Classic children's ghost story, adapted by Lionel Jeffries from Antonia Barber's The Ghosts
In Camden Town, 1918, Mrs. Allen and her three children, Lucy, James and baby Benjamin, are met by the mysterious Mr. Blunden, a kindly but mysterious old man who offers them a caretaker's job at a burnt-down old mansion. Upon their arrival, Lucy and James encounter two children, around their own age, who may or may not be ghosts. And just what do they have to do with the mysterious, and amazing, Mr. Blunden?
This story provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Mrs. Wickens, Bertie.
- Amoral Attorney: The original Mr. Blunden.
- Arc Words: "We three Kings of Orient Are..."
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Blunden and Bertie in the original timeline.
- Brainless Beauty: Bella Wickens.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted, Georgie refuses to test the potentially poisonous potion on Mrs Wickenses' cat because it hasnt done them any harm.
- The Danza: Benjamin Smith playing the baby Benjamin.
- Dead Person Conversation
- Disappeared Dad: Mr. Allen has died during the war sometime before the story, as have Sara and Georgie's parents.
- Dumb Muscle: Mr. Wickens.
- Establishing Character Moment: The Wickenses, Mr. Wickens' mental problem is soon set-up when a patron of the pub taps on a glass (reminding him of the boxing bell) whilst Mrs Wickens reigns him in with a few sharp punches.
- Ghostly Goals: Sara and Georgie want to escape from their evil guardians whilst Mr Blunden wants to make it up for allowing the children to die in the first place.
- Handsome Lech: Bertie.
- Haunted House: Although one of the "ghosts" doesn't realise they're dead...
- Heel-Face Turn: Mr. Blunden has spent the past 100 years attempting this.
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- Clutterbug, Bertie, Bella and Blunden have all appeared in the James Bond series.
- Mr Blunden also appeared in the musical version of Scrooge, where he also frequently referred to younger people as "my dears".
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Sara would later play the Blue Fairy in Kingdom Hearts.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mr. Blunden dies to save Georgie and Jamie.
- Invisibleto Adults: All the ghosts. Bella can see them as apparitions because she has the mind of a child.
- Karmic Death: The Wickenses die in their attempt to kill the children.
- Large Ham: Mrs Wickens.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Pensieve Flashback: Most of the finale.
- Playing Against Type: Looking at Mrs. Wickens, you wouldn't know that Diana Dors was once called "the English Marilyn Monroe".
- Psychopathic Manchild: Poor Mr. Wickens. He's not evil by nature, but brain damaged from his days as the wrestler "Wrecker" Wickens.
- The Scrooge: The original Mr. Blunden.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- Stable Time Loop: By saving the children in the past, Lucy and Jamie unwittingly save their own ancestors.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Mr. Blunden's good at these.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Wickenses, oh so much.