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We're Doomed [Dec. 24th, 2015|12:29 pm]
Tony Grist
Oh God I'm getting old. Here I am close to tears because I've been watching We're Doomed- The Dad's Army Story- and the end credits are coming up over the Kinks singing Thank You For The Days- and it's a biggish part of my past life that's scrolling by.

It's a sweet little film. About a sweet little show. I'll have to admit- though I knock it from time to time- that I love Dad's Army.

John Sessions absolutely nails Arthur Lowe, Julian Sands doesn't get within spitting distance of John le Mesurier (but then who could?) Mark Heap isn't at all like Clive Dunn and doesn't really try to be. The chaps playing the other cast members all get close. Ralph Riach- as John Laurie- has the eyes- and knows how to roll them.

And Roy Hudd doing his Bud Flanagan act- you could tear up over that as well.
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From: (Anonymous)
2015-12-24 06:56 pm (UTC)
We just teared up, watching It's a Wonderful Life....
Looking froward to seeing you tomorrow.
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-12-24 08:06 pm (UTC)
see you tomorrow xxxxx
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[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2015-12-27 12:57 pm (UTC)
It was moving, wasn't it? The Bud Flanagan bit gave me goosebumps.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-12-27 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hudd as Flanagan- one national treasure playing another. A wonderful casting choice,

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[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2015-12-27 02:26 pm (UTC)
Did you know he had played him before, in a stage show in the 80s called 'Underneath the Arches; the Flanagan and Allen Story'? He won several awards for it. Christopher Timothy played Allen.

Tragically this was never recorded on film by the beeb, but they do occasionally repeat the radio recording of it. When it comes on again I shall point you at it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-12-27 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, I knew he'd played Flanagan before, but not that there was a recording. I'd love to hear it...
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