First, Candleshoe the film was based on the 1953 novel, Christmas at Candleshoe, by Michael Innes, the pseudonym of Scotish author John Innes Mackintosh Stewart (1906–94). The 1977 film is caper about a hidden treasure inside an old mansion.
Hmmm. John’s 1978 book is about a hidden treasure in an old library – nothing earth-shattering there as hidden treasures have been hidden inside old things for years. It’s just that Wikipedia notes Stewart was an author and academic and if the clues from the movie were the same in the original book, then it sounds as if Stewart and Bellairs had a shared love of history and literature. Here are the clues from the film version of Candleshoe (and I haven’t read the book to know if there were used there, too):
- "For the sunrise student there is treasure among books."
- "The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
- "He followed the eclipse for riches and fame; and, if ye would prosper, do ye the same."
- "Underfoot, in the great hall. Look high, look low, discover all."
What do you think? Or maybe I should take Winterborn’s advice and “believe only half of what [I] read”?
- More: imdb.