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Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they turn out to be, and it's up to Grimshaw to put the no-hopers through their paces. Written by
Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>
Bill Owen went on to become well known for his role in Last of the Summer Wine. See more »
When written, the sergeant's name is shown to be Grimshawe - except on the training results board in Captain Potts' office, where it is Grimshaw. See more »
[Charlie has managed to reasemble a Bren machine gun, despite being distracted during the demonstration]
Looks like you *were* listening.
I wasn't listening.
[Jerks his head towards the Bren]
I used to work in the factory where they make these things!
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The first in the hugely-successful "Carry On..." series of films, "Sergeant" certainly doesn't stand out as anything particularly remarkable.
Many of the familiar faces are there right from the start (Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor) playing much the same characters as they would later make their own.
However, "Sergeant" is a reasonably gentle affair with none of the smut and sauce that would later be the series hallmark. William Hartnell puts in a great pre-Dr. Who turn as a bluff old Army sergeant given the task of turning his platoon of mis-matched incompetents into winning material.
Of course, in true "Carry On" style there is a series of fairly amusing set-pieces before the, not entirely unexpected, happy ending.
In all, "Sergeant" is mild mannered, harmless British comedy with some nice turns from Dora Bryan, Kenneth Connor and a young Bob Monkhouse. Surprising that this, probably the least offensive in the series, eventually launched a string of cheap, saucy slapstick.
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