Now I think about it, even I'm not that slobbish to have loads of banana skins loafing around on the floor, but maybe the true circumstances will never be widely revealed.
I know it's a James Beck thread, but as we're talking about someone who had connections with him, here's another thread with loads of pictures that seem to intertwine...for instance if you click on to 'The Fen Street Gang' episode 'Should Auld Acquaintance' then that leads onto Pamela Cundall and loads of other faces that you knew.
I could possibly be still viewing in a couple of hours, but will stop for the time being....
Just listened to a couple of episodes of The Motorway Men , just noticed that the sig tune is the same as The Big Business Lark which starred Jimmy Edwards and Frank Thornton and was broadcast 2 years before, rather strange , They were both produced by the same person Alistair Scott-Johnston..
I always like the way that Jimmy as Walker really seemed to enjoy the role. Often when others such as Clive are speaking and delivering very funny lines you see Jimmy beside them laughing heartily. I'm sure it wasn't all just "in character", I think he really found it very funny.
I've always found that to be very sweet and added the cheer to the comedy. Sometimes I think it's because he's about to deliver lines, but he always pays so much attention to what is going on. I was watching The King was in his Counting House, and there was one point where Mainwaring was waking up Wilson, and I saw that Beck was the only one to pause from his money counting to watch what was going on. I half expected him to shout a line or something, but towards the end of Mainwaring and Wilson's little conversation he went back to counting again. Then he started paying attention because he was Walker and he knew where to get some transport, but somehow it's very... nice to imagine that James Beck would have happily sat along with us to watch Dad's Army every Saturday.
... Sorry for digging up an old post. ): I would have loved to join in on this conversation, but I am apparently 3 years too late. XD
Jimmie Beck was a fantastic actor, who when he died during filming of series 5, it was a role which was irreplaceable to fill, they tried with such parts as Pvt. Cheeseman, and Pvt. Sponge - but they didn't quite fulfill the role Walker as none of the roles had such depth in character as Walker had, in my opinion mainly because no one new the Beck was going to die so suddenly, so they were unable to provide a decent back story Cheeseman and Sponge, for example I believe sponge was a sheep farmer and Cheeseman worked for a newspaper company - and as I said earlier they didn't have the depth or comedy factors such Walker gave the show.
Because of Beck's death (in my opinion) the show lacked the comedy factor as it did have before he died, don't get me wrong it was still funny but the one line jokes weren't quite the same without him delivering the punchline. So, in my opinion the show began to lack depth after Beck's death but it still remains my favourite sitcom along with Porridge and Only Fools and Horses
Post by David Somen on Mar 28, 2015 10:25:58 GMT 12
I bought the All Gas And Gaiters DVD's last week which contain the eleven remaining episodes of the show. I watched the pilot episode tonight and of course thoroughly enjoyed it. Even more so when I saw Jimmy Beck playing the policeman (also mentioned elsewhere in this forum). It led me on a search to YouTube. Here is Jimmy as the policeman in All Gas And Gaiters - The Bishop Ride's Again - First air date: 17th May 1966
Post by gingerfruit on Jul 4, 2015 19:44:08 GMT 12
If this has been posted before then accept my apologies. I was having a bet with my girlfriend the other night over the name of an actor in Carry on Loving. When I checked the cast list on IMDB it credited James Beck but stated that the scene with him in had been deleted from the final cut. I wonder what that scene may have looked like?
Bearing in mind how Larry Martyn died (see No. 1 thread here, slipping on a banana skin)...it's a little sad to watch this clip of what was supposed to be a light-hearted information film...
I remember seeing this Public Information Film a lot in the 70s and into the 80s, I hope Frank and Larry got paid well for it because it was repeated many times! I hope Larry's banana skin demise isnt true and i wouldn't necessarily believe everything you read on Wikipedia.
Looking back over dates and events (which always interests me), I'm struck by the way Walker continued to be a big part of the Dad's Army legacy for quite some time after Jimmy Beck's death. I think sometimes, for those of us looking back on it all, there is a tendency to think the 'post-Walker era' begins in December 1973.
At the time, though, UK viewers would have been able to watch Jimmy as Walker in six new episodes in November/December 1973, followed by an episode in which he is referred to (and appears in the closing credits 'walk-by'). He was featured in the Dad's Army Annual 1974 (published in autumn 1973). Then in January 1974 the radio series started - Jimmy plays Walker in the first seven episodes of that (up to March 1974). In April/May 1974 there was a repeat run of the 1973 series - Jimmy onscreen again - and a further four episodes of the radio series in which Graham Stark played Walker. And in September 1974, the Dad's Army Annual 1975, which again featured Walker.
So in fact, even though Jimmy had sadly passed away in August 1973 (and everyone viewing would know that), the illusion of Walker being 'part of the team' would have persisted much longer, for contemporary viewers. It was probably November 1974 before viewers really had to start accepting Dad's Army without Private Walker.
Its worth noting that Walker's character kept appearing in the TV Comic cartoon strip well into 1974 and made a reappearance in the 1979 TV Comic annual, though i think these were reprints!
Yes, I knew that. Jean, Jimmy and Kay were already good friends as Jimmy and Jean had worked together up north in theatre and on TV.
YORK CITIZENS THEATRE TRUST LTD. presents ANNA CHRISTIE by EUGENE O'NEILL
CHARACTERS IN ORDER OF THEIR APPEARANCE
JOHNNY-THE-PRIEST................DONALD PILMEAR TWO LONGSHOREMEN....................JOHN DAVIES ...................................................... JOHN LEYTON A POSTMAN............................ROBERT WALLACE LARRY (Bartender).................TREVOR BANNISTER CHRIS. CHRISTOPHERSON.........JEFFERY DENCH MARTHA OWEN........................JEAN ALEXANDER ANNA CHRISTOPHERSON....ALETHEA CHARLTON THREE MEN OF A STEAMERS CREW.................... ............JOHN DAVIES/ ROLF DIETER / KEN FINCH MAT BURKE (a stoker)......................JAMES BECK JOHNSON (deckhand on a barge).....JOHN LEYTON
Just to emphasise your post Dave.
I have a couple of York Theatre Royal programmes from the late 50s crediting Jimmy with Jean Alexander, trevor Bannister (later of Are You Been Served) and John Leyton. John Leyton of course went on to have a huge hit with Johnny Remember Me in 1961....