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Carry on Nurse -- The second film in the long-running Carry On series tells the story of Haven Hospital and how it is inhabited by lecherous and brawling patients, degenerate gambling ambulance drivers, clumsy nurses, and one reporter who is writing it all down.


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Release Date:
27 March 1959 (UK) See more »
It'll fracture your funnybone ! See more »
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together... See more » | Add synopsis »
(6 articles)
The troubled heart of British postwar cinema
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 July 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Terence Longdon obituary
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kenneth Connor ... Bernie Bishop

Shirley Eaton ... Staff Nurse Dorothy Denton
Charles Hawtrey ... Humphrey Hinton
Hattie Jacques ... Matron
Terence Longdon ... Ted York
Bill Owen ... Percy 'Perc' Hickson

Leslie Phillips ... Jack Bell
Joan Sims ... Student Nurse Stella Dawson
Susan Stephen ... Nurse Georgie Axwell
Kenneth Williams ... Oliver Reckitt

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... The Colonel (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Susan Beaumont ... Nurse Frances James
Ann Firbank ... Helen Lloyd
Joan Hickson ... Sister
Cyril Chamberlain ... Bert Able
Harry Locke ... Mick the Orderly

Norman Rossington ... Norm
Brian Oulton ... Henry Bray
Susan Shaw ... Mrs. Jane Bishop

Jill Ireland ... Jill Thompson
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Madge Hickson
Michael Medwin ... Ginger
Leigh Madison ... Doctor Winn
John Van Eyssen ... Surgeon Stephens
Marianne Stone ... Mrs. Alice Able
Rosalind Knight ... Student Nurse Nightingale
June Whitfield ... Meg
Hilda Fenemore ... Mrs. Rhoda Bray
Frank Forsyth ... John Gray
Ed Devereaux ... Alec Lawrence (as Ed. Devereaux)
Martin Boddey ... Perkins
Fred Griffiths ... Second Ambulance Man
John Mathews ... Tom Mayhew
Graham Stewart ... George Field
Marita Stanton ... Rose Harper
Patrick Durkin ... Jackson
Anthony Sagar ... First Ambulance Man
Shane Cordell ... Attractive Nurse
Christine Ozanne ... Cleaner
Lucy Griffiths ... Trolley Lady
Charles Stanley ... Porter (scenes deleted)
David Williams ... Andrew Newman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bernard Bresslaw ... Ted York (uncredited)
Jeremy Connor ... Jeremy Bishop (uncredited)
Raymond Glendenning ... Racing Commentator (voice) (uncredited)
Stephanie Schiller ... New Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Writing credits
Patrick Cargill (idea) and
Jack Beale (idea)

Norman Hudis (original screenplay)

Jack Beale  play "Ring for Catty" (uncredited)
Patrick Cargill  play "Ring for Catty" (uncredited)

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
Nat Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Stuart Levy .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bruce Montgomery 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer (director of photography) (as Reginald Wyer)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Casting by
Betty White 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Pearl Orton .... hairdressing
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hosgood .... assistant director
Maurice Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Taksen .... set dressing
Bert Davey .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Cherrill .... sound editor
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Roy Charman .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Tony Cripps .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Fairbairn .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Simon Kaye .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hume .... camera operator
Steve Claydon .... focus puller (uncredited)
Robin Vidgeon .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Ellacott .... dress designer
Editorial Department
Jim Sibley .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce Montgomery .... musical director
Other crew
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Stuart Levy .... presenter
Lorely Farley .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Based on the same original play as Twice Round the Daffodils (1962)See more »
Continuity: When the nurse is discovered hidden in the bed, she runs up the stairs in her underwear - but when she next appears both her petticoat and hairstyle are different.See more »
Ted York:Did it win?
Second Ambulance Man:That nag should be going into hospital, not you!
Ted York:I wonder who won the baby stakes?
[Ted get up from the strecher, which collapses on top of the First Ambulance Man]
Ted York:[looking down] Supposing I'd been on it!
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One of The Most Amusing, Involving Comedies Ever; Very-Well Acted, 28 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

The most successful British film of its original year, 1959, and an equally successful release in the United States, "Carry On Nurse" began as a play by Patrick Cargill and Jack Searle. Part of the appeal of this infectious comedy I assert lies in the complexity of the interwoven story-lines which have been invented for it. Little wonder exists why it spawned so many imitations and a "Carry On" series that has lasted decades since this, the first of the line. The film concerns very anti-Establishment attitudes by the male patients in a British hospital. Then there are the separate stories of the gentlemen trapped under Matron's tyrannical thumb, each with his own visitor or visitors, hopes, complaints, problems, history, purpose and timetable. Finally, there are the nurses, ranging in experience from the inept newcomers to the poised and competent senior staff members. A charming, and sometimes surprising, camaraderie or male bonding develops among the male patients, and the interactions with the nurses range from pursuit to bickering, with the nurses themselves interacting professionally with one another and also personally as human beings. The main storyline is hard to pin down, but never hard-to-follow. A reporter with appendicitis is wooing a pretty nurse, a rising boxer has broken his hand during a successful bout, a man with a large family worries about them, a confirmed bachelor finds himself attracting a lovely young girl, and a cantankerous Colonel irritates Matron and the entire staff; etc., etc. The flavor of the film is very realistic, which allows touches of bawdy humor, wry commentary and dialogue byplay to develop out of the regimen that is stifling patients, burdening nurses and making Matron grimly happy. The ward has rogues, a dilettante who listens to music and conducts wearing 'headphones', malcontents and grumblers, the friendly and the bored. The film was directed by Gerald Thomas from an adaptation of the original play done by Norman Hudis and Jack Beale. Cinematography was done by Reginald H. Wyer with art direction by Alex Vichinsky, both contributing to a realistic style that becomes more than style alone. Joan Ellacott was in charge of costumes and original music was supplied by Bruce Mongomery. The entire cast were well-chosen for their parts. Terence Longdon as the reporter pursues Shirley Eaton, Kenneth Connor is the boxer, Charles Hawtrey, Bill Owen, Norman Rossington play other patients; Hattie Jacques makes a wonderful Matron, Leslie Phillips the rogue, Joan Sims a ditsy young nurse, Susan Stephen a delightfully down-to-earth staff member. Wlfird Hyde-White is properly irritating as the fussy Colonel, with Susan Shaw, Irene Handly, Jill Ireland, Michael Medwin and Rosalind Knight taking other featured roles. The comedic highlight of the film is a surrealistic revolt by some of the patients high on 'laughing gas'. But all turns out well; and this deservedly popular film, whose humor ranges from classic dialogue subtlety to lavatory levels remains in the mind as a classic of its sort--whatever it is--long after Matron has completed her rounds and discovered her nurses' revenge on the obnoxious Colonel which closes the frequently-hilarious proceedings.

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