Yes another great story, though I did read it was rather difficult to make with all the mechanical devices, David Croft did try to make it as easy as possible by using midgets dressed up as the figures in the belltower.
Mainwaring and Wilson are enjoying their morning cup of coffee and Rich Tea biscuits at the Marigold Tea Rooms when Pike rushes in, hands them rifles and says the police have phoned: a Nazi pilot has bailed out and is hanging from the town hall clock.
The men of the Home Guard congregate at the town hall and try to work out how they'll capture the German. They consider different ways of pulling him in, including taking the minute hand off the clock, which has not worked since 1939. Inside the clock tower, a mishap sees Jones trapping everyone inside the tower.
Eventually they pull the German in and Mainwaring writes a note, stuffs it in a bottle and drops it onto the road below asking for help to get down. But he doesn't hold out much hope of receiving aid from Hodges and the others below, so everyone racks their brains for a solution to their predicament. Although Walker's idea puts Jones in a precarious situation, Wilson's plan - based on a fairy tale - comes up trumps.
Also appearing: Bill Pertwee (ARP Warden), Frank Williams (Vicar), Edward Sinclair (Verger), Harold Bennett (Mr Blewitt), Joan Cooper (Miss Fortescue), Eric Longworth (Mr Gordon), Christopher Sandford (German Pilot).
Lots of funny scenes including Mr Blewitt realing off lists of things the Germans are good at making, Jones thinking he is being helpful puts away the pole holding up the ladders where the staircase was gives Fraser a chance to say his catchprase ' We're doomed !!', and when Hodges is being his usual obnoxious self Pike lobs a bottle down just missing him ' What was in that ?' says Mainwaring, 'Nothing', says Pike ' I was aiming for the warden', ' Good' says Mainwaring, all classic stuff
Post by Dave Homewood on May 8, 2011 21:21:52 GMT 12
Another total classic but perhaps one that gets thought about as such less than others.
And another one in which the platoon captures a German. They had a good record for capturing Germans - two in The Enemy at the Gates (plus Captain Wynodgroski); one in Man Hunt; the U-boat crew in The Deadly Attachment; three in Come In, Your Time Is Up, and this pilot. :-)
did he buy it in 1911, for one and six?? i watched this episode the other day. one of my fave Frazer monologues as well when he ends in 'in the end they had to dismantle the lighthouse...brick by brick..." that really makes me laugh
Post by rageofangels on Jan 23, 2015 6:25:22 GMT 12
Love this episode. Would have given it a 10, but thought they slightly over played Jones' on the back of the horse. But that aside it is up there in my top ten episodes. Love the hat bit when they're all used to stop the bells, and also when Pike throws a bottle at hodges, and also Jones' reply to the pilot. Classic stuff.