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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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Eric Barker ...
Captain Potts
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Norah
Bill Owen ...
Corporal Bill Copping
Charles Hawtrey ...
Peter Golightly
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Horace Strong
Kenneth Williams ...
James Bailey
Terence Longdon ...
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Gerald Campion ...
Hattie Jacques ...
Captain Clark
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Gun Sergeant
Arnold Diamond ...
Fifth Specialist
Gordon Tanner ...
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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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The biggest 'shower' that ever 'reigned' in the British army! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

August 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

4 kothonia sti legeona ton xenon  »

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Budget:

£73,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£500,000 (UK)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Gordon Tanner replaced another actor who pulled out. 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

James Bailey: [During bayonet practice:] Don't you think this is a trifle out of date in a world bristling with H-Bombs, Sergeant?
[Golightly charges, only to get caught up in the hanging sack]
Sgt. Grimshawe: Private Bailey, in answer to your question, I'd back him against the H-Bomb any day!
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Has a certain charm
18 July 2002 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

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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