what makes people like jones hillarious is that he doesnt try to be funny, he just stumbles on his words and that, granted he overdoes the `dont panic` sometimes, but not every 5 minutes the gay character is so over the top, so ridiculous - why would somebody like him be a soldier!
Hi Biggles, I agree that Gloria is ridiculous and for me, this is what makes the character so funny - I love him
Re why he would have become a soldier - I think that he would have had no choice in that with conscription. I think the act was called The National Service Act or something like that, and I understand that single men were called up before married men. So, Gloria could very easily have found himself in the situation he was in. Throughout the series, we get the feeling that although he took his performing very seriously, he really didn't want to be there.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 30, 2012 10:01:06 GMT 12
None of the Concert Party wanted to be in the Army in India except Parky. Some of them, Solly, Nosher, Atlas and Nobby had already served up in the front lines in the jungles of Burma and were back at Deolali recouperating when they found a way out of the fighting artillery through joining the Concert Party. The others were more recent arrivals who'd also joine dthe Concert Party so they didn't have to go 'up the jungle'. This is what infuriates the Sgt major so much, he is a fighting man who spoent a couple of years on the front lines and now finds himself in charge of what he sees as dodgers, slackers and cowards. The Concert Party are doing a vital job raising morale of the other troops but the Sgt Major never sees it that way.
Having characters like Gloria and Lofty to counter-balance the "gung ho" Sgt Major is comedy genius. If you fail to recognise this then you fail to have a sense of humour in my opinion.
And it's not just the troops. The officers are clearly only in it to get away from the front line!
If Gloria is 'over the top' then the Sgt Major must also be seen that way.
In real life, I think Perry was somewhere between the character of Gloria and Solly.
If you watch the first episode of Dad's Army, you would almost think Godfrey was effeminate - he worked in gentlemen's outfitting and 'had a friend'. His character was quickly changed with the removal of Bracewell.
The Rev'd Timothy Farthing was also written as a camp character.
For the only real homosexual character created by the P&C partnership you have to look at Cissy in 'You Rang M'Lord'.
I refer to the episode The Knights of Madness when the vicar said he saw Pike dressed as a squander bug and how sweet he looked in his costume and the looks he gets from the other people sitting round the table, tells quite a story don't you think?
It was illegal to be a homosexual until 1967 but it was 'tolerated' if you were in show business as long as you didn't talk about or flaunt it , people like Ivor Novello and Sir John Gielgud were known to be gay but were never prosecuted back in the 1930s, they were good talented people .
A lot of the stories were covered up by the press because of who the person was, that would certainly not happen in this day and age with media coverage every where and the internet and mobile phones any new of any scandal would spread like wild fire
John Gielgud was actually prosecuted in 1953 for homosexual activities in a toilet, as was Wilfrid Brambell who played Albert Steptoe
True, but John was also knighted the same year, athough it caused him a few problems in the US and may have been the reason he never won any awards he wasn't ostracised by the public, also I did read that many celebs like Beatles manager Brian Epstein were blackmailed for years.