I take your point about shared responsibility, but I don't think it's meant to be Walker.
The script has the line attributed to "VOICE". If it was intended to be Walker the direction would have been "WALKER O.O.V" (out of view) or something similar.
It could of course be that during the rehearsals the line was reassigned to Walker.
My feeling is that the line was given to Jimmy Beck but that it was not meant to be Walker delivering the warning. (I'd expect some sort of expected form of address, even "Put that light out, sir!" as Walker knows both people involved.)
I did read that David Croft said the BBC received several letters of complaint when this episode was first broadcast saying it was morally wrong to suggest that Wilson had made Mrs Pike pregnant when they were not married...
How many letters is "several"? Two or three. That's the problem with 'vague' words like several. Several could be two or three, or two or three hundred, or more. I imagine even a decade later, and later still, there would be people who would have been upset with children being born out of wedlock, even on a TV show. Even today in some families and cultures it may be frowned upon. I could never see the fuss, then or now. I consider myself fairly old-fashioned, but not that old-fashioned.
I have three (now adult) kids and they were all born within wedlock, but if they weren't it wouldn't have bothered me, although my wife was very Catholic and it may have bothered her, a bit. But then, they were all born in the 80s and no-one really worried too much about that anyway, by that time, except as I said the odd few. I suppose when DA was set (the 40s) it was very different.
And maybe it shows that a big portion of the audience were actually from the time before when DA was set. If you were watching around 1970, well then you easily could have been born around 1900! I’m not from the UK but around 1900, then you are almost Victorian! So: good point Alan!
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
Post by Alan Hayes on Sept 13, 2020 12:24:29 GMT 12
Watched this great episode again tonight as part of my sequential viewing of all of Dad's Army. My feelings are much the same as before, but something I noticed which I hadn't picked up on before - while this episode is not the first to feature a reference to Mrs. Mainwaring (that's Shooting Pains), it is the first, I believe, where her unheard, off-screen actions affect the action (the telephone call in which she instructs her husband to come home).
Another lovely touch I'd not mentioned before is when Wilson and Jones are rehearsing for the upcoming wedding, with Jones doubling for Mrs Pike, Jones puts his arm through the Sergeant's own and play-acts as the blushing bride. The look on Jones face is priceless.
A great episode in which we get another fine insight into the characters and their relationships. And it's Wilson and Mrs Pike's turn to have an episode that focuses on them - and it's all rather lovely, as John Le Mesurier might have said.