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The third Carry On film in the series, Teacher still manages to maintain
gentle, clean fun of its predecessors.
Many of the favourites are present here (Williams, Hawtrey, Sims, Jacques, Connor) and are well at ease in the roles they would make their own for the next 20 odd years.
Kenneth Connor is a delight as the bumbling science teacher who finds himself falling for the prudish school's inspector while Leslie Phillips is as smooth as he ever was as the well-oiled child psychologist. Ding dong!
It is interesting to note here that at this early stage, it is Joan Sims who plays the blonde bombshell in the series - a much different role to the screaming, bawdy characters she would play later.
To sum up, Teacher is basically a series of set pieces in which the kids of Maudlin Street School, so desperate for their current headmaster not to leave, set about causing havoc so as to create a bad impression for the school inspectors.
Of course it's all harmless, St. Trinians meets Greyfriars fun and there's a happy ending too. In all, a great addition to the series.
This school-based variation on St Trinian's, with the little horrors
(including a very young Richard O'Sullivan) driving their teachers mad, was
one of the earliest of the Carry On series and a particularly good one.
Key members of the team come together here - Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims (always worth watching, hilarious), Hattie Jacques, and Kenneth Connor - alongside other showy actors such as Ted Ray, Leslie Phillips, and Rosalind Knight.
Names are fun as ever (Sims is 'Miss Allcock') and the action is fun, frenetic, and entertaining. I loved the scene with the itching powder that ruins a meeting; as well as the chaos in the staff room - not to mention of course the goings-on with the two horny couples (Phillips and Sims; Connor and Knight). Never a dull moment.
The third Carry On film and arguably the best of the first three, this one is amusing from start and always full of laughs. The jokes are funnier than in the two previous entries, and Leslie Phillips is in particularly good form this time. It is still very silly, and in terms of the plot it is not all that much better than 'Carry On Sergeant' and 'Carry On Nurse', with the practical jokes becoming a bit tiresome towards the end and a story that is very simplistic. Still, the film comes highly recommended from me, as everything seems to fit together rather well, including appropriately used music. It is not a perfect film, but definitely a bit of a delight to watch.
I saw this film last night and its not bad!!!. The cast are trying and it does show!!!. Kenneth Williams gives a good performance as does Charlie and Kenneth Connor Joan is good as is Hattie and Leslie Philips Rosalind Knight gives a fantastic performance.Larry Dann is good even though he only appears only for a short time.Ted ray gives a great performance as Williams Wakie Wakefield the headmaster.This is definitely one of the best highlights of the first 12 films. This is classic Carry on , there are only a few regulars but they do a cracking job. The trouser ripping scene is hilarious.The gin in the tea is classic comedy.10/10
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
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!
The third film in this Carry On series was funnier than the previous two, or
I am now getting the hang of who "the core" cast members may
The plot seemed simple enough, then took a very different twist just toward the end.
Humor-wise, the staff getting drunk was pretty good and that class discussion with Williams did have me laughing and rewinding back ("the girl who lives just down the road from us!")
With still no idea what to expect from the rest of these Carry Ons, it seems to me after three films that there is to be two romances in each films. I suspect that will change eventually.
Best thing I have seen thus far of Carry On was when everyone was hugging at the end of "Teacher" because the headmaster wouldn't be leaving and Williams, Jacques and Hawtrey all hug, each man giving her a kiss in between them.
They all stepped away and Jacques moved to the back.
The two men then came forward again for a very passionate embrace and upon realizing Jacques wasn't with them, they separated and Hawtrey gave Williams such a slap.
Nice fun and a nice perspective on school and education in film, especially this close to "Blackboard Jungle".
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Liverpool comedian Ted Ray was a big Music Hall and Variety star in the 1930s and 40s.He graduated to the wireless and was a Light Programme regular at the time "Carry on Teacher" was made.His vast experience brought real authority to his role as the Headmaster and his is one of the few believable performances in the whole "Carry On" canon. Because it actually touches real life courtesy of Mr Ray,there is a slight unease about the blend of broad humour and the more subtle style he deploys.I found his performance rather affecting. Not quite a franchise by that time,the "Carry On" series gradually took on a life of its own and drew from its ranks its future stars as its popularity grew.Their performances rarely varied - which was part of the attraction - and a pre - sold audience knew exactly what to expect. The longest running - gag in the history of the British cinema.
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I particularly like this carry On, because it looks at something
ordinary and makes it funny. Every child goes to school and you get
some that play jokes on the teachers and make life a nuisance. Gerald
Thomas and Peter Rogers along with Norman Hudis, scriptwriter of this
carry on film have picked up on this and turned it into a comedy carry
As usual there is the carry On established cast: Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Chalres Hawtrey. They are joined by the marvellous Ted Ray, Rosalind Knight and Leslie Phillips. The children are played by the marvellous Richard O Sullivan who is now residing in a retirement home for actors due to illness, Larry Dann who went on to play sergeant Alec Peters in the Bill on ITV1 and Diane Langton who was uncredited.
The film is set in Mauldin Street school, a child psychiatrist has been granted permission to do some research for an upcoming book, he is accompanied by the school inspector Felictiy Wheeler (Knight), they are shown the Maudlin Street hospitality NOT when Stevens (Sullivan) discovers Mr Wakesfield acting Headmaster (Ted ray) is planning to leave the school. They play lots of funny stunts in order for him to stay, find out what happens in this hilarious carry on.
Carry On Teacher is one of the earlier entries in the Carry On series
and I found this quite funny.
The Headmaster at Maudin Street School plans to apply for another job at another school. As the students like him, they don't want him to leave. They decide to play some practical jokes just as school inspectors are about. They put chewing gum and super glue on chairs, saw a piano leg and make it collapse and launch an experimental rocket. Through all of this, two of the teachers fall in love with each other.
This sort of thing never happened when I was at school when the headmaster left!
The cast includes some of the Carry On regulars including Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Conner and Leslie Phillips. With Ted Ray as the Headmaster.
Have a good laugh with Carry On Teacher. Excellent.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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The third film in the famous 'Carry On' series and the only one to star
radio comic Ted Ray. He plays William 'Wakey' Wakefield, headmaster of
Maudin School in London. The cane was still in use in British schools
at this time, but Wakey does not believe in it. He has applied for a
new job, his pupils don't want him to leave and begin a campaign of
anarchy designed to make him ( and the other staff members ) look
incompetent. Child psychologist Alistair Grigg ( Leslie Phillips ) and
school inspector Felicity Wheeler ( Rosalind Knight ) visit about this
time, and witness one disaster after another; the teachers getting
drunk when alcohol from the science lab is put in the staff room
kettle, music master Mr.Michael Bean ( Charles Hawtrey ) falling
through a hole in a floor, gym mistress Miss Alcock's ( Joan Sims )
shorts splitting during strenuous exercise, the scenery collapses
during the school play, and there's a surfeit of stunts involving
itching powder, fake spiders and so on.
While at times this feels more like a 'St.Trinians' movie than a 'Carry On', it delivers the goods in the laughter stakes. Norman Hudis was better at constructing story lines than his successor Talbot Rothwell, and Ted Ray is very good as the put-upon headmaster ( a role planned originally for Eric Barker ). The old gang of Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor are fortunately still around. Strange to see Hawtrey as one of the masters when previously he'd been 'head naughty boy' in the Will Hay films. Two of the teachers find romance; Miss Wheeler with Connor's shy Gregory Adams, and Grigg with Miss Alcock. As soon as the old lecher claps eyes on the latter, he mutters her name thus: "All...cock!". Among the 'saboteurs' are a couple of future stars - Richard O'Sullivan ( whose character is called 'Robin', believe it or not! ) and Carol White ( of the groundbreaking B.B.C. play 'Cathy Come Home' ).
Funniest moment? The shorts ripping scene. Thanks to Sims its better than it should be. And made funnier by the fact Phillips is standing behind her.
I also love Williams' view on corporal punishment: "You bend a child double in order to give him an upright character?".
Ray made no further 'Carry On' appearances; his place in the next entry - 'Carry On Constable' - was taken by a newcomer to the series - Sidney James.
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