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Carry on Teacher (1959)

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 ... See full summary »

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Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Norman Hudis (original screenplay)
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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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You roared at Carry On Sergeant, howled at Carry On Nurse, You'll be convulsed by Carry On Teacher! See more »

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Official Sites:

Carry On Line

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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Trivia

The name Allcock was questioned by the 1950s' censors, especially how much the characters constantly say it with such precision on the "cock" part, but they eventually allowed it to pass. 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

Michael Bean: My beautiful, wrecked, piano!
Edwin Milton: Does that mean you won't be able to finish composing the music for the play?
Michael Bean: Real composers don't require pianos, it is all in the mind.
Edwin Milton: Best place for it.
Michael Bean: Never wanted my music, have you?
Edwin Milton: Well, Tchaikovsky would have done me, if I'd *had* to have music at all. Personally...
Michael Bean: Out with it, what's your objection? Come on, let's have all of it, come on let's have it!
Edwin Milton: All right it's already my Herculian task to coax anything like audability from these children. If, in ...
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The Saboteurs... See more »

Connections

Followed by Carry on Cruising (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

"Ten Green Bottles' (uncredited)
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Ding Dong and Allcock.
12 June 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The third of the Carry On series finds the gang up to their necks in strife at Maudlin Street Secondary Modern School. Headmaster William Wakefield (Ted Ray) is a fine and good man who doesn't believe in corporal punishment, this has endeared him to the children of the school. However, he is considering moving on to another school to further his career, but first he has to oversee the arrival of two school inspectors and hope all goes smoothly. Fat chance of that happening, the kids have got wind or Wakefield wanting to leave and start to sabotage everything, with the teachers suffering the brunt of things.

"Teacher" is a warm hearted entry in the series, choosing prat-falls and genial set-pieces for its comedy. The teachers bicker and crack under the strain of the kids pranks and sabotages, while there's also a couple of nice romantic threads bubbling away. Also of note is the not so sly debate on corporal punishment, Wakefield is firmly against it, while robust Maths teacher Grace Short (Hattie Jacques) is the other end of the scale - she's cane mad! There's a feminist angle as well, adding some more depth to Norman Hudis' screenplay.

Ultimately though it's about the laughs, about the chaos, and watching the series regulars go about their way with skill and tongues in cheek. A hit at the box office, Carry On Teacher is quintessentially an early Carry On movie, with wry social observations and a harmless naivety towards the education system, there's not much to dislike here. 8/10


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