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Carry on, Constable (1960)

With a flu epidemic running rife, three new bumbling recruits are assigned to Inspector Mills police station. With help from Special Constable Gorse, they manage to totally wreck the ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Norman Hudis (screenplay), Brock Williams (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Sgt. Frank Wilkins
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Inspector Mills
Kenneth Connor ... PC Charlie Constable
Charles Hawtrey ... PC Timothy Gorse
Kenneth Williams ... PC Stanley Benson
Leslie Phillips ... PC Tom Potter
Joan Sims ... WPC. Gloria Passworthy
Hattie Jacques ... Sgt. Laura Moon
Shirley Eaton ... Sally Barry
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Thurston
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. May
Irene Handl ... Distraught Mother
Terence Longdon ... Herbert Hall
Jill Adams ... WPC Harrison
Freddie Mills Freddie Mills ... Jewel Thief
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Storyline

With a flu epidemic running rife, three new bumbling recruits are assigned to Inspector Mills police station. With help from Special Constable Gorse, they manage to totally wreck the operations of the police force and let plenty of criminals get away, even before they arrive at the station. They all have to prove themselves or else they'll be out of a job and Sergeant Wilkins will be transferred. Sub-plots include romances between Wilkins and Moon, Constable and Passworthy. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Oh! What a Carry On When that Crazy Bunch Join the Police Force [Australian press book] See more »

Genres:

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Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Carry On Constable See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Peter Rogers Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Willie, the boy in the street, is not played by Jeremy Connor, although this is mentioned in several sources. He himself said that he wasn't involved in this film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Sgt Wilkins leaves the reception of the station with a large crowd of irate men shouting at the officer behind the reception desk. When Wilkins returns to the reception some minutes later, the irate men repeat exactly the same lines they were saying when he left. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. May: [drunkenly] As a connoisseur of police personalities, let me state that I have never before been arrested with such charm. Never! I salute her!
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Follows Carry on Nurse (1959) See more »

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Law and disorder, Carry On style
1 February 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The fourth film in the long running British comedy series, Constable sees Sid James making his Carry On debut as Sergeant Frank Wilkins, whose police station has been hit by a flu epidemic leaving him relying on rookie officers to make up the numbers. Fresh from training college, PC Charlie Constable (Kenneth Connor), PC Timothy Gorse (Charles Hawtrey), PC Stanley Benson (Kenneth Williams) and PC Tom Potter (Leslie Phillips) make a series of blunders that look likely to result in Sgt Wilkins' transfer to another station. In order to make up for their mistakes, the four newbies attempt to track down and arrest a tough gang of thieves they believe to be holed up somewhere nearby.

Constable sees little bit of cheeky innuendo ('You stupid constable!, 'I've lost my pussy') and gratuitous bare flesh (four bare male backsides and Shirley Eaton in her underwear) creeping into the Carry On formula, making this one a stepping stone between the more gentle comedy of the earlier films and the more ribald humour of latter entries. For much of the running time, though, the film is simply good-natured knockabout fun, consisting of a series of amusing episodic scenes, with a little romance thrown in for good measure, the whole thing coming together for a predictable feel-good ending designed to leave the viewer with a warm glow. As always, the likable cast put in winning performances, and as silly as it all undeniably gets, it's hard not to have a reasonably good time.


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