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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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Bill Owen ...
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Horace Strong
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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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Un-Ready, Un-Willing and Un-Able! Meet the riotous recruits who rule Britannia...and do battle with the enemy (their sergeant)! See more »

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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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Trivia

Film debut of Bernard Kay. See more »

Goofs

When Sgt Grimshawe throws the rifle to Strong, during Bayonet drill, the rifle is caught by Strong the opposite way around. See more »

Quotes

Captain Potts: Who are you?
Miles Heywood: 4277298 Private Heywood, M, sir.
Captain Potts: Heywood? Ever heard of General Heywood?
Miles Heywood: My father, sir.
Captain Potts: Really? Read Admiral Heywood?
Miles Heywood: My grandfather, sir.
Captain Potts: Air Commodore Heywood?
Miles Heywood: My uncle, sir.
Captain Potts: Ah! Quick test. What's the first thing that comes into your head?
Miles Heywood: Women, sir.
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Followed by Carry on Matron (1972) See more »

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CARRY ON SERGEANT (Gerald Thomas, 1958) **1/2
25 January 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The first "Carry On" is not among the best: it's an all-too-typical army comedy, albeit an agreeable one. William Hartnell stars as a Sergeant about to retire but who has yet to win a contest for leading his barracks' finest platoon, so he determines to achieve just this with his last batch of recruits – unfortunately for him, these include Kenneth Connor, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Bob Monkhouse, Terence Longdon and Norman Rossington (actually, such a dumb subject that he's been rejected by several previous outfits and has been stranded in the camp ever since)! As can be seen, this same plot would eventually be worked into two later series outings – CARRY ON TEACHER (1959), down to the sentimental ending, and CARRY ON, CONSTABLE (1960), with Eric Barker once again as the disciplinarian but flustered Captain.

Shirley Eaton provides the eye-candy as Monkhouse's fresh bride, who contrives to get a job in the barracks' kitchen in order to be near him; her companion, ugly-duckling Dora Bryan, has set her eyes on hypochondriac Connor (who is forever appearing before medical officer Hattie Jacques with some mysterious ailment or other, until she decides to have him undertake a thorough test by several specialists so as to declare him physically fit once and for all!). Hawtrey is typically bumbling; Williams scores best as a smug, know-it-all recruit (he plays it quite straight and, again, variations of this were seen in CARRY ON NURSE [1959] and CARRY ON, CONSTABLE). Needless to say, once the boys realize what the outcome of their training would mean for the long-suffering Hartnell, they put their best foot forward to send him home with his well-deserved prize in tow.


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