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Writer:
Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 December 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Carry On laughing until you have hysterics, but...Don't Lose Your Head!
Plot:
The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sidney James ... Sir Rodney Ffing / The Black Fingernail
Kenneth Williams ... Citizen Camembert

Jim Dale ... Lord Darcy Pue
Charles Hawtrey ... Duc de Pommfrit
Peter Butterworth ... Citizen Bidet
Joan Sims ... Désirée Dubarry
Dany Robin ... Jacqueline
Peter Gilmore ... Citizen Robespierre
Marianne Stone ... Landlady
Michael Ward ... Henri
Leon Greene ... Malabonce
David Davenport ... Sergeant
Richard Shaw ... Captain of Soldiers
Valerie Van Ost ... Second Lady / Girl at Execution
Jennifer Clulow ... First Lady
Jacqueline Pearce ... Third Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Allen ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ronnie Brody ... Little Man (uncredited)
June Cooper ... Girl (uncredited)
Billy Cornelius ... Soldier (uncredited)
Monika Dietrich ... Girl (uncredited)
Hugh Futcher ... Guard (uncredited)
Joan Ingram ... Bald-headed Dowager (uncredited)
Penny Keen ... Girl (uncredited)
Diana MacNamara ... Princess Stephanie (uncredited)
Elspeth March ... Lady Binder (uncredited)
Michael Nightingale ... 'What locket?' Man (uncredited)
Julian Orchard ... Rake (uncredited)
Christine Pryor ... Girl (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Messenger (uncredited)
Anna Willoughby ... Girl (uncredited)
Karen Young ... Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Talbot Rothwell  screenplay

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eric Rogers 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rod Nelson-Keys  (as Rod Keys)
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
 
Makeup Department
Stella Rivers .... hair stylist
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist
John Wilcox .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack Swinburne .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Jim Brennan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
Wally Nelson .... sound editor (as W. Nelson)
Danny Daniel .... boom operator (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Diana MacNamara .... stunt double: Duc De Pommfrit (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Devis .... camera operator
Bert Bosher .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Steve Claydon .... focus puller (uncredited)
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Selby-Walker .... costumes
 
Music Department
Eric Rogers .... musical director
 
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Terry Gilbert .... choreographer
Jeremy Taylor .... horse master
Bob Anderson .... fight arranger (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Don't Lose Your Head" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Sir Rodney wedges his snuff box into the guillotine as the Duc De Pommfrit is about to be executed. After he has been hustled away, the snuff box is much higher up and stops the blade dropping anywhere near the Duc's neck.See more »
Quotes:
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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...
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Featured in Carry on Snogging (1998) (TV)See more »
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One of the best of the Carry on series easily, 31 January 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I always have enjoyed the Carry On movies, they are a lot of fun and there are some very talented actors in the series. There are some stinkers like England, Emmanuelle and Columbus sure, but there are gems like Screaming(my personal favourite, Cleo, Up the Khyber and Camping. Don't Lose Your Head is up there with the best entries of the series. For me it wasn't perfect, Jim Dale is wasted and Jacqueline's harp scene is cringe-worthy. However, it is tightly directed, never dull and is beautifully designed. The music is also suitably rousing, and while simple the story spoofs The Scarlet Pimpernel in a very sharp and hilarious manner. The writing and the cast though were what made Don't Lose Your Head as good as it was. Right from the names, brilliant comic incidents and entendres the gags are plentiful and the memorable quotes endless, it is really a very wittily and hilariously written film. The bloody sight exchange is a scream in particular. Sidney James is superb(even when camping it up he still manages to make for a dashing fop), of the Carry On series I think he has only been better in Khyber. Kenneth Williams steals every scene and possibly even the entire film, his comic timing is spot on and it is worth seeing him for his facial expressions alone. Charles Hawtrey has some great lines and delivers them with utter comic conviction, while Joan Sims also excels as a very aptly-named character. Overall, very good and one of the best of an entertaining series. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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