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Don't Take It to Heart (1944)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Greene ...
Peter Hayward
David Horne ...
Sir Henry Wade, Prosecuting Counsel
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Lady Mary
Alfred Drayton ...
Joseph Pike
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Pike
Richard Bird ...
Ghost Arthur
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Harry Bucket
Claude Dampier ...
Loopy
Edward Rigby ...
Alfred Bucket
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Charles, Lord Chaunduyt
Moore Marriott ...
Granfer
...
Justices' Clerk
Ronald Squire ...
Music Lover at Ball
Joyce Barbour ...
Harriet
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Claude Bailey ...
Magistrate
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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 <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Romance

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13 November 1944 (UK)  »

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Kummitus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Charming British Comedy
26 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This picture deserves more publicity. It is a charming British comedy with a great sense of goofiness that the Brits used to do so well.

In it, our hero Richard Greene displays the wonderful charm we remember so well from his subsequent "Robin Hood" TV series. As the reluctant Lord (who secretly yearns for commoner vices), Brefni O'Rorke is delightfully wise, subtle, and droll. Even Ivor Barnard, in his brief cameo, is memorable as a French refugee bus driver. (Apparently, he apprenticed in a Parisian taxi.) And scattered throughout the film are many funny bits (such as rival lawyers continually attempting to one-up each other with earlier and more obscure citations.) Indeed, my only disappointment was over the ghost's role. More could have been done with him. Since sheep have a crucial role in the picture, for example, perhaps, as a sight gag, a ghostly encounter might have turned some black ones white. Also, the ghost's fate should somehow have been intertwined with that of the obnoxious plaintiff, who, after the trial, just seems to abruptly disappear, as if forgotten.


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