"Look in on Mrs Bottomley at No 24. She's complaining of suspicious activities in the rear of her premise."
"That hilarious Carry On shower in another riot of laughter"
Running Time - 86m Black & White Certificate - A Budget - £82,500 UK Release - February 1960 Shot - 9 November 1959 - 18 December 1959
Foreign Titles Denmark - Watch Out For the Cops Germany - These Sturdy Policeman Hungry - Go On Policemen South America - Four Agents of Disorder
The Stars Sidney James
Sp. Constable Gorse
Sergeant Laura Moon
The Crew Producer
Norman Hudis, based on an idea by Brock Williams
Ted Scaife BSc
To a police station, severely decimated by flu, are sent four policemen, fresh from the academy whose chaotic actions actually assist criminals not apprehend them.
Sid James, in his first Carry On film, is Sergeant Wilkins, whose job it is to get the newcomers into shape, assisted by girlfriend Sergeant Moon (Hattie Jacques) and hindered by Inspector Mills (Eric Barker). They are faced with posh tennis-playing Constable Potter (Leslie Phillips), superstitious Constable Constable (Kenneth Connor) who falls for WPC Passworthy (Joan Sims) but won't do anything about it until his horoscope tells him he can. Constable Benson (Kenneth Williams) has advanced theories about forensic physiognomy and Special Constable Gorse (Charles Hawtrey) brings his usual flair to his camp role, and both officers end up in drag to try and foil a gang of shoplifters but inevitably are arrested themselves.
The rookie recruits, who are sleeping in spare cells, each take their turn on the beat and many comic incidents ensue such as dogs running amok, old women being harassed, robbers aided and the general public perplexed, but all ends well when the foursome arrest a notorious wage-snatching gang and all is forgiven.
Very much a piece of the time, or perhaps the sort of thing Will Hay would be in. Sid James makes his debut, replacing Ted Ray due to contractual problems, and does a good job of playing the stern Sgt Wilkins. The least successful of the earlier Carry Ons, perhaps due to the slight change in style of comedy.