Many kids were traumatized by the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You might be surprised to learn about the actor behind that iconic villain.
The Child Catcher: Traumatizing Generations of Kids
I grew up in a time when we had few TV channels. So when I was in elementary school, all kids pretty much watched the same shows and movies on TV. And the next morning, we’d talk about the shows we’d seen.
The morning after the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang played on prime time TV, kids talked about how much the Child Catcher scared them.
Even I knew better than to tell the other kids, “Well actually, the book was better, and the Child Catcher wasn’t in the book.”
And though he wasn’t in the book, the Child Catcher still freaked me out.
A Quick History of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Movie
This movie is also remembered for its troubled production. While it made about $8 million, it cost least $10 million to make. So it lost money.
We didn’t know this when we watched the movie as kids. Nor would we have cared. Hordes of children watched this movie over the years and came to love it.
The Child Catcher
But nobody likes the Child Catcher! We love to hate him. With a name like that, how could you not? That name alone made us shudder.