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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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DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD (Gerald Thomas, 1966) **1/2 See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)

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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The characters break the fourth wall three times throughout the film: the first is when Sir Rodney first meets Jacqueline, the second is at Ffing House just after Camembert sends Bidet to follow Desiree, and the third is when Sir Rodney is with Desiree in the rose arbour.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Pommfrit swings out of a window during the fight scene in the Chateau Neuf. When he re-enters, he starts fighting a soldier with a black hat. When the soldier smashes the bottle of wine with his sword in the next shot (and for the remainder of the fight), the hat is gone.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Greatest Ever Carry On Films (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD (Gerald Thomas, 1966) **1/2, 21 December 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I've only watched 8 of the long-running and hugely popular "Carry On" films; their overall quality is quite patchy, but the most consistently entertaining so far have been CARRY ON...UP THE KHYBER (1968) and CARRY ON HENRY (1971). This one was actually in the same vein as the latter i.e. a period romp and, in fact, I find their brand of bawdy humor works best in this environment - not only because it allows for a contrast between modern times and the era being lampooned (including, in this case, parlor entertainment that features a minstrel tune whose chorus is lifted from The Beatles' "She Loves You"!) but also because it gives the low-budget films a semblance of grandeur not possible with their outings having contemporary settings.

I decided to check this film before others in the series (happily, my local DVD rental outlet carries a handful of them) because I'm currently going through a bit of a swashbuckling phase as part of my Christmas marathon. Anyway, it's an extremely typical offering (despite dropping the "Carry On" from the title, though it did get renamed CARRY ON PIMPERNEL for the U.S.) that obviously deals with the French Revolution, which is being thwarted by a Scarlet Pimpernel-type figure who calls himself "The Black Fingernail" and leaves as his calling card a drawing with the "Up Yours!" gesture: the overall effect is hit-or-miss and the pace rather sluggish for what should essentially be a zippy adventure - but the host of practiced regulars from the series are in good form, thus ensuring the occasional hilarious moment or quip (usually for this gang, these would be double entendres and even include asides to the audience!).

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