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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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CARRY ON TEACHER (Gerald Thomas, 1959) *** See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Robert W. Laing .... draughtsman (uncredited)
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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Additional Details

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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?

One of the boys is 17 year old Larry Dann. He would reappear 16 years later in the last 3 official Carry On films (Carry on Behind (1975), Carry on England (1976) & Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)) playing much bigger roles.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 »
Grace Short:Mr Wakefield, these children discovered you were planning to leave. They don't want you to leave. It's as simple as that. They feel, as does the entire school, that Maudlin Street wouldn't be the same without you. They thought of getting up a petition...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in That's Carry On! (1977)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
CARRY ON TEACHER (Gerald Thomas, 1959) ***, 12 January 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This one seems to me to be an underrated “Carry On” film – which, again, the series website mini-review puts down by labeling it atypical (the school setting making CARRY ON TEACHER feel more like an unofficial entry in the contemporaneous “St. Trinian’s” franchise, which I’m only vaguely familiar with and has actually just been revived)!

While there are some flat spots on occasion, and a few of the gags are extended to their ultimate detriment, the film is generally hilarious (with a fair share of side-splitting moments); besides, the series’ notorious lewdness – mainly evident in the previous entry, CARRY ON NURSE (1959), during its closing moment – is inescapable here, given that Joan Sims’ physical education teacher has been suggestively named Allcock (which Leslie Philips’ character keeps harping on, having fallen for her at first-sight)!

Several of the actors from NURSE return here: these include unacknowledged series performers such as the afore-mentioned Philips (again, incarnating the playboy type but who also happens to be a child psychologist!), Rosalind Knight (her small role as the studious nurse has been amplified here to the similarly workaholic school auditor – though she’s made to share a hesitant romance with Kenneth Connor, playing the nuclear scientist this time around but relentlessly flubbing his lines in anxiety) and Cyril Chamberlain (the delusional patient of CARRY ON NURSE is now the school janitor).

Kenneth Williams, then, is the English Literature teacher (he’s been assigned to stage “Romeo & Juliet” for the annual prize-day – the students, however, are disappointed that the text has been significantly ‘cleaned-up’!); Charles Hawtrey is the music instructor (who is also to provide accompaniment for the play – the constant bickering between both teachers over whether predominance should be given to Shakespeare’s words or the dramatic emphasis allowed by the score is one of the film’s mainstays, with Williams questioning Hawtrey’s very talent by comparing the latter’s work to a dirge…and, sure enough, that’s what his eventual ‘incidental music’ sounds like on the day of the performance!); corpulent Hattie Jacques is once again the indomitable female type, playing the maths professor.

Ted Ray – whom I’d never heard of, but is supposedly a comedy institution in Britain – is the long-suffering acting headmaster. He’s against punishing students, though he’s almost driven to it after the children turn the school – the address, by the way, is on Maudlin Street! – upside down during the inspectors’ one-week stay…except that this transpires to be a deliberate scheme on their part to quash Ray’s chance at a position in another college, because they don’t want him to leave!! The latter element actually leads to an uncharacteristic, sentimental GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS-style ending.

Among the highlights are Connor’s hand-made rocket going through the roof during science class, Hawtrey falling through the floor of a room, Sims’ judo attack on the persistent Philips, the students’ various pranks on their instructors (such as having the tea spiked with alcohol, spreading itching powder in the teachers’ room, or faking a bomb plant), and the disastrous climactic performance of “Romeo & Juliet”.

P.S. Incidentally, a British comic who excelled in playing schoolmasters was Will Way – and in one of these, THE GOOSE STEPS OUT (1942), Charles Hawtrey himself was featured as a student!

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