Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 12, 2014 0:36:51 GMT 12
A recent BBC Radio programme mentioned the White Feathers campaign getting started by ladies in a village during WWI. This didn't ring true with me so I looked it up and it began WAY before then in the 18th Century, as I'd thought. The novel The Four Feathers was written in 1902, and the white feathers for cowardice were the central theme. Seems odd that the BBC got that wrong. Maybe that is where it is thought to have been resurrected for WWI, but they didn't mention it had been a popular campaign before WWI (I don't think).
Also I found something odd when looking it up. The white feather is according to Wikipedia is a symbol "in the United States, of extraordinary bravery and excellence in combat marksmanship." I guess there must be a fair few very confused viewers there when The Two And A Half Feathers comes on TV?
Post by Andy Howells on Aug 23, 2019 21:50:19 GMT 12
I was rewatching this episode last night and read back over this thread which has been interesting to see peoples thoughts and insights!
For me, its one of my favourite Dad's Army episodes with lots going on, particularly as the scenes shift quite frequently and theres the throwbacks to the Four Feathers and of course some good guest appearances from Queenie watts, John Cater and Gilda Perry!
One thing that occurred to me was the use of the scenes from The Four feathers. Surely the BBC must have had to license these at the time as I would imagine there must be some sort of copyright infringement if they just take clips from another production and insert them? I think I recall reading the BBC did this in a Doctor Who episode with an exploding helicopter and used a scene from a James Bond film.
I was reading with interest about the anonymous letter and I always assumed it was Private Clarke who sent it, given the fact he seems very keen to disgrace Jones after their reintroduction. Mrs Prosser would make some sort of sense I guess though, was she mentioned much after this episode?
Reflecting on the cuts (or script cuts) there does seem to be a cut in the scene when Jones is recalling the events of The Battle of Obduman in the canteen, maybe this scene was cut after filming or two takes put together? I need to pull out the script book I think and see what was written!
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 23, 2019 22:07:26 GMT 12
Yes, the BBC would have had to have paid to licence the footage from the 1939 film. Not a big issue for such a large corporation who would have been and is still constantly licencing footage, music, words, etc. They would have considered using the film clips cheaper than trying to recreate scenes themselves using dozens of extras, costumes, armourers, etc.
Plus it adds to the parody of the story to have the real film interwoven into it.
I always assumed the letters were from Clarke, given the amount of detail, and the fact that that whoever had sent them had added the personal touch of the feathers. The mrs prosser thing seems daft, totally out of character for that person, and not really thought through by the writers
Post by gingerfruit on Apr 17, 2020 9:40:26 GMT 12
This isn't a criticism just an observation. When Jones disappears to check on the Colonel and his wife he says he went up to Somerset House. I wondered if the records would've been moved away from London to a place of relatively greater safety then?
This has to be one of those rare occasions when Wilson's usual charm doesn't impress the females. The old lady serving is scathing towards the Sgt when he complains about his meagre portion, then chastises him for sneaking an extra slice of bread. She doesn't hold back either when chinning him about returning his 'dirties' as she calls it.
In comparison, there's a sort of role reversal for a change as the Captain receives compliments from the two giggly girls who refer to him as a cuddly teddy bear. Good to see the Captain enjoying that joyous moment - which lasted for about thirty seconds and ended when Walker shouted through for his steak!