The Rear Guard

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The Rear Guard
Created by Jimmy Perry
David Croft
Written by Jimmy Perry
David Croft
Arthur Julian
Directed by Hal Cooper
Starring 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 network ABC
Original release August 10, 1976

The Rear Guard is 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 (c. 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 August 10, 1976, broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company.[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.