There is to be a parade through Walmington-on-Sea to commemorate Spitfire Week and, after watching a newsreel, the platoon decide it would be a splendid idea to have a mascot. Private ...
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There is to be a parade through Walmington-on-Sea to commemorate Spitfire Week and, after watching a newsreel, the platoon decide it would be a splendid idea to have a mascot. Private Sponge farms sheep and the men try to catch his ram but it eludes them every time. Walker provides a goat but it is a skinny, pitiful creature which eats Mainwaring's five pound note. So there is no mascot for the parade, which turns into a race as the platoon, Hodges and his wardens, the verger and his Sea Scouts and the volunteer nurses all march faster and faster to be at the head of the procession until they all break into a run.Written by
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When rescuing Pike from the boggy ground, Captain Mainwaring orders his men to remove their trousers but does not do so himself. This was due to a special clause which Arthur Lowe had put into his contract, in which he refused to be seen on-screen without trousers. See more »
When chasing the ram, Pike says it reminds him of Gary Cooper in The Last of the Mohicans. Randolph Scott starred in that film, not Gary Cooper. See more »
Series Four of Dad's Army opens with a real classic, a fight between the Home Guard, ARP, and several other groups to head up a parade. Naturally all goes wrong, from the order of the pack, to the mascot. This contains one of the funniest sequences in Dad's Army that I can think of. The orderly march soon turns into chaos when Hodges tries to overtake Mainwaring's group, those sequences had me belly laughing. Walker's attempts to con Mainwaring out of a fiver are also great, the attempts to turn the Goat into an impressive creature are very funny, scenes I'm sure would never be allowed nowadays. It starts off in real style, and as always Jonesy's scenes with Mrs Fox are hilarious.
A classic, 9/10
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