The Rear Guard

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The Rear Guard
Created by Jimmy Perry & David Croft
Written by Jimmy Perry, David Croft and Arthur Julian
Directed by Hal Cooper

(listed in closing credits)
Lou Jacobi
Cliff Norton
Eddie Foy Jr.
John McCook
Dennis Kort

Arthur Peterson
Jim Connell
James McCallion
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1 (Pilot)
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original release 10 August 1976

The Rear Guard was a 1976 pilot episode for an American adaptation of the British situation comedy Dad's Army. Set in World War II, The Rear Guard followed a band of men in the American Civil Defense (circa 1942) who were part of an auxiliary force in the event of an invasion of the USA. The episode was an adaptation of "The Deadly Attachment", in which a German U-Boat crew are placed under the supervision of the platoon.

The pilot was aired on Tuesday the 10 August 1976, broadcast simultaneously on American Broadcasting Company channel 7 and 8.[1] However it was not popular and never made it past its pilot to become a series. As it was a failure, the original tapes the show was recorded on were wiped. However copies of the show are in the possession of the show's director Hal Cooper and other producers that were associated with the show.


As The Rear Guard was a remake of Dad's Army, many of the characters were visible in the remake, under alternative names. Here is a list of the characters and their original counterparts.

Sergeant Max Raskin - Lou Jacobi (Arthur Wilson)
Captain Nick Rosatti - Cliff Norton (George Mainwaring)
Bert Wagner - Eddie Foy Jr. (Jack Jones)
Don Crawford - John McCook (Joe Walker)
Bobby Henderson - Dennis Kort (Frank Pike)

The characters of Privates Godfrey and Frazer were not re-created.