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Carry on Teacher (1959) Poster

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During the filming, Charles Hawtrey's mother would often visit the set. Whilst enjoying a cigarette, she accidentally dropped lit ash from the cigarette into her handbag. Joan Sims who was the first to spot the incident yelled, "Charlie Charlie, your mother's bag is on fire!". Charles Hawtrey poured his cup of tea into the bag, snapped it shut, and carried on.
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The "children" in the movie are meant to be the equivalent of 6-8 graders, but actually they are played by young adults. This was no mistake - the producers wanted to avoid having to ask the childrens' mothers for a fee for their appearance as required under Britain's child labour laws.
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A song on Morrissey's first album entitled "Late Night Maudlin Street" is named after the school in this film.
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One of the boys is 17 year old Larry Dann. He would reappear 16 years later in the last 3 official Carry On films (Carry on Behind (1975), Carry on England (1976) & Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)) playing much bigger roles.
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It was no accident that Charles Hawtrey was cast as the music master, as he was a classically-trained pianist and former boy soprano.
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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.
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Ted Ray's name on the billing on the credits gets special placing. This is only repeated twice again in the series - Bob Monkhouse in Carry On Sergeant (1958), and Phil Silvers in Follow That Camel (1967) - Peter Rogers always held that the titles are the stars.
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Ted Ray was under contract to Associated British (ABC), but wasn't used by them. So they weren't happy when he turned up in another distributor's film, especially one as successful as this one. Due to the possibility of the film not getting a release on the ABC cinema circuit, Ray was quietly dropped from the Carry Ons. He was supposed to be in the next one, Carry on, Constable (1960).
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Dora Bryan was considered for the part of Miss Alcock.
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The opening and closing titles are rather nakedly "inspired" by those in the St. Trinian's films, even to picturing the young monsters in school uniforms, of which none appear in the film.
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