After a surreal lecture on telling allied parachutists from German ones, the platoon is ordered to pick up a stranded U-boot's crew. Wilson feels live hand-grenades are too dangerous for his hot-head mates and acts accordingly. As HQ's armed escort is late, the Kriegsmarine captain can first play mind-games by drafting a reckoning 'list', then take Hodges hostage. Written by
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Welsh actor Philip Madoc
was an accomplished linguist and was cast as the U-boat captain because Jimmy Perry
wanted somebody who spoke fluent German for the part. See more
You, old man - you take off your belt and undo ze back of your tunic.
I beg your pardon!
Do as I tell you - remove your belt. And just to make sure, captain, that your behaviour is correct, zis old man will march in front of me.
[During this exchange, the U-Boat captain ties a piece of string to a hand grenade and then inserts it down the trousers of Lance Corporal Jones
And one false move from you, and I pull zee string!
Oh, don't make any false moves, Mr Mainwaring. And don't make any real ...
Whistle While You Work
Music by Frank Churchill
and lyrics by Larry Morey
Heard as a theme at the start of some scenes
sings a parody of this song to the Germans See more