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14 December 1967 (USA) See more »
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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)
Diana MacNamara ... Princess Stephanie (uncredited)
Elspeth March ... Lady Binder (uncredited)
Michael Nightingale ... 'What locket?' Man (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)
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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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)

Did You Know?

The film takes place in France and England in 1789.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the several soldiers get out of the coach outside the Bastille, the coach can be seen quite clearly rocking from left to right which would suggest that soldiers are boarding through one door (out of shot) and coming out the other (in shot).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...
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Movie Connections:
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Ffing good!, 28 January 2015
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Having been replaced by Harry H. Corbett for Carry On Screaming following a heart attack, Sid James rejoins the Carry On line-up for Don't Lose Your Head and puts in one of his funniest performances ever as British dandy Sir Rodney Ffing, who, along with his good friend Lord Darcy Pue (Jim Dale), travels to France to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. Whether camping it up in powdered wig and make up while affecting a lisp as the effete Ffing, or cutting a dash as his daring alter ego The Black Fingernail, James can do no wrong, milking every gag for all its worth, wringing laughs from even the corniest double entendre. Sid's most definitely back and he's loving every minute!

The rest of the regulars are also on fine form: Dale is delightful as Ffing's foppish pal Darcy, Williams plays the part of French Chief of Secret Police Camembert with gusto, Hawtrey is hilarious as wimpish aristocrat Duc de Pommfrit, Peter Butterworth does bumbling brilliantly as Citizen Bidet, and the lovely Joan Sims (my favourite Carry On performer) is utterly charming as ample-bosomed Désirée Dubarry. Of course, it doesn't hurt that they're working with such a wonderful script, which is sharper than the blade on Madame la Guillotine: the gags flow thick and fast, with fantastic puns, impeccable innuendo, cheesy one-liners, and even a couple of wonderful moments where the characters break the fourth wall to address the audience.

After much hilarity, viewers are treated to a rousing finale featuring a surprisingly well choreographed sword-fight scene involving James, Hawtree and Dale (Sid seems remarkably sprightly for a man whose recently had a heart attack!) and lots of knockabout stunts, including copious chandelier swinging. It's a great way to conclude what proves to be one of the most enjoyable entries in the series.

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