- General info
Fall in for the first ever film in the highly successful Carry On comedy series - now an acclaimed British institution. Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey are the prankish misfits who become the hilarious bane of Army Officers existence when he makes a bet he will turn them into 'Star Squad' Award soldiers - or bust!
- Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, William Hartnell, Shirley Eaton, Eric Barker, Dora Bryan, Bill Owen, Kenneth Connor, Terence Longdon, Norman Rossington, Gerald Campion, Hattie Jacques, Cyril Chamberlain, Arnold Diamond, Gordon Tanner, Martin Boddey, Frank Forsyth, Ian Whittaker, Basil Dignam, Anthony Sagar
- Gerald Thomas
- R.F. Delderfield, Norman Hudis
- Action & Adventure, Comedy
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 81 minutes
- English LPCM Mono
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
- B & W
- Interactive Menu
- Scene Access
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- Carry on Sergeant review by GI
The first in what later became the famous British comedy series although it was only after the box office popularity of this film and the following one, Carry On Nurse (1959), that the further films were planned using the 'Carry On' label. British film comedy has a rich history and this film is like the great Ealing comedies. It's set in the time of National Service, the dread of many young men in 1950s Britain, and follows a bunch of hapless new recruits through their basic training. Many of the actors who later appeared in the subsequent films are here including Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor and Hattie Jacques although this one stars Bob Monkhouse, who never made another of the films and is more remembered for his TV stand up work. These early Carry On films are situation comedies and are a real treat when watched today. There's the sheer nostalgia of seeing the Britain of the 1950s combined with a great laugh out loud comedy. It was only later as ideas began to wane that the films became pantomime farces often too silly but the first six films are well worth checking out. Here Drill Sergeant Grimshaw (William Hartnell - the first Dr Who - who often played strict NCOs) is due to retire and yearns to have the champion platoon for his last one. Unfortunately for him he gets a ragtag bunch of no hopers including Connor as a hypochondriac and Monkhouse as a lovelorn newly wedded husband pining for his beautiful wife (Shirley Eaton). You can spot a host of famous British actors who went onto later TV fame here but that aside this is a film that deserves to be seen not only because if its place in film history but also because it is a great British comedy film.
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