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 ...
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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
When Jones van is being driven up the road, Pike, dressed as a German officer, is seen standing in the roof hatch. As the vehicle approaches the camera position, he taps his right hand quite forcefully on the van roof. This is clearly a signal to Captain Mainwaring (driving) when to stop. See more »
[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]
I like being an officer, don't you, Uncle Arthur?
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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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