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Carry on Matron (1972)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  May 1972 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ...
Kenneth Williams ...
Charles Hawtrey ...
Joan Sims ...
Hattie Jacques ...
Kenneth Cope ...
Terry Scott ...
Jacki Piper ...
Bill Maynard ...
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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 <>

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Jack Douglas didn't receive a fee for his cameo appearance. Instead producer Peter Rogers sent him a crate of twelve bottles of Dom Perignon champagne. See more »


On Dr Prodd's "trophy" wall, the Charing Cross and Bart's photos swap positions. See more »


Dr. Francis A. Goode: As a matter of fact I was talking to my wife only the other day. "Hamlet," I said... I call her Hamlet because she thinks she's a Great Dane. Isn't it silly?
Sir Bernard Cutting: Dr Goode, I am not interested in your wife.
Dr. Francis A. Goode: That's a funny thing. Neither am I.
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Alternative Titles: "Womb at the Top" and "The Preggers Opera" See more »


Followed by Carry on Abroad (1972) See more »

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Another barrel of laughs from the Carry On crew
21 November 2002 | by (Finisham) – See all my reviews

With its delightfully corny old jokes, cringe-inducing wordplay and flagrantly over-the-top performances, CARRY ON MATRON resembles a particularly outrageous end-of-the-pier farce, but the sheer energy and exuberance of the performers (and of Talbot Rothwell's tightly-packed screenplay) keep it entertaining and compelling throughout. Series fans will get a kick out of seeing the usually uptight and prudish Williams playing against type as an insatiable sexual predator, forcing himself on the flustered Matron in an almost hysteria-inducing scene that sees both actors on top form, milking the juicy dialogue for all it's worth. A good example is as follows -

MATRON : You don't understand! I'm a simple woman with simple tastes, and I want to be wooed! SIR BERNARD : Oooh, you can be as WUDE as you like with me!

Elsewhere, Sid James has a rare straight role as a cockney crook, Kenneth Cope is touchingly funny as his reluctantly cross-dressing son, Bernard Bresslaw is lumberingly moronic (and I love that hippie-ish wig he wears!), Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor are a memorable odd couple, and there are fine cameos by Madeline Smith, Valerie Leon and Margaret Nolan. Don't forget to watch for the scene where Terry Scott gets injected, as he tactfully puts it, "up the archipelago" - after what he went through in CARRY ON CAMPING, he must have had the most painful posterior in the business!

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