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R.I.P Clive Dunn

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Welshkitty Report 7 Nov 2012 18:50

Hi all,
I was sad to hear on the news today about Clive Dunn passing away. I was brought up with the re runs of dad's army and I have to say I watch them still and they still make me laugh !

He was also known well for the song "Grandad" and seemed to be such a nice guy



AnnCardiff Report 7 Nov 2012 18:58

he was great, as were all the others - but 92 was a good age


Island Report 7 Nov 2012 19:03

Sad, but an excellent innings :-)


Wend Report 7 Nov 2012 19:06

Oh no, 'im indoors is out and probably doesn't know yet.

Oo-er, there's going to be tears, I tell you, tears when he gets home :-(


Cooper Report 7 Nov 2012 20:07

I loved Dads Army and still watch it when its on, it seems to span the generations.
I watched it with my Mum and Dad and my Son and Daughter.

Teresa :0)


Malcolm Report 7 Nov 2012 20:24

So sad. A gifted and versatile actor. I remember him also in the Tony Hancock "The Reunion" episode.

There were so many talented people in the Dads Army series. I sometimes log into Youtube and just fall about at the splendid scripts and excellent delivery.

Don't Panic, Don't Panic! take a last Last bow Clive Dunn.

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 7 Nov 2012 20:26

Awwww RIP Clive Dunn 92 is all he was, he seemed much older xx


JustJohn Report 7 Nov 2012 21:48

Are there now only 5 left?

Jimmy Perry (b1923) who wrote Hi Di Hi and Aint Half Hot Mum as well
Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox) born 1920
Bill Pertwee (put those lights out) b 1926
Frank Williams (Vicar) b 1931
Ian Lavender (don't tell him, Pike) b 1946

Was surprised to see Mrs Pike was only 59 when she died and the verger (Edward Sinclair) died in 1977.

Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn) will be a sad loss to Walmington and his family and many friends. He came from a London stage family, and cousin was Gretchen Franklin (Ethel Skinner)


AnninGlos Report 7 Nov 2012 21:52

Sad but inevitable I suppose. Love Dad's army and we still watch it on BBC2.
RIP Clive Dunn , you made us laugh. A good epitaph.


Wend Report 7 Nov 2012 21:54

'im indoors is home now and he had already heard the sad new about Clive Dunn.

Only one left now, he said, Ian Lavender :-(


JustJohn Report 7 Nov 2012 22:10

Wend OH will be pleased there are 4 cast still living. And co-writer Jimmy Perry. Also Private Sponge and the other writer (David Croft) have only recently died.

Had not realised that Arthur Lowe and Clive Dunn argued a lot about politics. Dunn was awarded an OBE and Lowe (a keen Conservative supporter) refused to accept any honour the same or less than Dunn. So it had to be a CBE or Knighthood.


JustDinosaurJill Report 7 Nov 2012 22:34

"They don't like it up 'em" will always be my favourite phrase.

Every year when we travel down to Dorset and I see the signs for Warminster (and I know it's not he same) I can hear "They don't like it up 'em Mr Mainwaring".

Not long before he died, I had the chance to talk to Phillip Madoc about 'that' Dad's Army episode. Brilliant. The best comedy never goes out of date.


maggiewinchester Report 7 Nov 2012 22:37

My daughter has just learnt that. as a lad, her OH of 3 months sang the chorus of 'Grandad' with Clive Dunn when he was at the De la Warr theatre in Bexhill :-D


JustJohn Report 7 Nov 2012 22:40

Jill Have taped a programme tonight about "Welsh Greats". It is Philip Madoc.

For all his wonderful acting, Madoc will always be best remembered for "Your name will also go on ze list. Vat is is?"

And I still love to see Dunn doing his drill. Exactly a second behind the others. They were all out of step apart from Cpl Jones. :-D


JustDinosaurJill Report 8 Nov 2012 10:22

John. I also remember Philip Madoc in The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. It also had beautiful music Chi Mai by Ennio Morricone.

I loved the gentleness of Private Godfrey too. John Laurie who played Private Fraser was lovely. My own grandfather who was extremely dour and had a serious doom-attitude, along the lines of Private Fraser also looked very like him; so much that they could have been close kin. Given their origins I suspect that they were related. But that was where the similarity ended. I never remember my grandfather having a twinkle in his eye or showing any signs of happiness at all. I loved to hear Fraser saying "We're doomed. Doomed".

It's hard to believe just how long ago that series was made.


JustJohn Report 8 Nov 2012 20:08

Jill :-) John Laurie was actually born in Dumfries, which surprised me. I would have thought he was born on a wild island in the Outer Hebrides.

They were all so good. One of my favourites was the Vicar (Frank Williams).

Was watching an episode a couple of nights ago when Godfrey had asked for leave to help an old girl friend (now a widow) with her threshing. The "old girl friend" has only just died (Brenda Cowling who played Mrs Prentice). A wonderful actress - shame we didn't see more of her.

Read today that the record "Granddad" was released in 1971 and sold so many copies in just one day that Clive Dunn bought a house with the proceeds :-D :-D


Malcolm Report 9 Nov 2012 15:29

I didn't know Liz Frazer (Mrs Pike) had died. So sexy. She was in a lot of Hancocks half hours and also some of the Carry on's..Carry on Regardless - modelling underwear and negligees. Barbara Windsor?? You can keep her. Liz was much more huggable. Phooarr. :-)


PatinCyprus Report 9 Nov 2012 15:39

Janet Davies was Mrs Pike not Liz Frazer


Island Report 9 Nov 2012 15:47

Unless there has been very recent news to the contrary, Liz Frazer is still alive.


Wend Report 9 Nov 2012 20:53

According to my daughter, who works at a place where Ms. Frazer visits regularly, she is very much alive, kicking and making her presence felt!