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In one scene where the Colonel is seen placing bets with the medical orderly, Wilfrid Hyde-White changed the name of the horse from the scripted "Bloody Mary" to "Rambler", which Hyde-White had backed earlier in the day. Harry Locke visibly reacts to the name change, but doesn't spoil the take.
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The "Carry On..." debut of Joan Sims. Sims became the longest serving female member of the Carry On team, appearing in 24 of the series from 1959.
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The closing visual joke with the daffodil was so popular with American audiences, that plastic daffodils were given away at theatres screening the film.
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Originally, the film ended with the projected romance between patient Longden and nurse Eaton. However, the daffodil scene was thought to make a stronger ending.
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"Carry On" regular actor Bernard Bresslaw was not cast in this film, but his legs and feet did make an appearance during the scene where Ted York (Terence Longdon) is having a bath being bathed by Joan Sims. The legs of Longdon were thought to be too thin, so Bresslaw acted as a body double for them.
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Kenneth Williams kept falling asleep, due to the combination of warm studio lights and acting on a bed. When Gerald Thomas would wake him up, Kenny would swear blind that he wasn't asleep. So the next time it happened, Thomas put a sign around his neck, and took a photograph. When Kenny tried to wriggle his way out of it again with protestations of not being asleep, Gerald showed him the photograph - apparently Kenny's language became very colourful.
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This is the most successful Carry On film of all time in the US. It was even shown in cinemas three years after its official release and led to Norman Hudis to leave for Hollywood to write many of their successful movies.
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When the film was released, Wilfrid Hyde-White's agent threatened to sue, on the grounds that the backside used in the daffodil gag belonged to someone other than his client. The action was dropped when it was revealed that the whole thing was done by suggestion, and that no backside is seen.
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Bob Monkhouse was offered to play a major role, but passed because he thought the fee being offered was far too low.
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Kenneth Connor (Bernie Bishop) was the real life father of Jeremy Connor (Jeremy Bishop).
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Originally there was a joke in the film concerning the lead weights holding Bill Owen's leg in the air. When the tag line was "Pick up Mr Hickson's Ball's" was put before the censors, they thought it to much.
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When the film became as big a hit as Carry On Sergeant (1958), Peter Rogers announced that the next four films would be Carry On films. He decided to offer the Carry On team a percentage of the takings, as opposed to a fee, but they declined. Years later, whenever anyone complained about the money, he just reminded them of this fact.
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Based on the same original play as Twice Round the Daffodils (1962). Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Jill Ireland, and Frank Forsyth appear in both films.
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When Hinton is seen crying with his headphones on, a comment is made about him listening to 'Mrs Dale's Diary'. 'Mrs Dale's Diary' was a BBC radio serial which ran from 1948 to 1969. It was broadcast daily and was very popular.
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Some of the film's literal English language translations of its foreign language titles were "40 Degrees of Love" (Belgium, South America), "41 Degrees of Love" (Germany), "Isn't It Wonderful Doctor" (Denmark), "Nurse Does All The Work" (Greece) and "Laughing Gas & Beautiful Girls" (Finland).
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Jeremy Connor, who portrayed Bert the boxer's son, only said his lines when Gerald Thomas promised him sweets.
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Wilfrid Hyde-White, living in America at the time, agreed to play the Colonel without reading the script and getting paid to return to England so allowing him to attend the Grand National Horse race. A picture of a horse is seen on the bedside locker cupboard next to him during scenes.
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Many sources list Patrick Cargill being in this film, but BFI Special Collection has all the contracts for screen performers in this and Cargill's name does not feature amongst those who were signed.
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Producer Peter Rogers was offered a five picture deal on the strength of this film's box office success.
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The picture was fully funded by the National Film Finance Corporation.
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This was the number one film of 1959, and this was the basis for the five film deal Peter Rogers got from Anglo Amalgamated.
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Gerald Thomas must have realised what a success the Carry Ons were to be, as he negotiated a 'profits' deal on each film, and by the 6-7 film was on equal money as Peter Rogers.
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The film was based on the play Ring for Catty by Patrick Cargill and Jack Beale.. When the rights were bought in 1956 it was then shelved for over a year until Richard Attenborough and the Boulting Brothers expressed interest in it. Sydney Box then paid a further £1,000 to secure the rights and Peter Rogers registered the original title along with two others including Carry on Nurse.
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Joan Sims was the second choice to play Nurse Dawson.
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Second "Carry On" movie in the British comedy film franchise series.
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Second of three appearances in "Carry On" movies for actress Shirley Eaton. The others were Carry On Sergeant (1958) and Carry On Constable (1960). These were three of the first four "Carry On" movies.
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First of four medical "Carry On" movies with the subsequent ones being Carry On Doctor (1967), Carry On Matron (1972) and Carry On Again Doctor (1969).
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The nickname of Percy Hickson (Bill Owen) was "Perc".
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Wilfrid Hyde-White received a 'guest star' credit whilst Michael Medwin received a 'guest appearance' credit.
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The picture was the only ever "Carry On" movie featuring actress Jill Ireland.
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The name of the medical facility was the "Haven Hospital". The name of the men's surgical ward where much of the action takes place was the "King George V Ward".
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At the same time Joan Sims was filming this Carry On movie, she was appearing in the West End play "Breath of Spring" at the Duke of York's Theatre.
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The majority of the saucy high jinks and medical madness came from true stories told to Norman Hudis by his wife, who was a nurse.
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The original ending was going to be the romance between Reporter Ted York and nurse Denton, until Peter Rogers decided on the celebrated daffodil gag.
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When Bernard Bresslaw was asked to double for Terence Longdon he was already working at the studio on Too Many Crooks (1959).
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Wilfrid Hyde-White was paid £2,000 for his role.
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The film was the most successful in Britain in 1959.
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John Mathews worked four weeks.
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Shirley Eaton portrayed a character, Dorothy Denton, who had a last name that rhymed with her own. Jill Ireland played a character, Jill Thompson, who had the same first name as her own.
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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