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Carry on Sergeant (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 15 August 1958 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Captain Potts
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Norah
Bill Owen ...
Corporal Bill Copping
Charles Hawtrey ...
Peter Golightly
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Horace Strong
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James Bailey
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Gun Sergeant
Arnold Diamond ...
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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>

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Comedy | War

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15 August 1958 (UK)  »

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Ist ja irre - Kopf hoch, Brust raus!  »

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£73,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth Williams was paid just £800 for his role. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Potts pins the chart to the training progress board, the board has the intake as No.29 but when the prize giving is announced near the end of the film it is announced as the prize giving for the 60th intake See more »

Quotes

[Charlie has managed to reasemble a Bren machine gun, despite being distracted during the demonstration]
Gun Sergeant: Looks like you *were* listening.
Charlie Sage: I wasn't listening.
[Jerks his head towards the Bren]
Charlie Sage: I used to work in the factory where they make these things!
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Followed by Carry on Matron (1972) See more »

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What's Wrong with Gentle Humor?
7 August 2004 | by (Upstate NY) – See all my reviews

Humor doesn't need to be slapstick, sexual, or degrading to be funny. It's the juxtaposition of elements that creates tension and laughs in this gentle comedy about a newly-wed husband who finds out on his wedding day that he's been drafted. Add to this an Army instructor who's about to retire, and who makes an extravagant bet that in his last platoon he will finally have a Champion Platoon, only to find that he's been saddled with a bunch of misfits. Sgt. Grimshawe is played in low-key style by William Hartnell in a gentle send-up of his many 'tough sergeant' roles. Bob Monkhouse, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, et. al. turn in equally understated performances that actually enhance the humor.

This film is the obvious inspiration for Bill Murray's 'Stripes', which, while funny, doesn't have anywhere *near* the charm of 'Carry On, Sergeant'. It holds up very well, indeed.


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