Post by scottthespiv on Feb 20, 2017 19:59:07 GMT 12
That must be it! It sounds like it and it was a ballroom dance tune so fits Walker's joke of humming it after Mainwaring's 1, 2, 1, 2! Thank you very much, Ming! Just useful for me to know the rest of the tune in case our Mainwaring doesn't quite stop me in time.
In the 'related videos' bit on the side of that one it has this 'clean' version I can rip the audio from as mp3 onto my phone to listen to on bus journeys and such until the tune is stuck right in my head. Thanks again, Ming and I hope you do come see the show and enjoy it.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 11, 2017 19:50:45 GMT 12
Home Guard girls at a factory in the South of England receive rifle instruction from a Home Guard corporal. These pioneers of the "Women's Home Guard" wear uniforms, do regular rifle drill, and take their turn at daytime manoeuvres. (Evening Post, 10 January 1942)
My favourite aspect of this episode is John Le Mes and his uncontrollable flirting with any woman he comes near. Mainwaring's reaction to him is divine, and Wilson just can't stop.
Then of course it was a touch of magic in the acting and the writing when Mainwaring finds himself copying Wilson's lines to Mrs Gray. This was another sign of Mainwaring losing control of his usual straight-laced self; like at the end with the "bloody bank" as mentioned by sevral others already.
I can't agree that this is the key or only espisode to feature the ladies.
I think My British Buddy is more significant because we see the women's characters through their fickle flirtations with the visitors. In Mum's Army, only Mrs Gray has any character development - and hers is devoid of comic content.
I've often thought it was a bit out of character for Mainwaring to be keen on another woman, Mrs Gray in this case, but he is stuck in what seems like a loveless marriage and he is only human.
Mainwaring's morals are usually gun-barrel straight, no deviation from what's right, regardless of the circumstances. His feelings and actions towards Mrs Gray are probably something he'd think Wilson would do.
It might have been nice if Mrs Gray stuck around for a while, just to add some spice to the series, with Mainwaring maybe having an affair with her, a bit of an "are they or aren't they" type thing, but never shown on screen, just merely suggested.
Perhaps Mrs Gray made sure her mother was settled in her new surroundings then decided it would be best for her to return to London (because of Captain Mainwaring's strong feelings for her). The Grays may have been staying in a seaside boarding house so Mrs Gray (senior) would have been living with others and perhaps even had her meals provided as well. Not quite a nursing home but she was not living alone and so Mrs Gray was free to return to London.
Post by Andy Howells on Aug 12, 2018 2:20:14 GMT 12
I recall reading Carmen Silvera saying that David Croft had given her a videotape of the episode which has a slightly different ending.
Apparently when Mainwaring says goodbye to Mrs Gray at the end the smoke from the train rises in the station only to clear for Mainwaring to see the members of his platoon waiting for him. This scene never seems to have materialised on anything so I do wonder if it exists or maybe if David Croft had a rough edit of it.
There are a few episodes that seem to end rather abruptly and just cut straight to the closing credits. The episode Put That Light Out, for instance, it doesn't even say "You Have Been Watching . . .", at least that's the way it is on the DVD. You'd never know what was actually broadcast originally, we just assume it's what's on the DVDs. There could have been a few seconds here and there removed, honestly, who'd know?
Last Edit: Aug 16, 2018 9:24:30 GMT 12 by JM2461: Corrected spelling
I hadn't noticed that "You have been watching" was missing! I guess it was dropped to ensure the episode was the right length for broadcast. The new companion says that the DAAS asked Carmen for the the video in 1998 but sadly she could not locate it.
Post by Andy Howells on Aug 15, 2018 10:35:07 GMT 12
I don't think I've ever noted You have Been Watching was missing - I wonder if that was a recent cut? I could kick myself as I had a lot of the episodes on video from the 1980s/90s repeats and wish I'd kept them!
There seems to have been a lot of editing over the years to certain episodes. I noticed GOLD cut several scenes (notably Mainwaring visiting Mrs Fox) drastically in Never Too old the other week, although I think that was to fit a longer episode into less than half an hour.
There are also pieces missing from Battle of the Giants, even though other lost scenes were reinstated it is still partially incomplete!. Who knows maybe they'll turn up in a film can with the lost Mum's Army ending...
In my favourite episode ”Mum’s Army”- when the men discuss Captain Mainwaring and Fiona- Godfrey says (I think): ”Well I haven’t seen them” about the Captain and Fiona in the Marigold Tea Room. But he DID see them! He talked to them! Why does he say later that he did not see them? Is he being loyal to the Captain or what?
All the best from Sweden!
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
Maybe what Godfrey means is that he hasn't seen them regularly, just that one-off occasion, which he probably thought was an "innocent" meeting or a coincidence, after all, they weren't trying to hide from anyone having coffee together in a place where anyone could walk in.