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Don't Lose Your Head (1967)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sir Rodney Ffing / The Black Fingernail
... Citizen Camembert
... Lord Darcy Pue
... Duc de Pommfrit
Peter Butterworth ... Citizen Bidet
... Désirée Dubarry
... Jacqueline
... Citizen Robespierre
... Landlady
Michael Ward ... Henri
... Malabonce
David Davenport ... Sergeant
Richard Shaw ... Captain of Soldiers
... Second Lady / Girl at Execution
Jennifer Clulow ... First Lady
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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... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Carry On laughing until you have hysterics, but...Don't Lose Your Head!


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14 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Carry On Pimpernel  »

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Joan Sims does not appear until 30 mins into the film. See more »

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When Camembert unfolds the Black Fingernail's calling card in his office, the shot of him doing it shows all four of the fingers of his left hand behind the paper. When we see that it is the calling card, his index and middle fingers have moved in front of the paper. See more »

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Narrator: 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 ...
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Followed by Carry on Columbus (1992) See more »

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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD (Gerald Thomas, 1966) **1/2
21 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I've only watched 8 of the long-running and hugely popular "Carry On" films; their overall quality is quite patchy, but the most consistently entertaining so far have been CARRY ON...UP THE KHYBER (1968) and CARRY ON HENRY (1971). This one was actually in the same vein as the latter i.e. a period romp and, in fact, I find their brand of bawdy humor works best in this environment - not only because it allows for a contrast between modern times and the era being lampooned (including, in this case, parlor entertainment that features a minstrel tune whose chorus is lifted from The Beatles' "She Loves You"!) but also because it gives the low-budget films a semblance of grandeur not possible with their outings having contemporary settings.

I decided to check this film before others in the series (happily, my local DVD rental outlet carries a handful of them) because I'm currently going through a bit of a swashbuckling phase as part of my Christmas marathon. Anyway, it's an extremely typical offering (despite dropping the "Carry On" from the title, though it did get renamed CARRY ON PIMPERNEL for the U.S.) that obviously deals with the French Revolution, which is being thwarted by a Scarlet Pimpernel-type figure who calls himself "The Black Fingernail" and leaves as his calling card a drawing with the "Up Yours!" gesture: the overall effect is hit-or-miss and the pace rather sluggish for what should essentially be a zippy adventure - but the host of practiced regulars from the series are in good form, thus ensuring the occasional hilarious moment or quip (usually for this gang, these would be double entendres and even include asides to the audience!).


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