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'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'

What's so scary? The Child Catcher James Bond's daddy Ian Fleming wrote the original novel this musical fantasy was based on, but noted childhood nightmare-inducer Roald Dahl worked on the screenplay, cutting the bouncy plot with an icy dread in the form of the Child Catcher. Classically trained dancer Robert Helpmann imbued this child-hating government employee with a sense of movement and a way with words -- "Lolli-pops, children!" -- that's not easily forgotten.
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