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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.


Jeffrey Dell


Jeffrey Dell




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


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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ghost | castle | aristocracy | haunting | See All (4) »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

13 November 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kummitus See more »

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Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pike: Last week he was caught red-handed taking a hare. And now there's some ridiculous legal quibble. And my lawyers say I can't prosecute because the animal was started on your side of the boundary.
Lord Chaunduyt: Sounds rather like splitting hairs, doesn't it?
Pike: It's no laughing matter.
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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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Another Delicious Discovery
4 December 2016 | by johndunbar-580-920543See all my reviews

For someone who knows so little about British films, I was delighted to learn more by watching it in the only place one might find it these days: You Tube. It's British humour and therefore one has to be awake to get the full benefit. The British routinely poke fun at themselves, especially their Xenophobia. When a passenger on a bus learns that the driver who drove so badly was a 'foreginer' and 'French' to boot, she simply replied "so there you are". I found the whole thing a delicious and at times an hysterically funny film. Add to that the inimitable British skill at character depiction and a cast of terrific actors to act them out and the result is quite impressive. It's also interesting to note the date of production (1944), Like the Americans, the Brits didn't make film about the War during it; they both preferred to laugh their way to Victory as much as possible. These great film greatly helped relieve the enormous personal stress of those enduring that horror. As Eleanor Roosevelt (if I remember correctly the author) said about the war on the home front: "keep 'em laffing "

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