The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2.

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When World War Two breaks out, the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea finds itself less than ably defended by the elderly and inept members of Captain Mainwaring's home guard unit. Put on manoeuvres by a visiting Major-General, Mainwaring's men manage to bungle one task after another. However, when a group of Germans from a scout plane take the Mayor hostage at the church hall, the clueless soldiers might still have a chance of saving the day! Written by Anonymous

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Alan Haines, Michael Knowles, Sam Kydd and Anthony Sagar also had guest roles in the TV series. See more »

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Mainwaring, Wilson and Pike leave their bank during their working day to visit a local radio shop in order to listen to Anthony Eden, the Secretary of State for War, announcing the formation of the LDV, later called the Home Guard. Eden's announcement was actually broadcast in the evening, after bank employees would have finished work. See more »

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Cpt. George Mainwaring: Wilson, find something for Jones to do will you.
Sgt. Arthur Wilson: Yes, alright sir, just leave it to me. Jones, would you mind please just going outside and lining the men up and just doing things with them.
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Spoofs Dracula (1931) See more »

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
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Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Music by Manning Sherwin
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"How can the stupid British ever hope to win?!"
6 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dad's Army is the feature film version of the hugely popular BBC television sitcom of the same name. Directed by Norman Cohen, it stars the familiar faces of Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley & Ian Lavender.

Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Dad's Army the series ran from 1968 to 1977, much loved due to its simplicity and warm humour involving the British Home Guard during world War II, a feature film version was inevitable. Sadly the makers were unoriginal with their approach and cheekily cashed in on the standing that the public had rightly put upon the show. For make no bones about it, this is a poor film not doing justice to the sharpness of the TV shows, in fact this is merely a collage of ideas used from earlier episodes in the show. The plot is very basic and the usually excellent cast are asked to trundle out a series of gags that had long since run their course.

Die hard fans of the show will still warm to the characters (how could they not since they are wonderful creations?), and those unaware of the actual TV show will quite possibly enjoy the film as an afternoon time filler with a cup of tea. But it's a lazy cash in and it's telling that no sequel was made to tarnish further what remains a classic bit of British television. Filmed between series three & four, the show (thankfully) would survive this blot and continue on an upward curve of quality and good time British humour. 3/10


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