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Carry on Matron (1972)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 19 May 1972 (UK)
A gang of thieves plan to make their fortune by stealing a shipment of contraceptive pills from Finisham maternity hospital. They assume disguises and infiltrate the hospital, but ... See full summary »

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A gang of thieves plan to make their fortune by stealing a shipment of contraceptive pills from Finisham maternity hospital. They assume disguises and infiltrate the hospital, but everything doesn't go according to plan. The hypochondriac consultant Sir Bernard Cutting, Matron and the doctors and nurses at Finisham have a habit of getting in the way. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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19 May 1972 (UK)  »

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Antaa mennä ylihoitsu  »

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Margaret Nolan appears in a single scene in which she tells Terry Scott as Dr Prodd that despite her concerns about her 88-year-old husband's ability to conceive, she is now pregnant. She had originally written a letter to Gerald Thomas stating that she would be happy to work with him again in a Carry On film and was offered the part in a response two weeks later. See more »

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As Sid and his villains drive into Finisham Hospital car park in their Ford Zodiac, it can be clearly seen that the car has two normal windscreen wipers. However, when you see a view of them sitting in the car after it has stopped, the windscreen wipers are nowhere to be seen, only the stalks where the wipers should be are visible. See more »

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[studying a plan of the hospital]
Ernie Bragg: My mum had me on top of a bus.
Sid Carter: I'm glad he told us that, makes the job much easier.
Ernie Bragg: Number 73, it was. Bang in the middle of Brixton High Street.
Sid Carter: Alright, alright, so you're a born traveller. Now will you shut up for a minute and listen.
[returning to plan]
Sid Carter: Now, as far as I can see, the only way we can get into the basement, here, is through the front door of the hospital, there.
Freddy: Can't be right.
Sid Carter: Why not?
Freddy: Number 73 don't go to Brixton.
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Alternative Titles: "Womb at the Top" and "The Preggers Opera" See more »

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One of the better later Carry ons
22 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I love most of the Carry on films, especially Cleo, Up the Khyber and my favourite Screaming. And I do admit I prefer in general the earlier entries, which had more fun and charm in alternative to the later entries some of which had an over-reliance on smut.

Carry on Matron may have some slow-moving scenes and a thin and predictable plot, with some odd moments of overly-smutty innuendos and crude slapstick. But thanks to the witty gags, sharp script and fun performances, even with its shortcomings it still manages to be one of the better and funnier later entries of the series.

The production values are pleasant, the music is suitably quirky and the direction is solid. What really drives the film are the performances. Hattie Jacques does a fine job in the title role and Charles Hawtrey is as good as ever. The wonderful Kenneth Williams is hilarious and has some of the best lines and scenes, and Sid James plays it straight in a somewhat atypical role. And I mustn't forget the lovely cameos of Kenneth Connor as the nervous dad-to-be and Joan Sims as the overdue mum either.

All in all, an entertaining film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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