Carry On Sergeant

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"It’s all about a Dad . . . a Draftee . . . and a Detonation heard round the camp!"
  • Approved
  • 1958
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 6.2  (2,986)

Carry On Sergeant is a classic British comedy film that was released in 1958. The movie marked the very first entry in the iconic "Carry On" franchise, which would go on to release 31 more films over the next few decades. Carry On Sergeant tells the story of a group of misfit soldiers who are drafted into the British Army during the post-World War II era. The soldiers are all from different walks of life, and each has their own quirks and weaknesses that make them ill-suited for military life.

Led by the no-nonsense Sergeant Grimshaw (played by William Hartnell), the troops are put through a gruelling six-week training program that is designed to whip them into shape and prepare them for active duty. Along the way, they must overcome obstacles such as homesickness, disciplinary issues, and a general lack of fitness and desire to be there.

The film features a star-studded cast that includes many familiar faces from the British comedy scene of the time. Kenneth Williams plays a hypochondriac soldier with a penchant for theatricality, Charles Hawtrey plays a bumbling recruit who can't seem to get anything right, and Bill Owen plays a gruff Cockney who is more interested in cigarettes and beer than military discipline.

As the six-week training program draws to a close, the soldiers must take part in a gruelling final exercise that will test their skills and readiness for combat. However, things do not quite go according to plan, and chaos ensues as the soldiers try to complete their mission.

Carry On Sergeant is a classic British comedy that has stood the test of time. The film is often cited as one of the best entries in the long-running Carry On series, and it is easy to see why. With a witty script, endearing characters, and plenty of slapstick humour, Carry On Sergeant is a film that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

One of the things that makes Carry On Sergeant so beloved is its focus on the human side of military life. While the film is undoubtedly a comedy, it never forgets that the soldiers are real people with hopes, dreams, and fears. It is this recognition of the soldiers' humanity that makes the film so relatable and enduring.

Of course, the film is not all serious introspection. There are plenty of laughs to be had as the soldiers bumble their way through their training exercises. From Kenneth Williams' over-the-top hypochondria to Charles Hawtrey's pratfalls and comedic timing, the film is packed with hilarious moments that are sure to make even the most stoic viewer crack a smile.

Overall, Carry On Sergeant is a classic British comedy that has stood the test of time. With its endearing characters, witty script, and plenty of slapstick humour, it is a film that is sure to entertain audiences for years to come.

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    1 hr 24 min
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    6.2  (2,986)