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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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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 »

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Production Co:

Peter Rogers Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A rare improvised line makes the final cut in the film. This appears when Charles Hawtrey gets out of bed and steps in his chamber pot; it starts rolling around on the floor and he tells it to be quiet. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when the four trainee constables find the villains hideout in the derelict house, PC Potter falls from the landing to the hallway. You can see the mattress put there for him to land on. 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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Before There Was Police Academy Films
3 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If Carry On Constable seems to remind you of America's Police Academy movies it should. A generation before that American troupe of players took on law enforcement as a satirical subject, the Carry On crew did the same to the London police force.

It's an epidemic in the precinct and most of the good cops are down with the flu. Both Inspector Eric Barker and Sergeant Sid James are in need of personnel so four men and a woman recruits from their Police Academy are assigned. Law enforcement in this district is now in the capable hands of Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, and Charles Hawtrey. Let's not forget Joan Sims who is clearly the best one sent from the Academy.

Sid James made is Carry On debut in Carry On Constable and really gets into the spirit of things. But I would have to say that Kenneth Williams really polishes up the twit character he would use so often and so well in these films. He believes that British law enforcement is waiting for him and the new ideas he brings to the job and can't understand why no one sees his potential. Check the situations he's involved in and you'll have no doubt why.

One of the better Carry On films, not to be missed and this one will make you a fan of the series.


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