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!
Did You Know?
After twelve Carry On films and various other comedy releases with Anglos Amalgamated, Peter Rogers
was forced to look for a new distribution company. The Rank Organisation proved willing. Legal questions over title ownership and Rank's concern over inheriting a rival's brand name led to the abandonment of the Carry On prefix from this opening venture. In a post-production meeting in February 1967 Rogers commented that: "as the film was more visual than previous "Carry On" productions it could stand on its own without any reference to 'carry on'." Still, Rank were mindful of the success of the series and considered the release as "virtually the thirteenth "Carry On" film". The poster tagline, 'Carry On Laughing Until You Have Hysterics But Don't Lose Your Head' was used as a conscious link with the past and won over earlier suggestions including; "that "Carry On" team has the French Revolution in Convulsions" and "Carry On Tumbrils - they're the new rescue squad of the French Revolution." The American release removed all confusion and simply re-titled the film Carry On Pimpernel. 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 ...
As usual with the Carry On films the BBFC objected to many of the lines when the script was submitted to them, though in the end only a few cuts were made. These included a reference to Jacqueline having 'a pluck' and a stuttered use of 'fishing' during the opening narration. See more
Don't Lose Your Head
Written by Bill Martin
and Phil Coulter
Executed by Mike Sammes
(as The Michael Sammes Singers) See more