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Ring Dem Bells 

The Walmington on Sea Home Guard is excited to be selected to 'act' in a army film, but when it becomes clear they'll play Nazis and how unkind the camera could be, captain Mainwaring ... See full summary »


David Croft (uncredited)


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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
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... the Landlord
Robert Raglan ... the Colonel
Felix Bowness Felix Bowness ... the Special Constable
John Bardon ... Harold Forster
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Queenie Beal
Janet Mahoney Janet Mahoney ... the Barmaid


The Walmington on Sea Home Guard is excited to be selected to 'act' in a army film, but when it becomes clear they'll play Nazis and how unkind the camera could be, captain Mainwaring refuses 'patriotically' to participate; Frank and Arthur are chosen as German officers. The whole 'cast' is to travel in Jones's butchery van on a hot day, only to be told their scenes are delayed. Against orders, they leave in costume for drinks in a bar, where the landlord is convinced they are enemy troops and informs the warden, who passes the panic message on to the police and the local Home Guard headquarters in church, where he finds only vicar and verger, who help him ring the bells as invasion alert... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | War


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In the final scene, Chief Warden Hodges, the Vicar and the Verger are hanging from bell ropes, but the top of the suspension harness and suspension wires are clearly visible, See more »


Pike: [dressed in a German officer's uniform and speaking with a German accent] Schwein hund, you have five seconds to tell us your plans or it is - kaput!
[back to English]
Pike: I like being an officer, don't you, Uncle Arthur?
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References Under Two Flags (1936) See more »

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Ring Dem Bells
10 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Home Guard are going to be movie actors and are ever so excited. It turns out that they are just going to be background extras and they will be playing Nazis. Captain Mainwaring wants no part of it. Pike and Sgt Wilson will be playing Nazi officers and Pike really has got into the part.

However when they arrive at the shooting location, they learn that filming has been delayed for several days. As the men are hot and bothered in Corporal Jones van, they stop off at a local pub for some drinks still wearing the Nazi uniform.

The pub landlord is shocked that Britain has been invaded by the Germans and calls out for help.

A fun episode livened up by Jack Haig as the pub landlord. Ian Lavender has fun parodying a Nazi officer. You can sense how this episode was going to go as soon as the men arrive wearing the German uniforms.

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Release Date:

5 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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