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Carry on Sergeant -- The story of the soon-to-be retired Sergeant Grimshaw. He wants to win the Star Squad prize and retire, but first, he must put his last batch of recruits—a bunch of losers—through their paces.


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Release Date:
15 August 1958 (UK) See more »
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Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A light but amusing affair that is never hilarious but is free of the crash crudity that the series later revelled in See more (34 total) »


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William Hartnell ... Sergeant Grimshawe

Shirley Eaton ... Mary Sage
Eric Barker ... Captain Potts

Dora Bryan ... Norah
Bill Owen ... Corporal Bill Copping
Charles Hawtrey ... Peter Golightly

Kenneth Connor ... Horace Strong
Kenneth Williams ... James Bailey
Terence Longdon ... Miles Heywood

Norman Rossington ... Herbert Brown
Gerald Campion ... Andy Calloway
Hattie Jacques ... Captain Clark
Cyril Chamberlain ... Gun Sergeant
Arnold Diamond ... Fifth Specialist
Gordon Tanner ... First Specialist
Martin Boddey ... Sixth Specialist
Frank Forsyth ... Second Specialist
Ian Whittaker ... Medical Corporal
Basil Dignam ... Third Specialist
Anthony Sagar ... Stores Sergeant
John Gatrell ... Fourth Specialist
Alec Bregonzi ... First Storesman
Graham Stewart ... Second Storesman
Alexander Harris ... Third Storesman
Pat Feeney ... Fourth Storesman
Terry Scott ... Sergeant Paddy O'Brien
Edward Judd ... Fifth Storesman
John Mathews ... Sergeant Matthews (as John Matthews)
Ronald Clarke ... Sixth Storesman
Ed Devereaux ... Sergeant Russell (as Edward Devereaux)
David Williams ... Seventh Storesman
Leigh Madison ... Sheila

Bernard Kay ... Injured Recruit
Jack Smethurst ... First Recruit
Haydn Ward ... Eighth Recruit

Brian Jackson ... Second Recruit
Graydon Gould ... Ninth Recruit
Don McCorkindale ... Third Recruit
Jeremy Dempster ... Tenth Recruit
Leon Eagles ... Fourth Recruit
Terry Dickenson ... Eleventh Recruit
Malcolm Webster ... Fifth Recruit
Henry Livings ... Twelfth Recruit
Patrick Durkin ... Sixth Recruit
Derek Martinus ... Recruit
James Villiers ... Seventh Recruit
Michael Hunt ... Fourteenth Recruit
Bob Monkhouse ... Charlie Sage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivor Danvers ... Recruit (uncredited)
Helen Goss ... Mary's Mum (uncredited)
Norman Hartley ... Thirteenth recruit (uncredited)
Benny Lee ... Recruit (uncredited)
Martin Wyldeck ... Mr. Sage (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Writing credits
R.F. Delderfield (by)

Norman Hudis (screenplay)

John Antrobus (additional material)

R.F. Delderfield  novel "The Bull Boys" (uncredited)

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Bruce Montgomery 
Cinematography by
Peter Hennessy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
Casting by
Betty White 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky 
Makeup Department
Stella Rivers .... hairdressing
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Haine .... assistant director
David Tringham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Peter Murton .... set dresser
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Seymour Logie .... sound editor
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hume .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Ellacott .... dress designer
Music Department
Bruce Montgomery .... music director
Other crew
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Joan Davis .... continuity
Stuart Levy .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (VHS rating) | Finland:K-8 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (2001) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #19423) | West Germany:6

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The first film in the "Carry On..." series. A further thirty were produced until 1992.See more »
Continuity: When Sgt Grimshawe throws the rifle to Strong, during Bayonet drill, the rifle is caught by Strong the opposite way around.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Greatest Ever Carry On Films (2011) (TV)See more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A light but amusing affair that is never hilarious but is free of the crash crudity that the series later revelled in, 31 January 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Approaching retirement, Sergeant Grimshawe wants to go out on a high of sorts and agrees to a bet that he can train his squad of new recruits to win the Star Squad prize. Sadly for him he had not reckoned on the hand that fate would deal him with a terrible motley crew. His squad includes hypochondriac Horace Strong, newly wed Charlie Sage, stuck up James Bailey and the, well, light-footed Peter Golightly. Can he turn them into the platoon of his career using the softly softly approach of will they just be a pathetic shower.

Now I'm not sure if the series of films was always going to be "Carry On" or if it just seemed a good link from this film, which uses the line "carry on Sergeant" several times – that may be the source of the title or it may have been as a result of the title; chicken or egg to me I'm afraid. Either way this is the first of what we now know to be the long running series of British humour that was Carry On and, as a starting point it is amusing and lightly enjoyable as it lacks the crude excesses of the later films. Here the plot is simple – there are a load of new recruits and they are all useless and fall around a lot to the dismay of their platoon sergeant. The jokes are all fairly obvious and none of them ever made me laugh out loud even if they just about did enough to keep me amused. Fans of the series will notice some aspects missing from the usual Carry On mix but for my money the things that were missing in terms of tone were not too badly missed.

With a more "normal" approach from the film (very much of its time) the cast have less excessive touches to their character but they still do well with what they have. Monkhouse is a surprising straightman, driving the main narrative but he is still pretty good. The regulars are all enjoyable with lower-key performances than we would get later. Kenneth Williams is nicely restrained but isn't as funny as he was later on; Kenneth Moore is very funny with his character and Charles Hawtrey does his usual stuff to good effect. Hartnell adds a sense of class to the film and people like Jacques and Scott are effective.

Overall, fans of the series might not like this more restrained opener but it is light and amusing fare if you're in the mood and as long as you don't expect too many belly laughs. Fun in a low-key sort of way – surprising considering the direction the series then took.

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