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Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 12 December 1958 (Ireland)
Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

R.F. Delderfield (by), Norman Hudis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hartnell ... Sergeant Grimshawe
Shirley Eaton ... Mary Sage
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Captain Potts
Dora Bryan ... Norah
Bill Owen ... Corporal Bill Copping
Charles Hawtrey ... Peter Golightly
Kenneth Connor ... Horace Strong
Kenneth Williams ... James Bailey
Terence Longdon ... Miles Heywood
Norman Rossington ... Herbert Brown
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Andy Calloway
Hattie Jacques ... Captain Clark
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Gun Sergeant
Arnold Diamond ... Fifth Specialist
Gordon Tanner ... First Specialist
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Storyline

Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they turn out to be, and it's up to Grimshaw to put the no-hopers through their paces. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

It's all about a Dad . . . a Draftee . . . and a Detonation heard round the camp! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Kopf hoch, Brust raus! See more »

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Budget:

£73,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Peter Rogers Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth Williams was paid just £800 for his role. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Potts pins the chart to the training progress board, the board has the intake as No.29 but when the prize giving is announced near the end of the film it is announced as the prize giving for the 60th intake See more »

Quotes

James Bailey: [During bayonet practice:] Don't you think this is a trifle out of date in a world bristling with H-Bombs, Sergeant?
[Golightly charges, only to get caught up in the hanging sack]
Sgt. Grimshawe: Private Bailey, in answer to your question, I'd back him against the H-Bomb any day!
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Followed by Carry on Girls (1973) See more »

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I Doubt Very Few People Watching This In 2005 Will Understand It
19 June 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

In 1960 Britain was the first European country to scrap conscription . This is not to be confused by the American style draft system because with very few exceptions all able bodied men who turned 18 had to serve two years in the forces regardless of social and educational background . The scrapping of conscription was a good thing because there's nothing more dangerously useless to an army than a soldier who doesn't want to be a soldier

I'm pointing this out because that's the concept behind CARRY ON SERGEANT - A professional NCO who receives the worst possible raw recruits into his platoon and you find yourself questioning who you're supposed to feel sorry for the most , the recruits who don't want to be there or the sergeant who doesn't want them there but that wouldn't have been the case when this film was made , a 1958 audience would have related more to the recruits than to the sergeant . This sort of idea will go above the heads of a modern day audience and the film has dated very badly not least because it's the very first in CARRY ON franchise . Anyone expecting sexual innuendos will be very upset to see they're more or less conspicuous by their absence . In fact with the exception of a few cast members like Kenneth Connor , Charles Hawthrey and Terry Scott a lot of people would with hindsight have trouble believing that this was in fact part of the CARRY ON franchise

I've got to be honest and say the lack of the CARRY ON trademarks is no bad thing because if double entredes is the selling point of a comedy then 1958 censorship rules would have meant the innuendo would have been curtailed and that would have meant no humour full stop . Instead this is a gentle but ultimately heart warming English comedy featuring a typecast but impressive enough William Hartnell training a platoon he thinks is destined for failure


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