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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973 film)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (released as: The Hideaways in Home video releases) is a 1973 American children's film based on E.L. Konigsburg's novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It tells the story of a girl and her brother who run away from home to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and discover what they think is a lost treasure. For home video releases, the film was retitled The Hideaways.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Hideaways DVD cover.jpg
Cover of the 2000 DVD release. For home video, the film is known as The Hideaways.
Directed byFielder Cook
Produced byCharles G. Mortimer Jr.
Written byBlanche Hanalis
E.L. Konigsburg (novel)
StarringIngrid Bergman
Sally Prager
Johnny Doran
Music byDonald Devor
CinematographyVictor J. Kemper
Edited byEric Albertson
Distributed byCinema 5
Release date
  • September¬†27,¬†1973¬†(1973-09-27) (U.S.)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States


The movie, following the plot of the book by the same name, starts with young teenager Claudia Kinkaid (Sally Prager) feeling unappreciated at her home in New Jersey, so she decides to run away, taking along her younger brother Jamie (Johnny Doran). They run away to New York City, and end up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They stay in the museum for several nights, sleeping in beds featured in the museum, hiding from museum guards, and bathing in the fountain. For money, they grab coins out of the bottom of the fountain and use them to get food out of the vending machine. Eventually, Claudia finds a statue of an angel she believes was carved by Michelangelo, so she decides to find the previous owner of the statue. This owner, named Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Ingrid Bergman), tells Claudia and Jamie that she will leave them the secret of the angel statue in her will if they give her a full account of their adventure.



IMDb gave the movie 6.2 out of 10, with a three star rating.[1]

Filming LocationsEdit

Filming locations included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York General Post Office, Macy's New York, and Erie Lackawanna Railway in New Jersey.

Specific Metropolitan Museum of Art galleries included: Gallery 507: Bedroom from the Palazzo Sagredo of Venice, Gallery 162: Currently Greek and Roman hall (but at time of filming was the restaurant), Gallery 153: Greek and Roman Hall, Gallery 305: Medieval Hall, Gallery 371: Arms and Armor, Gallery 206: Chinese Art, Egyptian Wing, British period rooms, and The Great Hall.

Other adaptationsEdit


According to IMDb, the movie is referenced in the film The Royal Tenenbaums.[2]

This movie was also mentioned in Season 1 Episode 3 of Mr. Robot.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "IMDb "From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ "IMDb "The Royal Tenenbaums"". Retrieved 19 March 2013.

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