Carry On

"Carry On laughing until you have hysterics -
but Don't Lose Your Head"
 

"Pssst"

"What?

"Psst"

"Don't be ridiculous - I've only had a few!"


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Running Time - 90m Colour Certificate - A
Budget - 200,000 UK Release - December 1966
Shot - 12 September 1966 - 28 October 1966
Foreign Titles
Germany - Just Don't Lose Your Head Denmark - The Black Fingernail
Finland - Keep Your Head Hungary - Carry On Revolution

 

The Stars

Sidney James
Kenneth Williams
Jim Dale
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Sims
Peter Butterworth
Dani Robin
Peter Gilmore
Michael Ward
Leon Greene
David Davenport
Julian Orchard
Jennifer Clulow
Valerie Van Ost

Jacqueline Pearce
Billy Cornelius
Marianne Stone
Patrick Allen

                                                                  
Sir Rodney Ffing
Citizen Camembert
Lord Darcy
Duc De Pommfrit
Desiree Du Barry
Citizen Bidet
Jacqueline
Robespierre
Henry
Malabonce
Sergeant
Rake
First Lady
Second Lady
Third Lady
Soldier
Barmaid
Narrator
                                                                  

 

The Crew
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Music
Cinematographer
Editor
                                                            
Peter Rogers
Gerald Thomas
Talbot Rothwell
Eric Rogers
Alan Hume BSc
Rod Keys
                                                            

 

Synopsis

This swashbuckling adventure sees  the jaunty Sir Rodney Ffing (Sid James), alias the Blackfingernail bouncing about all over Paris, rescuing the French aristocracy from the dreaded Madame Guillotine.  The know-all but see-nothing Chief of the Secret Police Citizen Camembert (Kenneth Williams), fails to penetrate his numerous disguises. 

To add insult to injury the Blackfingernail’s trademark is a note left at the crime scene with two fingers rampant, one with a blackened nail.

After lots of comings and goings between England and France, Sir Rodney falls in love with Jacqueline (Dani Robin), and she helps him escape from the French soldiers.  Back in England Citizen Camembert, his assistant Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth) and the buxom Desiree Du Barry (Joan Sims) turn up at one of Sir Rodney’s ‘magnificent balls’ to find out who the real fingernail is.

A very elaborate historical Carry On ranking near the top of the series, Sid James alternating between the foppish Ffing and the dashing Fingernail and with adept action scenes.  James looks ill-at-ease in drag which he never did like doing anyway, but Butterworth continues to display his habit of stealing scenes whenever he appears. Rothwell’s script, although inaccurate, is true to the spirit of the Revolution and this is one of the classic five Carry Ons.

 

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