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Don't Take It to Heart! (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 November 1944 (UK)
The castle ghost helps the lady and the lawyer beat off developers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Bird ...
Ghost / Arthur
Edward Rigby ...
Butler
Esma Cannon ...
Maid
Ivor Barnard ...
Bus-Driver
Patric Curwen ...
Smith (as Patrick Curwen)
Margaret Withers ...
Mrs. Smith
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Brefni O'Rorke ...
Lord Chaunduyt
Harry Fowler ...
Telegraph Boy
Alfred Drayton ...
Pike
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs Pike
Amy Veness ...
Cook
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Granfer
Joyce Barbour ...
Harriet
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Harry Bucket
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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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The village of Chaunduyt dates from the good old days when men were men and women were something the Lord of the Manor drove off along with your best-looking bullocks in settlement of your pay-as-you-earn tithe.

Untouched by the passing centuries, the historic home of the earls of Chaunduyt stands in the moonlight, a symbol of peace and security. See more »

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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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