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Carry on Nurse (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 16 September 1960 (USA)
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks ... See full summary »


Gerald Thomas


Patrick Cargill (idea), Jack Beale (idea) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Connor ... Bernie Bishop
Shirley Eaton ... Staff Nurse Dorothy Denton
Charles Hawtrey ... Humphrey Hinton
Hattie Jacques ... Matron
Terence Longdon ... Ted York
Bill Owen ... Percy 'Perc' Hickson
Leslie Phillips ... Jack Bell
Joan Sims ... Student Nurse Stella Dawson
Susan Stephen ... Nurse Georgie Axwell
Kenneth Williams ... Oliver Reckitt
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... The Colonel (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Susan Beaumont Susan Beaumont ... Nurse Frances James
Ann Firbank ... Helen Lloyd
Joan Hickson ... Sister
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Bert Able


Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks past, with only Reckitt standing up to her. There's a colonel who is a constant nuisance, a bumbling nurse, a romance between Ted York and Nurse Denton, and Bell who wants his bunion removed straight away, so after drinking alcohol, the men decide to remove the bunion themselves! Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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By Far The Screen's Fastest, Funniest Farce! See more »


Comedy | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Wilfrid Hyde-White received a 'guest star' credit whilst Michael Medwin received a 'guest appearance' credit. See more »


When the Nurse says to Mr Bishop "What a big fuss about such a little thing" - her lips are saying something completely different. See more »


Sister: It's Matron's round.
Percy Hickson: Mine's a pint!
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Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema release cuts were made to remove some crude dialogue and footage. Among them a referral to spilt ball-bearings ("You can pick up Mr Hickson's balls"), the nurse's comment to Bernie after his shorts are removed ("What a big fuss about such a little thing") lost a shot of Bernie peering under the bed sheet, and Ted's hospital shaving scene was cut to remove the shots of Mick splashing him (below screen) with shaving cream. The latter was later restored to video releases although other cut footage may be lost forever. See more »


Followed by Carry On Spying (1964) See more »

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Welcome to Haven Hospital
20 March 2006 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Carry On Nurse was the second of the Carry On movies and also the first of the medical ones.

This one is about life in a ward in Haven Hospital. The patients include a boxer, nuclear scientist and a Major. We get to see one of them snogging a nurse, the Major always calling for help and, best of all, the patients trying to do a bunion operation while breathing in laughing gas! There is also an accident prone nurse to add to the chaos.

I find this to be one of the funnier Carry Ons and is shot well in black and white.

Now to the cast, which includes plenty of well known stars joining the regulars: Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Conner, Charles Hawtrey, Leslie Phillips and the Carry On debuts of Joan Sims and June Whitfield. With Bond girl Shirley Eaton (before she was painted gold in Goldfinger), Bill Owen (Compo from Last Of the Sumer Wine), Norman Rossington, Joan Hickson (Miss Marple), Susan Shaw, Jill Ireland (Charles Bronson's wife) and Wilfred Hyde-White as the Major.

Have a good laugh with Carry On Nurse. Great fun.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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16 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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