Don't Panic

Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier in Dad's Army (1971)

With it seems inevitable that the German enemy will launch an attack on Britain the British Prime Minister puts through orders for volunteers to set up a Home Guard. In the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea the self important bank manager Mr. Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) decides to install himself as Captain of those who volunteer to become part of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard. When a visiting Major-General arrives to put them through their paces these old wannabee soldiers manage to bungle their way through each and every task. But when the Germans arrive and take the Mayor hostage in the church it is this ram shackle bunched of volunteers who in their own way will have to save the day.

I've mentioned this before; as a child born at the start of the 70s much of what I watched as a child was down to my parent's preferences and they always enjoyed British sitcoms. As such I was raised on "Dad's Army" and even now when I visit my parents they will often be watching re-runs of the show which are frequently shown on British TV. Now up until recently I never realised that between series they actually made a movie version yet as I watched "Dad's Army" the movie from 1971 I realised I had seen much of it before with such classic scenes such as Cpl. Jones and his converted van with a gas balloon on the top.

Liz Fraser and Ian Lavender in Dad's Army (1971)

The thing is that whether "Dad's Army" the movie ends up familiar or not it is still a lot of fun even now more than 40 years after it was made. The whole storyline about the Walmington-on-Sea volunteer home guard being formed is full of humour and even when you know what mishap scene is about to happen, such as one involving tents being steam rolled, it still manages to put a huge smile on your face. But unless you have never seen an episode of "Dad's Army" there isn't a great deal more to say although as a product of 1971 there are some politically incorrect elements which might shock some ears who watch this for the first time now.

What this all boils down to is that "Dad's Army" has the feel of several episodes of the classic British comedy woven together and as such it is a lot of fun for those who remember watching them back in the 70s or to be honest the numerous repeats of them which constantly appear on TV.

Tags: British TV Shows & Their Movies