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Writers:
Patrick Cargill (idea) and
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Release Date:
21 July 1959 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
It'll fracture your funnybone ! See more »
Plot:
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The troubled heart of British postwar cinema
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Amusing but never funny enough to really make it stand the test of time See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Some of the film's literal English language translations of its foreign language titles were "40 Degrees of Love" (Belgium, South America), "41 Degrees of Love" (Germany), "Isn't It Wonderful Doctor" (Denmark), "Nurse Does All The Work" (Greece) and "Laughing Gas & Beautiful Girls" (Finland).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the nurse who was left tied up in a bed is set free by a colleague we see that her hands were tied but not her feet: she would have been able to get up and walk at any time.See more »
Quotes:
Sister:It's Matron's round.
Percy Hickson:Mine's a pint!
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Amusing but never funny enough to really make it stand the test of time, 27 March 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In Haven Hospital an entire ward is made up of men, ranging from the snooty Oliver Reckitt, the distracted Hinton, the gambling Colonel to the injured boxer Bernie Bishop. With nothing but men around young female nurses things could easily get out of hand but luckily the nurses are ruled by the Sister who in turn lives in fear of Matron, who rules the hospital with an iron fist. However when discipline is so strict, it is only a matter of time before the patients start to act out and rebel.

This is one of the earliest Carry On films in the long running series and it stands out from Constable and Sergeant because it has a much more ensemble feel to it and more of a rambling narrative that works better than the "serious story surrounded by sketches" stuff that the others had tries at doing. In this regard it does seem to keep up a constant tone and is amusing even if it rarely made me actually laugh out loud. This is the problem with a lot of the earlier films in the series – they lack the wit and cheeky humour of the films made in the heyday of the series and thus feel quite stiff and perhaps almost dull at times. There are enough amusing moments here to make it worth seeing but two or three good laughs in 90 minutes is not really enough I'm afraid.

The cast are the same from the first film with a few additions and yet still lacking some of the names that are synonymous with the series (Sid James in particular). Connor is OK in a simple role; Eaton is pretty to look at even if she has few laughs to her name; Hawtrey seems to be in his own film but is fun regardless; Phillips does his usual stuff but familiarity has not bred contempt in me and I enjoyed him; Hyde-White is good value and has the famous final scene to himself while Joan Sims runs around a lot in the way she did in the early days. Owen is OK but the film is stolen by a typical but funny turn from Williams and the very famous Matron character as played by Jacques, who suits the larger than life domineering character well.

Overall this is not a great film and it has not dated well at all. It is amusing but yet rarely that funny – a problem when it seems to be trying to be wacky and outrageous at each step. Time has not treated it well and it is the structured but cheeky Carry On films that have lasted the best. Fans of the series may like it and the cast certainly make it worth a look but this is nothing that special and were it not part of this famous series I doubt it would be seen that often by many viewers.

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