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Carry On Sergeant (1958) Poster

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William Hartnell wanted to have Bernard Kay fired.
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Film debut of Bernard Kay.
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The first film in the "Carry On..." series. A further thirty were produced until 1992.
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Gordon Tanner replaced another actor who pulled out.
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Features the "Carry On..." debuts of regular stars Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor and Terry Scott.
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"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).
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The film was the third most successful movie at the British box office in 1958.
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Kenneth Williams was paid just £800 for his role.
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William Hartnell was rather like his character off screen, and could regularly be heard barking at actors who fluffed their lines. Indeed, a visiting brigadier was highly complementary to Hartnell's drilling technique.
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Whilst everyone's back was turned, Kenneth Williams smeared the rope used in the assault course with butter. This lead to much exasperation from Bob Monkhouse.
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This is the shortest Carry On in the entire series at 80 minutes.
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The National Service recruits, who should be in their late teens or early 20s, were all played by actors who were over 30 at the time of filming (in fact, Charles Hawtrey was over 40, Kenneth Connor nearly so).
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Bill Owen went on to become well known for his role in Last of the Summer Wine.
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Terence Skelton was cast as a recruit but dropped out before filming.
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First film of James Villiers.
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William Hartnell and Charles Hawtrey played similar roles in The Army Game (1957).
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The film was based on a play The Bull Boys by R. F. Delderfield.
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The film had not been conceived as the start of a movie series; only after the film's surprising success did the producer Peter Rogers and the director Gerald Thomas set about planning a further project. After reusing the Carry On prefix and some cast members in their next project Carry on Nurse (1959) and having success with that film, the Carry On series of films evolved.
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This film was not the only film made called Carry On Sergeant there was another film made in Canada some 30 years earlier had the same title although that one was not a comedy.
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