Running Time - 83m Black and White Certificate - A Budget - £74,000 UK Release - September 1958 Shot - 24 March 1958 - 2 May 1958
Foreign Titles Denmark - Attention Recruits Germany - Cheer Up, Chest Out Belgium - Lets Go, Sergeant
The Stars William Hartnell
The Crew Producer
Norman Hudis (from
the Bull Boys by R F
by John Antrobus
Carry On Sergeant is a boisterous barrack-room send up of the army life. First of the series, this has several elements in embryo, that the unplanned series keeps, not least the casts bounce and brashness.
Kenneth Connor as a nail-biting hypochondriac, Kenneth Williams as the snooty egg-head, Charles Hawtrey being rather light on his feet and Hattie Jacques as imperious Medical Officer. These established their character, with little change, for the rest of the Carry Ons.
Eric Barker, Shirley Eaton, Bill Owen and Terence Longdon went on to make a few more of the earlier Carry Ons. Bob Monkhouse plays a displaced Bridegroom, sent for National Service on his honeymoon, and would have improved the series if he had stayed, but only makes the one appearance in the series.
Norman Hudis bases this romp on the Bull Boys by RF Delderfield, but changes the setting from a ballet school to a Army camp, using his experiences in youth for it's benefit.
A reasonable start to the series, and it was certainly successful, being one of the box-office pulls of the year, but for the person brought up on the later Carry Ons as I was, this is just from a tamer and older era of British comedies.