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Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 20 September 1958 (UK)
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:

The funniest film of the year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1958 (UK) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

William Hartnell and Charles Hawtrey played similar roles in The Army Game (1957). See more »

Goofs

When written, the sergeant's name is shown to be Grimshawe - except on the training results board in Captain Potts' office, where it is Grimshaw. 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James Bailey: [During bayonet practice:] Don't you think this is a trifle out of date in a world bristling with H-Bombs, Sergeant?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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Connections

Followed by That's Carry On! (1977) See more »

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22 December 2004 | by paddybonewellSee all my reviews

Carry on Sergeant is not what I would regard as authentic of National Service life, but it is a very funny film, with some romantic additions to make up the story. I thought that the best performance was that of Kenneth Connor, who thought he had everything wrong with him,but was really in great shape. Hattie Jacques played a great part as the Matron who was trying to convince him of this. People who have done National Service would enjoy the film more than those who have not, but it is a good laugh for anyone. Interesting contributions from Dora Bryan and Shirley Eaton, also Eric Barker looked the part as the Commissioned Officer. There were interesting contributions from Gerald Campion, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtry and William Hartnell, who made a good Sergeant, also from Bill Owen as the Corporal. Look out for Bob Monkhouse putting the Bren gun together. I liked the scene near the beginning when Grimshawe meets his Platoon, and Private Bailey tells him to be quiet whilst lying on his bed reading. The recruits certainly started off well,spending their first evening in the naafi,having a pint of beer! That's the way to do it!


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