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Ahh, Childhood Memories
on 31 May 2006
I remember watching this film with my little brother, as kids, and loving it. The next time it was on our t.v. dad videoed it for us and we watched it over and over again. How we'd laugh when my brother would put on a creepy voice and say "If it be a natural thing, where do it come from? Where do it go?" And to this day I can't pass an old fashioned tea urn without asking if "they've tea urned the gas on". Our dad told us that, as a kid himself, he went to see the film at the local cinema and that for weeks afterwards all his mates at school were quoting it.
So imagine my delight at finding it on DVD. That old video tape was getting pretty worn out. O.K. Arthur Askey's humour is a little distracting, but the actual story is a belter. When the ghost train makes it's appearance it's pretty scary stuff. This plot has been done numerous times, but this is by far the best version. And what a surprise to find that it was written by Arnold Ridley, none other than Private Godfrey from Dads Army!