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The Love of Three Oranges 

The vicar holds a charity bazaar, the proceeds going to luxuries for the troops. Godfrey tries to sell his home-made wine but people are getting drunk by tasting and not buying it. Mrs. ... See full summary »

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The vicar holds a charity bazaar, the proceeds going to luxuries for the troops. Godfrey tries to sell his home-made wine but people are getting drunk by tasting and not buying it. Mrs. Mainwaring fails to turn up after an accident with the bath enamel but donates some hideous lamp-shades she has made. Hodges contributes three oranges and Mainwaring is anxious to secure one for his wife but when Wilson gets Pike to buy it for the captain, the two end up bidding against each other and raising the price of the orange. Mainwaring finally buys it only to find it is a bitter orange, for marmalade-making. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | War

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26 December 1976 (UK)  »

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Slightly Pantomimic Episode of the Well-Loved Comedy
24 January 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This episode recreates the sense of community loyalty that kept many towns and villages going during wartime. The Walmington-on-Sea burghers decide to hold a bazaar to raise money for the troops. Everyone does their bit: Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) sells homemade wine and chutney, Jones (Clive Dunn) raffles a "monster brawn,", Hodges (Bill Pertwee) auctions three difficult-to-find oranges, and Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) puts some of his wife's eclectic lamp- shades on sale.

Inevitably there are farcical complications: the brawn gets run over by a motor-cycle, customers get drunk on Godfrey's wine without actually buying any; and Mainwaring's lampshades are sold as novelty hats. Mainwaring buys an orange for ten shillings to placate his wife, but gets more than he bargained for.

Perry and Croft's good-natured script ensures that no one really suffers, and that community loyalties are reinforced. The only jarring note comes at the beginning when the platoon go on parade dressed in a differing array of white snow-suits. The humor becomes rather pantomimic at the expense of Godfrey and Frazer (John Laurie) and seems really unnecessary at this point.


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