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Carry on Teacher -- The pupils at Maudlin Street School are devastated to learn that their beloved head teacher is applying for jobs elsewhere. They come up with a way to make him stay - ruining his reputation in front of a Ministry Inspector!


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Release Date:
October 1962 (USA) See more »
That laugh-crazy "Carry On" shower at their hilarious best! See more »
Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not that funny but quite gentle and broad comedy that is amusing if not hilarious See more (23 total) »


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Kenneth Connor ... Gregory Adams
Charles Hawtrey ... Michael Bean

Leslie Phillips ... Alistair Grigg
Joan Sims ... Sarah Allcock
Kenneth Williams ... Edwin Milton
Hattie Jacques ... Grace Short
Rosalind Knight ... Felicity Wheeler
Cyril Chamberlain ... Alf Hudson
Ted Ray ... William 'Wakie' Wakefield, the Headmaster
Richard O'Sullivan ... Robin Stevens - Saboteur
George Howell ... Billy Haig - Saboteur
Diana Beevers ... Penelope 'Penny' Lee - Saboteur
Jacqueline Lewis ... Pat Gordon - Saboteur
Roy Hines ... Harry Bird - Saboteur
Carol White ... Sheila Dale - Saboteur
Jane White ... Irene Ambrose - Saboteur
Paul Cole ... John Atkins - Saboteur
Larry Dann ... Student - Saboteur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Francesca Annis ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Josephine Bailey ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
David Barry ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Sandra Bryant ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Jeremy Bulloch ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Peter Cleall ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Terry Cooke ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Leonard Davey ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Jane Evans ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Daphne Foreman ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Irene French ... Monica (uncredited)
Patricia Garwood ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Vikki Harrington ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Lorna Henderson ... Pianiste (uncredited)
Diane Langton ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
David Tilley ... Schoolboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Writing credits
Norman Hudis (original screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Bruce Montgomery 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer (director of photography) (as Reginald Wyer)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Casting by
Betty White 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
Makeup Department
Olga Angelinetta .... hairdressing
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Ian Goddard .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David Tringham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Terence Morgan .... set dressing
Sound Department
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon K.McCallum)
Les Wiggins .... sound editor (as Leslie Wiggins)
Ken Barker .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Cyril Crowhurst .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Gus Lloyd .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hume .... camera operator
Steve Claydon .... focus puller (uncredited)
Robin Vidgeon .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Staffell .... wardrobe (as Laurell Staffell)
Editorial Department
Vera Dover .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Jim Sibley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce Montgomery .... music director
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (2001) (2006)

Did You Know?

Dora Bryan was considered for the part of Miss Alcock.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Michael Bean:My beautiful, wrecked, piano!
Edwin Milton:Does that mean you won't be able to finish composing the music for the play?
Michael Bean:Real composers don't require pianos, it is all in the mind.
Edwin Milton:Best place for it.
Michael Bean:Never wanted my music, have you?
Edwin Milton:Well, Tchaikovsky would have done me, if I'd *had* to have music at all. Personally...
Michael Bean:Out with it, what's your objection? Come on, let's have all of it, come on let's have it!
Edwin Milton:All right it's already my Herculian task to coax anything like audability from these children. If, in addition, I have to cope with an orchestra that makes a lullaby sound like the climax to 1812...
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not that funny but quite gentle and broad comedy that is amusing if not hilarious, 13 February 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Maudin Street School is hardly a paradise and, when a new school starts looking for a headmaster in his rural hometown, the Maudin headmaster plans to go for the job. However his first problem is a school inspector and child psychologist coming to visit the school and give it a full assessment. On learning this news the pupils decide to get a bit of revenge on the headmaster and the staff by orchestrating a campaign of problems and bad behaviour; but not so direct that the staff will be able to work out who is responsible and easily bring it to a halt.

In the third of the Carry On series, the film moves away from the basic template of Sergeant and Constable and goes for a different plot in a school setting. The basic frame is that the staff are being forced into a series of pratfalls by the scheming pupils while busily trying to impress the inspectors at the same time. Into this mix is thrown the usual element of romance (with Connor getting his third bite at the "shy man desired by forward female" cherry in three films) and the whole thing is rather slight. The humour doesn't have the heavy focus on bums, tits and innuendo that the series developed but this is not to say that it is the height of wit because it is not. Instead the humour is a mix of physical humour and some mild word play and, as such it is actually quite amusing if you are in the mood, although I'd be surprised if you found yourself roaring with laughter at any point.

The cast are OK even if they are mostly just repeating the roles they have had from the first two Carry On films. As I said Connor has the same character and essentially the same subplot but is OK with it. Hawtrey camps it up well while Williams is nicely proper and stuck up. Phillips does his usual stuff reasonably well in a minor role but his partner, Knight, is not that good and is a bit stiff. Sims continues with the "fanciable female" role in this film (although she would become more the "battleaxe wife" as the series went on) and didn't totally convince me. After being a bit flat in Constable, Jacques has a good slice of the comedy while also having her usual matron-style character.

Overall this is an OK entry into the series although those used to the more bawdry entries into the series may be a little disappointed with how slight it is. The plot is unengaging and only acts as a frame for the comedy that is mainly pratfalls with some wit in the dialogue. Few viewers will be roaring with laughter (or even laughing out loud that much) but it is a little bit harmless fun that should distract for a short while.

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