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This has been bugging me for more than half a century. I remember as a kid at the cinema seeing a trailer for a film with lots of Bang-Bang and involving trains and Mexican federales in khaki uniforms. I really wanted to see it. But it turned out to be an X Certificate and there was no way I could pass for 18, not by a long chalk. I felt at the time that they shouldn’t show trailers for films that many of the audience were not allowed to see. Injustice. A few years later I came across a spoof of The Wild Bunch in Mad Magazine. I recognised it as the film I had unjustly been denied. Over the past few days we’ve worked out that the film which was preceded by the Wild Bunch trailer was probably Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now I understand that The Wild Bunch is pretty violent at times. But what kind of lunatic film censor would believe that it would traumatise a young kid more than the Childcatcher scenes in CCBB? That guy is made for childhood nightmares. He still creeps me out.

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