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Dad's Army (1971)

G | | Comedy, War | September 1971 (USA)
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:
... Capt. Mainwaring
... Sgt. Wilson
... LCpl. Jones
... Pte. Frazer
... Pte. Walker
... Pte. Godfrey
... Pte. Pike
... Mrs. Pike
... Maj. Gen. Fullard
Derek Newark ... R.S.M.
... Hodges
... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Anthony Sagar ... Police Sergeant
Pat Coombs ... Mrs. Hall
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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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At last! Their epic story invades the Big Screen!

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Comedy | War

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Also Known As:

Daar komen de schutters  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Lowe had a clause written into his contract which stated that he would never appear without his trousers on. This is why Sgt. Wilson is leading the platoon during the platoon's changeover march (when the platoon change from civvies to uniform via their long-johns) instead of Captain Mainwaring. (Incidentally, this is also the reason why Jones gets the grenade down the trousers in the U Boat crew episode - it was originally going to be Captain Mainwaring). See more »

Goofs

When Mainwaring, Wilson, and Pike leave the bank to go to the radio shop to listen to the upcoming announcement, everyone, including Pike, have their packs with their gas masks. Mannering and Wilson do not have their gas mask packs. See more »

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Cpt. George Mainwaring: He's got a gun.
Sgt. Arthur Wilson: Yes I know, I can see that sir, yes.
Cpt. George Mainwaring: Well, I'm the officer.
Sgt. Arthur Wilson: Well of course you are sir, yes.
Cpt. George Mainwaring: I should have that.
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Connections

Referenced in Dad's Army: Women of Walmington (2016) See more »

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We'll Meet Again
(uncredited)
Sung by Vera Lynn
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Music by Ross Parker
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slightly disappointing
15 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps the TV show was just too good, or having the Germans land in Walmington was just too improbable. Whatever, this film version of the much-loved BBC classic doesn't quite work. Everyone in it is fine but it is less slapstick and silly than it was on the small screen, and suffers a bit in comparison. I do like the bit where the stuck up officer sails down river on a bit of broken bridge still sitting on his horse though, and the oil slick machine is pretty funny!


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