"Carry On laughing until you have hysterics -
but Don't Lose Your Head"
"Don't be ridiculous - I've only had a few!"
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
Valerie Van Ost
Sir Rodney Ffing
Duc De Pommfrit
Desiree Du Barry
The Crew Producer
Alan Hume BSc
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 Blackfingernails 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 Rodneys 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. Rothwells script, although inaccurate, is true to the spirit of the Revolution and this is one of the classic five Carry Ons.