A favourite episode of mine. I like the way they give the regular cast other parts, some in keeping with their usual roles and some completely different, eg Arthur Lowe as the coarse sergeant. I particularly like the way they manage to work in Bill Pertwee saying "put that light out".
I had no idea it was inspired by an old film, although I did wonder where the scene of the horsemen charging came from.
Something I didn't quite get - did Clarke go to Walmington and join the Home Guard specifically to expose Jones's alleged cowardice, or was it just a coincidence that they encountered each other again after all that time?
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 29, 2011 11:50:03 GMT 12
I'm sure it was just a co-incidence.
Chris, seek out and find the original 1939 version of 'The Four Feathers', it's really excellent. It was filmed in the actual Sudan battle site too. And in full colour which was rare then. It explains a lot about the episode. There have been remakes, there was one a few years back starring Heath Ledger which was ok but nowhere near as good. The original has John laurie as the Mad Mahdi, how good is that!
I love the scene in the restaurant where the cook emerges from the fog smoking a cigarette. The studio audience didn't find that particularly amusing unfortunately, I suspect they couldn't see what the camera saw as the small sets were sometimes out of their sight.
The Four Feathers DVD arrived today. I'll watch it at the weekend, it'll be interesting to see how much of the original storyline appears in the Dad's Army episode, and also to see the bits of footage they used.
I watched this again last night as it was on the telly again here. I have a question about the restaurant they were all eating at. Was it just coincidence that they were all eating there or was it some kind of restuarant specifically set up because of the war?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 25, 2012 18:44:46 GMT 12
The British Restaurants were set up by the British Government as a standardised place where people could go and buy a meal that wasn't too expensive and I think was off the ration. Many towns and cities had them.
Eventually they closed down when people refused to take back their dirties. (kidding!)
Just to confim that they were set up by The Ministry of Food to ensure that British workers could get a meal of the ration, they were intially setup in the London area but soon spread over the country, meals were available Monday to Friday though choice was limited and portions strictly controlled, I believe a 3 course diinner was 5 shillings. they were originally called 'Community Feeding Centres', but the name was soon changed.
Was just watching this this evening, and when Pike stated exactly how much Walker had in the bank, i checked online, and if this episode is set in say 1940, Walkers £1542 would be worth around £73,500 in today's money, the man was loaded.
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