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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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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:

Such carryings-on in this man's Army! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Patrick Newell was originally cast in Carry on Sergeant but when he turned up on the first morning he saw that the army sergeant who was going to drill the actors for the film was the same one that had drilled him when he was in the army and said that he wasn't going to go through that again and left. 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

[Charlie has managed to reasemble a Bren machine gun, despite being distracted during the demonstration]
Gun Sergeant: Looks like you *were* listening.
Charlie Sage: I wasn't listening.
[Jerks his head towards the Bren]
Charlie Sage: I used to work in the factory where they make these things!
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Connections

Followed by Carry On Screaming! (1966) See more »

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The first Salvo from the Carry on Cannon
22 April 2004 | by MartynGryphonSee all my reviews

Great film and a good start to the most successful and longest lived film comedy series in history. Unlike the later films this film and all Carry On's till about 1965/66 relied less on the trademark bawdy humour but on comedy scenario, which in someways makes the early Carry on's more endearing than their successors. Kenneth Connor as Hypocondriac Horace Strong is gut-wrenchingly funny. Other regulars also make their Carry On debuts in this first movie such as Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey and Terry Scott, (Although 10 years would elapse before Scott would make his next Carry On appearance). The early films had their own set of regulars, and Eric Barker, Bill Owen, (Yes THE Bill Owen), and Terence Longden, would make regular appearences thoughout these formative years. The Romantic Leads were played by The late, great Bob Monkhouse, (Yes! THE Bob Monkhouse), and Shirley Eaton, (Yes! Goldfinger's Shirley Eaton), and it's a shame that Bob Monkhouse never made another Carry on movie, but he decided to become a household name on British TV as Mr Gameshow himself. The Title role is wonderfully played by William Hartnell (Yes! Dr Who William Hartnell). Watch this movie it's funny as hell.


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