From the annals of wartime Britain come four episodes with
Captain Mainwaring's Home Guard, ever ready to strike terror
into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea.
Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team
is at its incompetent best in this quartet of adventures.
So join Walmington's finest and discover the reason why Mainwaring's
men attempt to look younger, what happens when a staff car
gets donated to the war effort, why Jones feels the need to
set the record straight concerning the past, and the consequences
of Jones accidentally shooting a turkey...
decides that older members of the Home Guard should be transferred
to the ARP, to be replaced by younger men. The older members
of the Walmington-on-Sea platoon become paranoid and go to
great lengths to make themselves look younger...
Young and Beautiful sees
the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard desperate to appear younger
than they are. This involves most of the lads wearing corsets
and Captain George Mainwaring goes to the trouble of buying
a wig. Eventually undertaker Pvt James Frazer is given the
task of making the platoon look years younger - if he can
make the dead appear younger, then why not the living?
this episode doesn't transfer to radio as well as it should
have. A lot of the gags are really visual - such as Mainwaring's
wig coming off when he removes his cap. But, having said that,
this is still enjoyable piece of comedy.
The platoon are selected to provide a guard of honour for
a visiting French general. When Lady Maltby donates her Rolls
Royce to the war effort, Mainwaring decides that it would
make an ideal staff car...
sees Mainwaring desperate to ensure that he gets Lady Maltby's
Rolls Royce. Totally impractical and of no real use to the
war aid, Mainwaring has put the head warden's nose out of
joint, as Lady Maltby was going to give the car to the wardens
until Mainwaring talked her around.
it's not long before Mainwaring's mob are getting into deep
trouble in front of those higher up the food chain. While
not laugh-out-loud funny, this episode has it's moments and
is certainly worth listening to.
An old soldier named George Clarke, who served in the Sudan
with Jones, joins the platoon. He tells everyone that Jones
left him to die in the desert. When Jones starts to receive
anonymous letters accusing him of cowardice, he decides that
it's time to put the record straight.
Two and a Half Feathers starts
with LCpl. Jack Jones regaling his platoon with the story
of how he bravely fought off the other side in the historic
Battle of Omdurman in 1898, under Kitchener of Khartoum. But
when a new recruit, called Clarke, joins Mainwaring's platoon
he lets everyone know that Jones is not the war hero that
he claims to be. Far from it - he tells them all that Jones's
is actually a coward. When Jones gets wind of Clarke's acquisitions
he makes his mind up to set the record straight once and for
ending to this episode doesn't work too well and it sounds
as though the audience had to be forced to jump in and cheer.
But this is certainly one of the better episodes in this collection.
accidentally shoot a turkey and the owner can't be traced,
so the platoon decide to use it to give the local pensioners
a turkey dinner...
the funniest episode in this collection, and the only one
that comes close to capturing the essence of the TV series.
The opening, where the platoon slowly explain to Mainwaring
how the Turkey was killed, has some of the best comic timing
in this collection. Also, some of the cameo roles at the pensioners
turkey dinner are extremely amusing.
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