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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Beck ...
Liz Fraser ...
Bernard Archard ...
Maj. Gen. Fullard
Derek Newark ...
Edward Sinclair ...
Anthony Sagar ...
Police Sergeant
Pat Coombs ...
Mrs. Hall


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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Release Date:

September 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daar komen de schutters  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(archive footage in opening scenes)| (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During World War 2 counterfeiting was extensive in Britain. The Germans planned to flood the British economy with counterfeit money to wreck the British economy. Most of counterfeit money were made by prisoners of war (POW), who were artists. See more »


During the roadblock scene, cars contemporary with the year the film was made can be seen parked at the end of the street. The closest one is covered with a tarpaulin to disguise the fact it's "modern". See more »


Maj. Gen. Fullard: [Realises that Mainwaring is in charge of the platoon] Good heavens - it's that damm bank clerk!
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Who Do You Think You're Kidding, Mr. Hitler
Words by Jimmy Perry
Music by Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner
Sung by Bud Flanagan
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Often when TV series are transferred to the big screen, they lose their appeal. Not in this case! The historical accuracy in costumes, equipment and general art direction, like the TV series, is outstanding. A good example of comedy and farce, with excellent script and comedy actors in the right parts. Based on a classic TV series that stands alone in British TV Comedy history.

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