Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a ...
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Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a plan - blacken his record in front of the Ministry Inspector and then he won't ever be able to get another job! Written by
Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>
During the filming, Charles Hawtrey's mother would often visit the set. Whilst enjoying a cigarette, she accidentally dropped lit ash from the cigarette into her handbag. Joan Sims who was the first to spot the incident yelled, "Charlie Charlie, your mother's bag is on fire!". Charles Hawtrey poured his cup of tea into the bag, snapped it shut, and carried on. See more »
Although several Internet sources refer to Mr. Wakefield as the school's headmaster, he is specifically stated at the start of the film to be the DEPUTY headmaster - the equivalent of a vice principal here in Canada - who is running the school due to the actual headmaster's illness. See more »
[Grace Short believes that the answer to all problems with children is to cane them]
There's only one thing to do - WHACK!
Extraordinary theory - you bend a child double in order to get an upright character.
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This particular entry in the Carry On series was a bit more sentimental than most. The British educational system gets a good going over in this film however.
At first glance this looks like the British version of The Blackboard Jungle, but at Maudlin Street school headmaster Ted Ray is actually a beloved figure and the kids don't want to see him leave. When they find out that Leslie Phillips is over from the Ministry of Education to make an evaluation this will make sure that Ray does not get the promotion he's looking for.
Out come the practical jokes played on the entire faculty. When your faculty consists of Carry On regulars like Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims, and Charles Hawtrey you're guaranteed of some great reactions.
Hawtrey looks truly ridiculous in that gown that went out with Mr. Chips.
That itching powder at the teacher conference was classic as was a never to be forgotten version of Romeo&Juliet.
Lots of laughs in this Carry On film.
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