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Carry On Sergeant (1958)





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This first entry in the long-running (some would say interminable) British "Carry On" series is at base a collection of motheaten army jokes, albeit served up with freshness and energy. Future Doctor Who star William Hartnell plays Sergeant Major Grimshaw, whose fondest wish is to win the coveted Best Troop Award before his retirement. Alas, this may never come to pass: his newest batch of conscripts include some of the biggest and stupidest foul-ups in military history. Popular comedian-cartoonist Bob Monkhouse and cockney bombshell Shirley Eaton head up the supporting cast, which includes such "Carry On" stalwarts-to-be as Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams. Carry On Sergeant was very loosely based on The Bull Boys, a novel by R. F. Delderfield.


William Hartnell
as Sergeant Grimshawe
Bob Monkhouse
as Charlie Sage
Bill Owen
as Corporal Bill Copping
Kenneth Connor
as Horace Strong
Shirley Eaton
as Mary Sage
Eric Barker
as Capt. Potts
Charles Hawtrey
as Peter Go-lightly
Kenny Williams
as James Bailey
Kenneth Williams
as James Bailey
Terence Longdon
as Miles Heywood
Norman Rossington
as Herbert Brown
Hattie Jacques
as Capt. Clark
Gerald Campion
as Andy Calloway
Gordon Tanner
as 1st Specialist
Frank Forsyth
as 2nd Specialist
Basil Dignam
as 3rd Specialist
John Gatrell
as 4th Specialist
Arnold Diamond
as 5th Specialist
Martin Boddey
as 6th Specialist
Ian Whittaker
as Medical Corporal
Patrick Durkin
as 6th Recruit
Anthony Sager
as Stores Sergeant
Edward Judd
as 5th storeman
Terence Labrosse
as Miles Heywood
Anthony Sagar
as Stores Sergeant
Terry Scott
as Sergeant O'Brien
Jack Smethurst
as 1st Recruit
James Villiers
as 8th Recruit
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Critic Reviews for Carry On Sergeant

All Critics (2)

An army-camp farce from Britain. It offers two or three genuinely satirical moments in the midst of a welter of tired musichall slapstick.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The professional skill of William Hartnell and Dora Bryan lends some reality and humour to this conventional farce, in which all the characters come from stock.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carry On Sergeant


I cant say I didnt love it cause I did. I am a sucker for Carry on films...Not one of the best but still.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

One of the earliest entries, most of the team haven't joined yet, but this is a hugely influential farce; the formula has been copied countless times in every bootcamp comedy ever since, including Stripes, Private Benjamin and Police Academy.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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