippery. At the end of the climax, Casey uses this to defeat the villains.
* DefenestrateAndBerate
* DrivingADesk: Used when Bundage is driving Casey to Candleshoe for the first time. When they get onto the actual property of the manor, the interior shots of the car change to being real, making the fakeness of the earlier shots all the more obvious.
* FakeBrit: Helen Hayes as Lady St. Edmund
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Bundage's gang of crooks at the end of the film are exactly as competent as you'd expect a gang of crooks to be in a Disney film.
* GenreSavvy
* GrandeDame: Lady St. Edmund
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Listen, Miss Clever Dick!" "Clever dick" is a British expression meaning roughly the same thing as "smart alec".
* HiddenInPlainSight
* HollywoodDarkness: Some day-for-night filming is used in the scene when [[spoiler:Bundage steals the tax money]].
* IChooseToStay
* ImpoverishedPatrician
* LandPoor
* LinkedListClueMethodology
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* OldRetainer: Priory
* RiddleForTheAges: The ending leaves one wondering, [[spoiler:is Casey actually the girl she pretended to be?]]
** Given that[[spoiler: Margaret was allergic to strawberries, and Casey clearly was not, almost certainly not.]]
*** On the other hand, it wouldn't be the first time [[spoiler:someone outgrew childhood allergies]]...
* {{Superdickery}}: The original advertising seemed intent on portraying Casey in the worst possible light. Consider the {{Tagline}}, "For 10% of the action and a red Ferrari, she'd con her own grandmother." Apart from the curiosity factor, this is probably an attempt by Disney to [[WereStillRelevantDammit seem "cool"]] in the midst of the 1970s AntiHero trend. To be fair, this approach avoids giving away the ending, not that it'll be a huge surprise to anyone who's seen a Disney movie before.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: One of many films in which the plot only works because [[TropeBreaker DNA testing]] wasn't invented yet.
* TrashTheSet: Candleshoe in the climax