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Carry on Matron (1972)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 19 May 1972 (UK)
A gang of thieves plan to make their fortune by stealing a shipment of contraceptive pills from Finisham maternity hospital. They assume disguises and infiltrate the hospital, but ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sid Carter
... Sir Bernard Cutting
... Dr. Francis A. Goode
... Mrs. Tidey
... Matron
... Ernie Bragg
... Cyril Carter
... Dr. Prodd
... Nurse Susan Ball
... Mr. Tidey
... Sister
... Freddy
... Evelyn Banks
Derek Francis ... Arthur
Amelia Bayntun ... Mrs. Jenkins
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A gang of thieves plan to make their fortune by stealing a shipment of contraceptive pills from Finisham maternity hospital. They assume disguises and infiltrate the hospital, but everything doesn't go according to plan. The hypochondriac consultant Sir Bernard Cutting, Matron and the doctors and nurses at Finisham have a habit of getting in the way. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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19 May 1972 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Antaa mennä ylihoitsu  »

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Production managed to finish six and a half days ahead of schedule. See more »

Goofs

When Sid blows the storeroom door, the dynamite explodes before he turns the handle on the detonator. See more »

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Mr. Tidey: Well, what's happened?
Matron: I'm afraid it was another false alarm, Mr Tidey. You may as well go back to work.
Mr. Tidey: Go back to work? It was due three weeks ago.
Mr. Tidey: Well I'm sorry but babies tend to arrive when they feel like it. There's nothing we can do about it.
Mr. Tidey: That's a fine state of affairs, innit eh? We'd soon be in a right old mess if we ran the railways like that.
Matron: I was under the impression that you did.
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Alternative Titles: "Womb at the Top" and "The Preggers Opera" See more »

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"Occasionally funny entry in the long running series."
16 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Sid Carter (Sydney James) is a leader of a gang of thieves and he persuades his son Cyril (Kenneth Cope) to dress up as a female nurse and infiltrate the "Finisham Maternity Hospital" so that he can get the gang a plan of the place enabling them to steal vast quantities of "The Pill". "I know a couple of countries who'll go mad for the stuff" says Sid.

Occasionally funny entry in the long running series. The funniest moments include the scene where the Matron (Hattie Jacques) visits the registrar Sir Bernard Cutting (Kenneth Williams) in order to bring him his morning post. Sir Bernard is a proper hypochondriac who thinks he's on the verge of a sex change, "Your mail" says Matron handing him the letters, "I know and I can prove it do you hear prove it" screams Sir Bernard not aware of what she really meant. Another stand out moment is when Syd Carter and his gang arrive at the hospital to pull off the raid, Syd is disguised as a doctor sporting a laughable beard and dark glasses. "I am Dr Zhivago" he says. When the film isn't funny it gets by because it possesses a charm that many of the other less funny Carry On's have, a charm that one journalist described as "an England that never was" and besides that there is the assured presence of all the regulars including Charles Hawtery, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor and Bernard Bresslaw, but Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques and Syd James ultimately steal the show.


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