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Carry on Pimpernel (1966)
"Don't Lose Your Head" (original title)

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The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon ... See full summary »



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The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon themselves to aid there French counterparts. Sir Rodney is a master of disguise, and becomes "the black fingernail", scourge of Camembert and Bidet, leaders of the French secret police... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <>

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Carry On laughing until you have hysterics, but...Don't Lose Your Head!


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14 December 1967 (USA)  »

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A row broke out on the set between Joan Sims and Kenneth Williams because he had been rude to her guests who had come to the set for a visit. The feud continued for three days. See more »


When Camembert unfolds the Black Fingernail's calling card in his office, the shot of him doing it shows all four of the fingers of his left hand behind the paper. When we see that it is the calling card, his index and middle fingers have moved in front of the paper. See more »


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Narrator: Paris, 1789. The Great Revolution has begun. The hands of the masses are smeared with the blood of the poor bleeding aristocracy. Every day the tumbrels run a regular half-hour service between the Bastille and the many guillotines around the city. The growing mounds of noble heads are only matched by the growing mounds of unused return tickets. No-one is spared. Madame La Guillotine claims them all. Dukes and Duchesses, Lords and Ladies, men and women of both sexes. A dozen times ...
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A Black Fingernail determined not to become a hanging fingernail.
9 January 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

This time around the Carry On team put their comedic spin on the French Revolution, of all things, and the result is a movie that's up there with the very best of the franchise.

Sid James is The Black Fingernail when he rescues those about to meet le guillotine and Sir Rodney Ffing when he is mixing in polite society. He's aided and abetted by Lord Darcy Pue (Jim Dale) and, together, the daring duo always manage to upset the French authorities while also staying one step ahead of the game. Citizen Camambert (Kenneth Williams) and Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth) are the men tasked to bring The Black Fingernail's antics to an end but that's no easy feat.

Gerald Thomas is in the director's chair, as usual, and Talbot Rothwell is on scripting duties so there's nothing radically different here. As well as the regulars mentioned above we get Charles Hawtrey as the effete Duc De Pommfrit and Joan Sims playing Desiree Dubarry. Despite some of the other regulars being missing this time around you never really notice anything lacking because this film is so packed with great wit, farcical moments and a mix of swashbuckling nonsense and energy that puts the later, and slightly similar, Carry On Dick to absolute shame.

One of the very best Carry Ons from, arguably, their peak period. Even if you dislike some of the other entries in the series you should have some fun with this one.

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