I am going to be honest here – I had no idea what this score would sound like. Perhaps it would be interspersed with old army songs? But no, it’s a fully well rounded fun score which is a delight and will not upset the legions of fans who watched the BBC series which ran for 9 series, 80 episodes in all. A triumph for writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft who took the simple idea of creating an incompetent British Home Guard brigade full of terrific characters. It originally hit the tv screen in 1968 and ran till 1977 but is still repeated on British tv now. Such is it’s following that confidence must have been running high to make it a movie and it makes you wonder why it wasn’t done sooner.
British/French composer Charlie Mole took the challenge and instead of using the title song ‘Who Do You Think You Are Mr Hitler’ [perhaps it would have been too obvious], he opens with a cheeky few bars of the tv opening, snare drums and the air raid siren, but then goes into a robust comedic Main Title called Auf Weidersehen Mr Hitler. The 2nd cue, the fast paced The Train, he does cannily uses the first 4 bars of said song. The same bars open The Platoon Jungle and later he uses the siren once again and by now we know we are on safe ground. Proud To Be British is unashamedly patriotic and Rose Goes to the Cave and High Street has a lovely big band feel to it. There is also the right amount of adventure and tension in cues such as Germans Perhaps and She’s Getting Away.
There is no slap stick here plus it could have easily of sounded like a Carry On score but Mole has provided such lovely orchestration. A great start for the Comedy category for 2016!
1. Auf Wiedersehen Mr Hitler (Main Title)
2. The Train
3. The Platoon Jungle
4. The Abwehr Headquarters
5. The ATS
6. Proud To Be British
7. Secret Rendezvous
8. Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
9. Rose Goes To The Cave And High St.
10. Here’s Lookinâ At You
11. Captain Mainwaring The Hero
12. Baby Hitlerâs Paranoia
13. Come With Me
14. Jones Goes Over
15. The Tanks
16. German Perhaps
18. The Beach
19. Sheâs Getting Away
20. That’s Enough George
21. Auf Wiedersehen Mr Hitler (Song Version)
Back Lot Music label
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