The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon themselves to aid there French counterparts. Sir Rodney is a master of disguise, and becomes "the black fingernail", scourge of Camembert and Bidet, leaders of the French secret police...
Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>
Carry On laughing until you have hysterics, but...Don't Lose Your Head!
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During the Good Friday 2016 early morning, 7am start, daytime broadcast, the UK's ITV 2 kept in the infamous "Count" dialogue lines during the Duc de Pommfrit talking to Desiree Dubarry scene, at about 46:14. The part where Joan Sims is in the garden with Charles Hawtrey where she says "my cousin, the count", which a mishearing implies shes saying "my cousin, the '[C' word]". You can hear a smirk from Charles Hawtrey then see Joan Sims about to kill herself laughing just before the camera cuts to the next scene. It was always there, but its plausible that it was probably originally left in to push the censor for the cut negotiations and it was left in for the original cinema releases. Primary ITV channel TV company ITV PLC now own the Rank Organisation films outright, would have several alternate broadcast edit versions pre-prepared, so this may have been an error in playing the wrong version. That particuar word Count, which in the scene can easily be mis-heard as the swearword, which rhymes with hunt, is considered the strongest swearword to broadcast in the UK, on a par with the "N word in the USA, so it is very rare to hear the actual word. The late evening showings of this Carry On film, leaves this scene intact too. See more
All the aristocrats are shown being executed facing upwards. In real life, they were executed facing downwards into the basket. The only person to be executed facing up was Robespierre. See more
Paris, 1789. The Great Revolution has begun. The hands of the masses are smeared with the blood of the poor bleeding aristocracy. Every day the tumbrels run a regular half-hour service between the Bastille and the many guillotines around the city. The growing mounds of noble heads are only matched by the growing mounds of unused return tickets. No-one is spared. Madame La Guillotine claims them all. Dukes and Duchesses, Lords and Ladies, men and women of both sexes. A dozen times ...
Followed by Carry on Girls
Don't Lose Your Head
Written by Bill Martin
and Phil Coulter
Executed by Mike Sammes
(as The Michael Sammes Singers) See more