Dad's Army (1968–1977)
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The Captain's Car 

Captain George Mainwaring is delighted when widowed Lady Maltby offers his Home Guard platoon first choice, over Mr. Hodges's A.R.P. Wardens, for the use of her Rolls Royce while she can't ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jack Jones
John Laurie ... Pte. James Frazer
Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Charles Godfrey
Ian Lavender ... Pte. Frank Pike
Bill Pertwee ... Chief Warden Hodges
Talfryn Thomas ... Private Cheeseman
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Robert Raglan ... The Colonel
Eric Longworth Eric Longworth ... The Town Clerk
Fred McNaughton Fred McNaughton ... The Mayor
Mavis Pugh Mavis Pugh ... Lady Maltby
John Hart Dyke John Hart Dyke ... The French General


Captain George Mainwaring is delighted when widowed Lady Maltby offers his Home Guard platoon first choice, over Mr. Hodges's A.R.P. Wardens, for the use of her Rolls Royce while she can't get rationed petrol anyway. Its first appearance would be the high-profile visit of a French general who will pin up decorations. To jealous snob Mainwaring's green envy, his bright but unassertive sergeant Arthur Wilson, a warmly greeted relative of the lady who doesn't even notice his name or rank, is also asked by H.Q. to write and deliver the welcome speech for the general, as he alone masters French. To turn it into a proper staff car, the Rolls must be camouflaged; on the way to the paint shop the lady's driver runs out of petrol at the town hall, so he calls and Frank drags uncle Arthur along with petrol 'commandeered' from Hodges's sidecar. The captain believes them unable and sends the platoon to tow the Rolls; Frazer smells a profit in doing the paint job for less in his funeral ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | War


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As Frank and uncle Arthur are commandeering petrol from Hodges's sidecar you can see quite clearly that it wasn't their first attempt as the ground still has petrol stains from previous takes. See more »


Wilson: Sir? What would you do with a Rolls Royce?
Mainwaring: Well, I'd use it as my staff car.
Wilson: Well, a shiny and bright Rolls Royce like that. Wouldn't it look a bit untidy?
Mainwaring: How do you mean untidy?
Wilson: Well... Um... Well I suppose we could always sit you on a cushion.
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References Algiers (1938) See more »


La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Sung by the choir at the reception
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It's twins!
7 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Captain Mainwaring is lucky to receive a Rolls Royce from the wealthy Lady Maltby, keen to do her bit for the war effort, the fact that she knew Wilson incredibly well helped. The Platoon are offered Guard of Honour, to receive a French General and give a speech.

This is a very funny episode, absolutely outrageous, and great to see that Mainwaring has made a massive error, there's a very funny scene where Mainwaring realises the mistake, the best one coming at the end with the kisses. Funny as always to see Wilson get the upper hand over Mainwaring.

Mavis Pugh was great as Lady Maltby, she did a great line in aristocratic ladies, well known of course for You rang M'Lord.

I enjoyed this one. 8/10

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Release Date:

13 December 1974 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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