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Carry On Teacher (1959)

Carry on Teacher (original title)
Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him.

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Norman Hudis (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Connor ... Gregory Adams
Charles Hawtrey ... Michael Bean
Leslie Phillips ... Alistair Grigg
Joan Sims ... Sarah Allcock
Kenneth Williams ... Edwin Milton
Hattie Jacques ... Grace Short
Rosalind Knight ... Felicity Wheeler
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Alf Hudson
Ted Ray Ted Ray ... William 'Wakie' Wakefield, the Headmaster
Richard O'Sullivan ... Robin Stevens - Saboteur
George Howell George Howell ... Billy Haig - Saboteur
Diana Beevers Diana Beevers ... Penelope 'Penny' Lee - Saboteur
Jacqueline Lewis Jacqueline Lewis ... Pat Gordon - Saboteur
Roy Hines Roy Hines ... Harry Bird - Saboteur
Carol White ... Sheila Dale - Saboteur
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Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a plan - blacken his record in front of the Ministry Inspector and then he won't ever be able to get another job! Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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On the first day of filming Joan Sims reported to First Aid complaining of acute pains in her right leg. The studio doctor bound her leg to ease the pain and after filming it was decided that rather than have her go home to rest the had her admitted to the Wexham Park Hospital for maximum rest and any necessary treatment.Besides which the hospital was next door to the studio saving travelling time. The filming schedule was rearranged allowing her to have maximum days off before returning to work which she did three days later. See more »

Goofs

The children dose the staff-room kettle with alcohol and the staff all get drunk from their cups of tea. Heating the kettle would boil all the alcohol off leaving just hot water. See more »

Quotes

Felicity Wheeler: Are you satisfied with your equipment, Miss Allcock?
Sarah Allcock: Well, I've had no complaints so far!
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The Saboteurs... See more »

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Followed by Carry on Regardless (1961) See more »

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"Ten Green Bottles' (uncredited)
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Sung in the music class
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Not that funny but quite gentle and broad comedy that is amusing if not hilarious
13 February 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Maudin Street School is hardly a paradise and, when a new school starts looking for a headmaster in his rural hometown, the Maudin headmaster plans to go for the job. However his first problem is a school inspector and child psychologist coming to visit the school and give it a full assessment. On learning this news the pupils decide to get a bit of revenge on the headmaster and the staff by orchestrating a campaign of problems and bad behaviour; but not so direct that the staff will be able to work out who is responsible and easily bring it to a halt.

In the third of the Carry On series, the film moves away from the basic template of Sergeant and Constable and goes for a different plot in a school setting. The basic frame is that the staff are being forced into a series of pratfalls by the scheming pupils while busily trying to impress the inspectors at the same time. Into this mix is thrown the usual element of romance (with Connor getting his third bite at the "shy man desired by forward female" cherry in three films) and the whole thing is rather slight. The humour doesn't have the heavy focus on bums, tits and innuendo that the series developed but this is not to say that it is the height of wit because it is not. Instead the humour is a mix of physical humour and some mild word play and, as such it is actually quite amusing if you are in the mood, although I'd be surprised if you found yourself roaring with laughter at any point.

The cast are OK even if they are mostly just repeating the roles they have had from the first two Carry On films. As I said Connor has the same character and essentially the same subplot but is OK with it. Hawtrey camps it up well while Williams is nicely proper and stuck up. Phillips does his usual stuff reasonably well in a minor role but his partner, Knight, is not that good and is a bit stiff. Sims continues with the "fanciable female" role in this film (although she would become more the "battleaxe wife" as the series went on) and didn't totally convince me. After being a bit flat in Constable, Jacques has a good slice of the comedy while also having her usual matron-style character.

Overall this is an OK entry into the series although those used to the more bawdry entries into the series may be a little disappointed with how slight it is. The plot is unengaging and only acts as a frame for the comedy that is mainly pratfalls with some wit in the dialogue. Few viewers will be roaring with laughter (or even laughing out loud that much) but it is a little bit harmless fun that should distract for a short while.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Lauter liebenswerte Lehrer See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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