I think there's a couple of Definitely Dunn episodes still left on i-player.
Although enjoyable, did anyone else find it a bit cobbled together as if...."we've got a few minutes to fill in here...you can sing 'Streets of London' in a fairly quick fashion..." I thought, "what has Ralph McTell got to do with a packed life that he said we didn't really have time to go into" (wartime etc.). Suppose we had to suffer 'Grandad' but I could have easily been satisfied with just a mention....
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 1, 2016 10:40:08 GMT 12
I think the series was based loosely on Clive's cabaret act,and yes as he was a well known variety actor it has a lot of variety in there, from jokes to stories to singing.
Personally I love the song Grandad, always have. It seems to be a British tradition to diss the song but I think it's really nice and nostalgic.
I also enjoyed his other songs in this series, particularly his renditions of My Old Dutch and Who Do You Think You're Kidding, Mr Hitler? It was also interesting to here his serious singing on that old 1950's record.
I managed to cobble together my audio recorder to record the last five episodes but I never managed to get episode one before it disappeared off the feed.Does anyone have a copy?
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 20, 2016 23:27:29 GMT 12
Some photos of Clive from the Getty picture library
With the cast of Bootsie and Snudge (Bill Fraser and Alfie Bass behind, and Robert Dorning and Patricia Clapton in the front with Clive
Boarding a BUA (British United Airways) plane a group of British comic actors. From l to r; Geoffrey Sumner (d1989), Alfie Bass (1921 - 1987), Bill Fraser (1908 - 1987) Michael Medwin, Clive Dunn, Robert Downing and Bernard Breslaw
Top of the Pops for "Grandad" in 1971
Bill Owen, (left), starred in the popular TV series Last of the Summer Wine, and Clive Dunn, (right), played Corporal Jones in Dad's Army with Neil Kinnock, Labour leader.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 19, 2016 21:41:39 GMT 12
The photo in this article from the Portugal News looks to be a very late appearance by Clive as Corporal Jones, I guess some sort of charity event appearance or some such in Portugal. It's neat that he was able to play Jones for so many decades.
Never noticed David Croft - well spotted Dave. Really should've seen that myself. In answer to your question, the package film was shot in 1948 and the sickness benefit trailer in 1950 according to archive details. The race meeting was 1973 and the Boat show 1974.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 19, 2017 0:20:26 GMT 12
From my Dad's Army Time line: 27th September 1973 - John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn attended the 15th Annual Variety Club of Great Britain Meeting, officially opened by the Queen Mother at the new look Sandown Park.
I listened to Hancock's half hour on youtube recently - mainly because I was surprised to see an episode of the Radio Ham in audio format. I'd only ever seen the TV version. At the tail end of the show I thought I heard the voice of Clive Dunn I did Google the information and our Clive did indeed appear on some episodes of the show. Specific episodes were not mentioned but it did seem like Clive's voice to me from the 23:30 minute mark onwards.