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Carry on, Constable (1960)

 -  Comedy  -  February 1960 (UK)
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With a flu epidemic running rife, three new bumbling recruits are assigned to Inspector Mills police station. With help from Special Constable Gorse, they manage to totally wreck the ... See full summary »

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Sidney James ...
Sgt. Frank Wilkins
Eric Barker ...
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Charles Hawtrey ...
Kenneth Williams ...
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Joan Sims ...
Hattie Jacques ...
Sgt. Laura Moon
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Cyril Chamberlain ...
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. May
Irene Handl ...
Distraught Mother
Terence Longdon ...
Herbert Hall
Jill Adams ...
Freddie Mills ...
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With a flu epidemic running rife, three new bumbling recruits are assigned to Inspector Mills police station. With help from Special Constable Gorse, they manage to totally wreck the operations of the police force and let plenty of criminals get away, even before they arrive at the station. They all have to prove themselves or else they'll be out of a job and Sergeant Wilkins will be transferred. Sub-plots include romances between Wilkins and Moon, Constable and Passworthy. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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The first "Carry On..." film to include some nudity. See more »

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When Sgt. Wilkins and P.C. Thurston go on patrol in the police car, it's registration number varies between scenes, from 892FPC to UUV133. See more »

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Mrs. May: [drunkenly] As a connoisseur of police personalities, let me state that I have never before been arrested with such charm. Never! I salute her!
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Followed by Carry on Spying (1964) See more »

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The best of the series
14 June 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

This is my favourite of the lot, a funny and swiftly paced comedy with hilarious performances. Like 'Carry On Sergeant' this has the feel of a 'Police Academy' film made in a more innocent time, with funny jokes and charm and other things lacking in those later films.

Anyway. When the local police station is hit by a bout of flu, a bunch of coppers straight out of training school are sent out to cover for the sick bobbies; needless to say they blunder their way through their beats and enrage the Inspector (Erik Barker, excellent). Watching over them is understanding Sergeant Sid James, who's also really good.

The whole cast is great here, actually: Kenneth Connor, always my favourite of the regular cast, is absolutely hilarious as a superstitious copper; he acts more energetically with his nose and eyebrows than most of the others do with their entire bodies! Also brilliant are Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims (very sexy here) and Charles Hawtrey, who as usual looks as though he's having the time of his life. Hattie Jaques is extremely warm and appealing as the superior officer with a soft spot for James, and the whole lot of them are great fun to watch.

Do all the gags land? No, there are bits and pieces that fall flat, but in general this is a lot of fun.


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