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Carry On laughing until you have hysterics, but...Don't Lose Your Head!
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman at Execution (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)
Aileen Lewis ... Citizen (uncredited)
Diana MacNamara ... Princess Stephanie (uncredited)

Elspeth March ... Lady Binder (uncredited)
Michael Nightingale ... 'What locket?' Man (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Citizen (uncredited)
Julian Orchard ... Rake (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ... Citizen (uncredited)
Christine Pryor ... Girl (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Messenger (uncredited)
Anna Willoughby ... Girl (uncredited)
Karen Young ... Girl (uncredited)

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)
Peter Williams .... draughtsman (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)
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)
Fred Graver .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Selby-Walker .... costumes
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Vi Murray .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
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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Also Known As:
"Don't Lose Your Head" - UK (original title)
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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Alternate titles included "Short Back and Sides", "Heads You Lost", "Death Of A Hat Salesman" , "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Tourniquet" and "A Romance of the French Revolution by Talbot Rothwell or a script with cuts in it by Ivor Guillotine.See more »
Continuity: Sir Rodney and Darcy blow open the door to the Chateau Neuf with a barrel of gunpowder, using a trail of powder as a fuse. The fuse works and the barrel explodes, despite the fact that there are clearly breaks of several inches in the trail where it climbs up the steps to the door.See more »
[first lines]
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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Scarlet Pimpernel, ooh I say madame, 7 September 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Dandy fop Sir Rodney Effing has an alter ego, The Black Fingernail. A man, who along with his partner, Lord Darcy Pue, rescue French aristocrats from the clutches of the revolutionary police chief, Citizen Camembert.

Carry On producer Peter Rogers had severed his links with Anglo Amalgamated and swiftly signed up with Rank Organisation. Miffed at losing their number one cash franchise, and no doubt with a touch of petulance, Anglo's brass refused Rogers permission to using the "Carry On" prefix. Thus this picture was initially released as just "Don't Lose Your Head" in 1966. Eventually common sense prevailed, and this rightly became known as the 13th franchise entry as "Carry On Don't Lose Your Head" {tho the American release of it being called "Carry On Pimpernel" makes better sense one feels}.

Spoofing The Scarlet Pimpernel legacy with a ream of innuendo and double entendre's, the Carry On team deliver one of the better efforts from the series. This is in the main down to Talbot Rothwell's screenplay. Rothwell wrote the screenplay for 20 of the series efforts, he was someone who director and producer both trusted, and crucially that the cast also had faith in. Here his writing is excellent, if of course you be a fan of the saucy shenanigans that came with this particular part of British cinema that is? With characters called Citizen Camembert {refered to as the big cheese, get it?}, Duc de Pommfrit, Citizen Bidet and Sir Rodney Effing {yes that's two F's}, Rothwell lets loose with wave after wave of cheeky dialogue, all delivered with comic aplomb from the likes of Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale and the undervalued Peter Butterworth.

There's also a real good production from Rogers. Armed with £200,000, Rogers assembled a fine wardrobe of period costumes and hired out Clandon Hall, Cliveden House and Waddesdon Manor to give the story its 18th Century feel. It's also a film that asks of its stalwarts to do a little bit more than just say risqué lines and act the goat. Oh it's all still gaudy and simple in premise, for sure, but some nice swordplay and derring-do from the boys shouldn't go unnoticed. It of course is just like most of the others they made, a cheeky romp, but to me it's proof positive that the "Carry On" series had some crackers mixed in with the dregs. Sit back and romp with the rompers I say. 7.5/10

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