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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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Corporal Bill Copping
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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 same hilarious gang that brought you 'Carry on Nurse' See more »

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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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Trivia

"Carry on, Sergeant" is a normal expression for an Army officer to use; the American equivalent is, "As you were." The title was used to cash in on the popularity of The Ship Was Loaded (1957), which was written by Val Guest. At the time, the success of the film prompted applause and audience laughter in serious settings where the phrase was used, including amongst audiences of the film The Devil's Disciple (1959). See more »

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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 »

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 Cowboy (1965) See more »

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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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