Never seen a definitive list, but possibly something worth pursuing - depends on spare time. I have in the past googled a couple of films Pike mentioned just to see If they were actual films or just something in his imagination.
Could be an interesting project for someone, alongside the items Walker sells over the series, the number of occasions the Captain’s hat and glasses are knocked off, Jones’ realms of fantasy suggestions - the list is endless!
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 19, 2020 23:04:48 GMT 12
This just in from Robert Mitchell:
Pte Frank Pike's film references. I'm up to 27, here's 5 to be going on with:
1. Never found 'Escape From Stalag 9'.? Perhaps paying a cheeky homage to classic, The Great Escape 1963, Danny's (Charles Bronson) tunnel was beneath the stove. There was ESCAPE 1940 with Conrad Veidt who Uncle Arthur mentions, but a concentration camp escape not a POW.
2. Pike insist it's Edward G Robinson in Scarface 1932, in 2 episodes, but corrects it to Paul Muni in the Deadly Attachment.
3. In a Soldier's Farewell he does a good impression of Charles Boyer from Conquest 1937.
4. He describes Knights of Madness, as just like Robin Hood, the Adventure of, 1938.
5. He states he saw a normal size Noel Coward in, In Which We Serve 1942.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 20, 2020 9:04:46 GMT 12
16. I'll play my part like Ronald Coleman in Under Two Flags 1936, I might even grow a moustache.
17. I saw it in Each Dawn I Die 1939, with James Cagney & George Raft.
18. It's just like Beau Geste 1939, Gary Cooper or Ronald Coleman, Beau Geste 1926.
19. Pike is corrected for once, 'Saw this done in the film Raffles, with Errol Flynn'. 'As a matter of fact it was Ronald Coleman', Raffles 1930. Surprisingly, neither mentioned 1939 David Niven version.
20. Wipes his foresight like Gary Cooper in Sergeant York 1941.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 22, 2020 23:04:39 GMT 12
Here is the last lot from Robert:
21. Uncle Arthur plays the piano, like Anton Walbrook in Dangerous Moonlight 1941.
22. He says Robert Donat & Jean Arthur (should've been Parker) took a castle from Scotland to California, The Ghost Goes West 1935.
23. The Vicar convincing James Cagney to go to the chair a coward, was Pat O'Brien, Angels with Dirty Faces 1938, not Spencer Tracy, he was the vicar with Mickey Rooney in, Boys Town 1938.
24. Pike recalls Walter Abel as an amnesiac, misremembers it starring favourite actress Joan Blondell & called 'Man in the Shadows'. Actual title, Two in the Dark 1936, with Margot Grahame. Joan Blondell was in Central Park 1932.
25. Frank quotes same film in 2 separate episodes, One of Our Aircraft is Missing 1942, with Eric Portman & of course GOOGIE WITHERS.!
26. He mentions they had a time switch in, The Phantom Light 1935 with Gordon Harker.
27. Attempted to announce his engagement just like Zasu Pitts & Jack Oakie, who were in 3 films together, but no announcements were made.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 22, 2020 23:15:34 GMT 12
Does anyone have any others?
I will add Godfrey's film reference, in Sgt Wilson's Little Secret, where he is wearing a lei of flowers, and said he got the idea from the film South of Pago Pago which he and his sister had seen. He claims Dorothy Lamour and Victor Mature were in it. They are not in that film though. Victor McGlaglan is the lead in that.
In the radio version however Godfrey is wearing a flowered sash that was inspired by the film Her Jungle Love. Again he claims Dorothy Lamour and Victor Mature were in it, and this time he's right about Lamour, but Mature is not in it. The leading man is Ray Milland. So he was as bad as Pike.
I have asked Robert if he'll consider posting all his findings here.
I don't think Croft & Perry reseached the music that well, I know in Hi-De-Hi a few songs were not written in the time period shown , I saw one epipde recently which said ' Summer 1960' in which Spike was saying skiffle was the lastest thing when by 1960 is was over...