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A group of students at an elite music school decide to share a flat in order to cut their living costs and have somewhere to practice together. They get into quite a few scraps and ... See full summary »

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Sir Benjamin Boyd
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Mervyn Hughes
Paul Massie ...
Malcolm Stewart
Kenneth Williams ...
Harold Chesney
Liz Fraser ...
Miranda Kennaway
Eric Barker ...
Dr. Morgan Rutherford
Jennifer Jayne ...
Jill Clemons
Jimmy Thompson ...
Alex Spendlove
Sidney James ...
Sid
Esma Cannon ...
Mrs. Deevens
Geoffrey Keen ...
Sir John
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Janet
Victor Maddern ...
Removal Man
Lance Percival ...
Harry
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Bostwick
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A group of students at an elite music school decide to share a flat in order to cut their living costs and have somewhere to practice together. They get into quite a few scraps and adventures, including impersonating a celebrity quintet. However when Mervyn Hughes accidentally sells a catchy pop tune to an advertising agency he risks losing his scholarship unless he and his friends can raise the money to buy the rights back. Written by bob the moo

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A Laugh in every Note !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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26 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The conductor's joke about the girl's harp sounding like skeletons making love on a tin roof is actually a paraphrase of a quip from famed British conductor Thomas Beecham, who described the sound of the harpsichord (NOT harp) as being like "skeletons copulating on a tin roof." See more »

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When Mervyn (Leslie Phillips) writes his tune, he is drunk and the story about it gets sent to a music paper, gets printed and published and sent to the shops, and gets read all before his hangover from that time wears off. See more »

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William Tell Overture
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Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played during Chesney's performance for the scholarship
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Carry on musician in the house
20 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I feel desperately sorry for every one involved in this film. It might be the only film that has James Robertson Justice crossing swords with Kenneth Williams. And it must have been a good wheeze to squeeze a 'Carry-on' cast into a college plot that could have, with the necessary alterations, been a 'Doctor in the house' film.

The script is written by Bruce Montgomery, film and light music composer (he wrote the original Carry-On theme) but it collapses under the demands of episodic sub-plots that effectively wreck the two main plots- Leslie Philips being taken for a ride by Music publisher Sid James, and the rivalry between the main characters for a music scholarship.

Bright spots? Yes, Esmee Cannon steals the show (again) as a deaf landlady and Eric Barker's mad professor. But that's it. However, we have at least the satisfaction of knowing Montgomery finished the script. At this time he was sliding into alcoholism, trying to live down the huge success of his early detective novels (All of which have yet to be filmed!).


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