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Carry On Nurse (1959)

Carry on Nurse (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 16 September 1960 (USA)
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Patrick Cargill (idea), Jack Beale (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Connor ... Bernie Bishop
Shirley Eaton ... Staff Nurse Dorothy Denton
Charles Hawtrey ... Humphrey Hinton
Hattie Jacques ... Matron
Terence Longdon ... Ted York
Bill Owen ... Percy 'Perc' Hickson
Leslie Phillips ... Jack Bell
Joan Sims ... Student Nurse Stella Dawson
Susan Stephen ... Nurse Georgie Axwell
Kenneth Williams ... Oliver Reckitt
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... The Colonel (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Susan Beaumont Susan Beaumont ... Nurse Frances James
Ann Firbank ... Helen Lloyd
Joan Hickson ... Sister
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Bert Able
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Storyline

Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks past, with only Reckitt standing up to her. There's a colonel who is a constant nuisance, a bumbling nurse, a romance between Ted York and Nurse Denton, and Bell who wants his bunion removed straight away, so after drinking alcohol, the men decide to remove the bunion themselves! Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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From the same stars and team that gave you the sensational comedy success "Carry on Sergeant" See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - 41 Grad Liebe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth Connor (Bernie Bishop) was the real life father of Jeremy Connor (Jeremy Bishop). See more »

Goofs

When the nurse who was left tied up in a bed is set free by a colleague, we see that her hands were tied, but not her feet. She would have been able to get up and walk at any time. See more »

Quotes

Sister: It's Matron's round.
Percy Hickson: Mine's a pint!
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Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema release cuts were made to remove some crude dialogue and footage. Among them a referral to spilt ball-bearings ("You can pick up Mr Hickson's balls"), the nurse's comment to Bernie after his shorts are removed ("What a big fuss about such a little thing") lost a shot of Bernie peering under the bed sheet, and Ted's hospital shaving scene was cut to remove the shots of Mick splashing him (below screen) with shaving cream. The latter was later restored to video releases although other cut footage may be lost forever. See more »

Connections

Followed by Carry On Up the Jungle (1970) See more »

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Amusing but never funny enough to really make it stand the test of time
27 March 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In Haven Hospital an entire ward is made up of men, ranging from the snooty Oliver Reckitt, the distracted Hinton, the gambling Colonel to the injured boxer Bernie Bishop. With nothing but men around young female nurses things could easily get out of hand but luckily the nurses are ruled by the Sister who in turn lives in fear of Matron, who rules the hospital with an iron fist. However when discipline is so strict, it is only a matter of time before the patients start to act out and rebel.

This is one of the earliest Carry On films in the long running series and it stands out from Constable and Sergeant because it has a much more ensemble feel to it and more of a rambling narrative that works better than the "serious story surrounded by sketches" stuff that the others had tries at doing. In this regard it does seem to keep up a constant tone and is amusing even if it rarely made me actually laugh out loud. This is the problem with a lot of the earlier films in the series – they lack the wit and cheeky humour of the films made in the heyday of the series and thus feel quite stiff and perhaps almost dull at times. There are enough amusing moments here to make it worth seeing but two or three good laughs in 90 minutes is not really enough I'm afraid.

The cast are the same from the first film with a few additions and yet still lacking some of the names that are synonymous with the series (Sid James in particular). Connor is OK in a simple role; Eaton is pretty to look at even if she has few laughs to her name; Hawtrey seems to be in his own film but is fun regardless; Phillips does his usual stuff but familiarity has not bred contempt in me and I enjoyed him; Hyde-White is good value and has the famous final scene to himself while Joan Sims runs around a lot in the way she did in the early days. Owen is OK but the film is stolen by a typical but funny turn from Williams and the very famous Matron character as played by Jacques, who suits the larger than life domineering character well.

Overall this is not a great film and it has not dated well at all. It is amusing but yet rarely that funny – a problem when it seems to be trying to be wacky and outrageous at each step. Time has not treated it well and it is the structured but cheeky Carry On films that have lasted the best. Fans of the series may like it and the cast certainly make it worth a look but this is nothing that special and were it not part of this famous series I doubt it would be seen that often by many viewers.


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