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Carry on Sergeant (1958)

 -  Comedy | War  -  August 1958 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Barker ...
Captain Potts
Bill Owen ...
Corporal Bill Copping
Charles Hawtrey ...
Peter Golightly
Horace Strong
Kenneth Williams ...
James Bailey
Terence Longdon ...
Gerald Campion ...
Hattie Jacques ...
Captain Clark
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Gun Sergeant
Arnold Diamond ...
Fifth Specialist
Gordon Tanner ...
First Specialist


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 <>

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It's all about a Dad . . . a Draftee . . . and a Detonation heard round the camp! See more »


Comedy | War


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Release Date:

August 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

4 kothonia sti legeona ton xenon  »

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£73,000 (estimated)


£500,000 (UK)

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Gordon Tanner replaced another actor who pulled out. See more »


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 »


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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The first Salvo from the Carry on Cannon
22 April 2004 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

Great film and a good start to the most successful and longest lived film comedy series in history. Unlike the later films this film and all Carry On's till about 1965/66 relied less on the trademark bawdy humour but on comedy scenario, which in someways makes the early Carry on's more endearing than their successors. Kenneth Connor as Hypocondriac Horace Strong is gut-wrenchingly funny. Other regulars also make their Carry On debuts in this first movie such as Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey and Terry Scott, (Although 10 years would elapse before Scott would make his next Carry On appearance). The early films had their own set of regulars, and Eric Barker, Bill Owen, (Yes THE Bill Owen), and Terence Longden, would make regular appearences thoughout these formative years. The Romantic Leads were played by The late, great Bob Monkhouse, (Yes! THE Bob Monkhouse), and Shirley Eaton, (Yes! Goldfinger's Shirley Eaton), and it's a shame that Bob Monkhouse never made another Carry on movie, but he decided to become a household name on British TV as Mr Gameshow himself. The Title role is wonderfully played by William Hartnell (Yes! Dr Who William Hartnell). Watch this movie it's funny as hell.

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