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Don't Take It to Heart (1944)

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The castle ghost helps the lady and the lawyer beat off developers.



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Credited cast:
Richard Greene ...
Peter Hayward
David Horne ...
Sir Henry Wade, Prosecuting Counsel
Lady Mary
Alfred Drayton ...
Joseph Pike
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Pike
Richard Bird ...
Ghost Arthur
Wylie Watson ...
Harry Bucket
Claude Dampier ...
Edward Rigby ...
Alfred Bucket
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Charles, Lord Chaunduyt
Moore Marriott ...
Ernest Thesiger ...
Justices' Clerk
Ronald Squire ...
Music Lover at Ball
Joyce Barbour ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Bailey ...


A stray World War Two bomb releases the ghost of the 3rd Earl of Chaunduyt after 400 years. A visiting professor, while wooing the beautiful Lady Mary, daughter of the present Earl, finds him an ally in his fight on behalf of the villagers to protect their ancient rights against a meddling newcomer. Written by Ian Harries <>

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Comedy | Romance


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13 November 1944 (UK)  »

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Don't Take It to Heart  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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British silliness
1 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Peter Hayward (Richard Greene) leads the villagers in the town of Chaunduyt (pronounced "Condwit") against a landowner, Mr Pike (Alfred Drayton), who refuses to allow animals onto his land and wants to plough up the cricket pitch. Peter is helped by a ghost (Richard Bird) who has been released from the walls of a stately home after it has been hit by a German bomb. Hey, it might be a British bomb, after all, we now know that in every war it seems traditional to kill your own troops in some way. The film climaxes with a court scene and a surprise revelation.

I was hoping for a good ghost story but it is far from that. Unfortunately, this is another example of British silliness. The ghost as played by Richard Bird is hardly in the film and when he does appear, he is portrayed as a friendly buffoon. Another buffoon who I suspect was meant to court sympathy was the "Butler" as portrayed by Edward Rigby. We have tedious sections at the beginning of the film where every time he moves around the stately home, he is accompanied by comedy music. I found him irritating. There are some funny touches, eg, the fact that everyone in the village has the same name due to inbreeding throughout the years (a hot topic especially with the royal family) and this film gives us the original dilemma over the pronunciation of the surname "Bucket"...... or is that "Bouquet"?

If you like silly British nonsense, then you will enjoy this film. It's not a catastrophe but it is a disappointment.

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