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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.
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Anna. It's even signaled by [[RegionalRiff stereotypical "Oriental riff"]]. Casey even says [[GenreSavvy "You gotta be kidding"]] just before Anna takes her out with a kung-fu chop.
* 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).
* 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.
** During the opening credits, Casey uses a similar trick to trip up a rival gang of kids in L.A.
* 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.
* 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: The final clue [[spoiler: leads to the statue of Captain St. Edmund in the great hall--the first thing Casey sees at Candleshoe]]
* HollywoodDarkness: Some day-for-night filming is used in the scene when [[spoiler:Bundage steals the tax money]].
* IChooseToStay: Casey, after some coaxing. Also could apply to Priory, who remains with Candleshoe after all the other servants must be dismissed, even though he has to do all the work on a butler's wages.
* IdenticalStranger / PrinceAndPauper: Casey is not only the correct age to play Margaret, but has several critical identifying scars.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Lady St. Edmund
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Casey.
* LandPoor: Lady St. Edmund has nothing left of value except for her estate.
* LinkedListClueMethodology: The four clues that lead to the treasure.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Lady St. Edmund knew all along that Priory was pretending to be the rest of the help.
* 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.
* TrashTheSet: Candleshoe in the climax
* WigDressAccent: How Priory fakes the rest of Candleshoe's staff. At one point when Lady St. Edmund fires one of his alter egos, Priory (as himself) begs her not to, on the grounds that he would "be very hard to replace."