Dad's Army. Image shows from L to R: L/Cpl. Jones (Clive Dunn), Pte. Frazer (John Laurie), Capt. Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), Sgt. Wilson (John Le Mesurier). Copyright: Norcon Productions

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1971
Creator
Jimmy Perry
Stars
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender, Liz Fraser and more
Writers
Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Directors
Norman Cohen and Douglas Hermes
Producer
John R. Sloan
Companies

Based on the long-running sitcom of the same name, the film version of Dad's Army tells the story of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard - a branch of the volunteer army made out of ordinary men who are not part of the regular armed forces.

The platoon are lead by pompous bank manager George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), with his chief clerk, Arthur Wilson (John Le Mesurier) as his second-in-command, and local butcher and old warhorse, Jack Jones (Clive Dunn) as third-in-command.

Alongside them are young and naive Private Pike (Ian Lavender), black-market spiv Private Walker (James Beck), pessimistic Scot Private Frazer (John Laurie) and elderly and frail Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley).

The film follows the platoon from their humble beginnings through their formation and development into a "formidable" fighting unit, trying to take on everything that comes their way - not always successfully!

Additional details

Tagline
At last! Their epic story invades the Big Screen!
Part of

Dad's Army

UK certificate
U
Duration
95 minutes
UK release
Sunday 4th April 1971
Produced
1970
UK premiere
Sunday 14th March 1971, Columbia Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue
Distributors

Columbia Pictures

Also known as
  • Dad's Army: The Movie
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Music composed and conducted by Wilfred Burns. Who Do You Think You're Kidding, Mr. Hitler written by Jimmy Perry and composed by Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner.

Website links

Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Friday 31st December 2021 at 6:55pm on BBC2
  • Saturday 17th July 2021 at 6:30pm on BBC2
  • Saturday 17th July 2021 at 5:10pm on BBC2 Wales

Recording details

  • Shepperton Studios - Studios
  • Chobham Common, Cliveden and Seaford - Locations
  • Chalfont St. Giles - Walmington-on-Sea town centre (Link)

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