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Plot: Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they turn out to be, and it's up to Grimshaw to put the no-hopers through their paces. Written by Simon N. Runtime: 84 min Release Date: 12 Dec 1958
I have liked this movie since I was at least eight and that's been twelve years and still I like it. As a kid I liked most of the Carry On films but now have become browned off by the majority except for Sergeant. Sergeant is a heart-warming tale featuring William Hartnell -the first Doctor Who and with excellent bit roles such as in The Yangste Incident and his last platoon. It features some of the well known Carry On faces such as Terry Scott and Kenneth Connor who is my favourite in this one as Private Strong. Excellent lines that still make me laugh and scenes that do likewise. Also <more>
starring the late great legend that was Bob Monkhouse. This is in my opinion the greatest of the Carry On movies and right up there with comedies of the time such as Doctor in the House, Wrong Arm of the Law and The League of Gentlemen.
This golden girl REALLY got kissed! (by lee_eisenberg)
I've heard of the Carry On series for some time but I had never seen it. I decided to start with the first movie. "Carry On Sergeant" is one of many comedies focusing on a collection of loopy new recruits on a military base and the crazy stuff that happens. It's slapstick humor but most of it is more subtle than we're used to in the 21st century. Low-key British humor, you could say. I enjoyed the movie.And of course, I have to talk about some of the cast members. If the woman playing Mary looks familiar, it's because Shirley Eaton is best known as the woman painted <more>
gold in "Goldfinger". And then there's Charles Hawtrey, who plays lovable wimp Peter. You might recognize the name even if you can't place the face. The Beatles mentioned him in "Two of Us" "I Dig a Pigmy" by Charles Hawtrey on the deaf aids .Anyway, it's a funny movie. I suspect that they had fun filming it.
"Two of everything you need two of and you're in" (by ianlouisiana)
The success of ATV's "The Army Game" inspired the birth of "Carry on Sergeant",and,by extension,the whole "Carry On" canon.Bill Hartnell,Norman Rossington and Charles Hawtrey were headhunted from the TV ,and later Carry On" alumni such as Bernard Bresslaw cut their teeth on the very popular small screen series. The term "Carry on,Sergeant" is an old British army phrase used by officers in handing over command of the men to the NCOs who,as in every army in the world,actually run things.A captain comes into the hut and all the men spring to <more>
attention.He glances quickly around,nods approvingly and drawls "Carry on sergeant",satisfied that all is well in his little world. The success of "Carry on Sergeant" spawned "Carry on Nurse" etc ,the generic title being used for a long series of cheap,cheerful and splendidly vulgar movies that are gradually being recognised as a highwater mark in British cinema.In 1958,a significant proportion of the cinema audience was familiar with military silliness,bullying NCOs,pompous officers,skiving ORs,and had spent enough time painting grass green and coal black on bleak outposts of the Empire all over the world to be only too familiar with conscription. At the time the British army was full of reluctant warriors like Williams,O'Connor and the others. Profesionals like Bill Owen and William Hartnell wearily did their best to turn them into soldiers for 24 stupefying months before they were allowed to get on with the rest of their lives.You didn't need a film to make it seem like a farce,it was a farce.There are a lot of good moments in this movie and it is certainly capable of holding its own oops dearie! aside from being judged in hindsight as the precursor of a much - loved tradition of seaside postcard humour all the funnier for being disdained by those who think we should know better. "Carry on Sergeant" contains a wonderfully demented performance by the great Mr Eric Barker and a surprisingly good one from the much - maligned Mr Bob Monkhouse,but it is Mr William Hartnell that is the glue that holds it all together.He is the eternal N.C.O battling against inept recruits and barmy officers,he hardly has one funny line,but he made me laugh more than anyone else in the picture.
My dad identifies with this film (by iancampbell72)
This is a film which brings a great deal of nostalgia to my dad. He was one of the first few to go through national service in 1948 and every time he sees this film, he can see in the characters most of his army friends he joined with and it's just not writers imagination at play in this film, he has seen similar and been through similar.Everyone down from the sergeant to Charles Hawtrey's Golightly lack of co-ordination on parade brings back fond memories of his time in the Army.The first and originally supposedly the only one that was meant is one of the best with a cast that had <more>
some of the best comic and acting talent on show that Britain has produced, from William Hartnell sergeant down through Bill Owen's corporal through Kenneth Williams down to hypochondriac Kenneth Connor. There is barely a weak link in this film.For this comic film is also a history lesson because unlike most comedy film, there is a good deal of truth in this film, just ask my dad.
Carry on Sergeant is not what I would regard as authentic of National Service life, but it is a very funny film, with some romantic additions to make up the story. I thought that the best performance was that of Kenneth Connor, who thought he had everything wrong with him,but was really in great shape. Hattie Jacques played a great part as the Matron who was trying to convince him of this. People who have done National Service would enjoy the film more than those who have not, but it is a good laugh for anyone. Interesting contributions from Dora Bryan and Shirley Eaton, also Eric Barker <more>
looked the part as the Commissioned Officer. There were interesting contributions from Gerald Campion, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtry and William Hartnell, who made a good Sergeant, also from Bill Owen as the Corporal. Look out for Bob Monkhouse putting the Bren gun together. I liked the scene near the beginning when Grimshawe meets his Platoon, and Private Bailey tells him to be quiet whilst lying on his bed reading. The recruits certainly started off well,spending their first evening in the naafi,having a pint of beer! That's the way to do it!
I have seen several Carry ons such as "Carry on Camping" and I must say I found them rather under whelming. The comedy was very forced, "contrived" would be under stating it. "Carry on Camping" worked too hard for laughs and all of them vulgar. Now don't get me wrong I love vulgarity and earthy humour but the later films sometimes worked too hard. They often look rather tired and old. Now Carry on Sergeant was the first and this is a different story all together. I was really surprised and delighted. It was beautiful. The other writers have covered the plot <more>
really well but all I would add that the movie has a lovely sentimentality that surprised me. The ending is genuinely moving and I defy anyone not to shed a tear.While it is very funny, it is warm and understated. The characters are actually well developed and the situations are not as contrived. The female characters are more developed and less irritating and forced. Dora Bryan, the West End Dolly Levi, is brilliant.The film moves along at a gentle pace and I found it to be nostalgic and utterly charming. The acting is top notch. The first time I saw it I was very young but I can recall laughing every time I saw the great Charles Hawtrey. What a wonderfully gifted actor and no one can play camp as well as him. Theses were sad days. You could be camp but you could never be gay. Ay least some things are better.
The film that launched a British institution (by Tweekums)
When this film was made it is a safe bet that nobody thought it would start a long running series of films; the Carry On films may not have been the greatest ever made, in fact some were terrible, but they are certainly a British institution. Made in 1958 'Carry on Sergeant' isn't non-stop smut like some of the later films; instead it is genuinely laugh out loud funny! The film follows the training of the unfortunately named Able Platoon; a group of National Servicemen who for the most part don't seem like army material; Pvt. Strong is a hypochondriac, Pvt. Golightly is well <more>
he is Charles Hawtrey and Pvt. Brown has failed the course several times already. They are trained by soon-to-be-retired Sergeant Grimshawe who is determined to win the award for the best platoon. As one would expect their training does not go well; bayonet training and the assault course going particularly badly of course by the end the platoon have come together and it is just a question as to how well they can do in their final tests. Besides their training there is a sub-plot involving one of the conscripts who was called up on his wedding day and his trying to get some time with his new bride who has followed him to the camp and got a job in the Naafi.When I sat down to watch this I thought it may have dated somewhat but actually it seemed surprisingly fresh and I laughed far more than I expected; it was certainly a lot funnier than many of the later instalments to the series. The cast included several actors who would go on to become regular members of the Carry On team including the excellent Kenneth Williams who played Pvt. Bailey; probably the most competent of the platoon, Kenneth Connor who played the hypochondriac Strong and Hattie Jacques who played the camp doctor. If you have enjoyed other early Carry On films I'd recommend this as it was surprisingly good don't be put off by later rubbish like 'Carry on England'.