Fall in for the first ever film in the highly acclaimed Carry
On comedy series - now an acclaimed British institution.
Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey are prankish
misfits who become the hilarious bane of an army officer's
existence when he makes a bet he will turn them into star
award soldiers - or bust...
(1958) was the first Carry On movie and revolves around
Grimshaw (William Hartnell), who is close to retirement. His
last group of National Service recruits
are about to join. They include newlywed Charlie Sage (Bob
Monkhouse), separated from his bride by being called up on
his wedding day. Grimshaw has bet his fellow officers that
he can get his men through training with the highest honours
and win the Star Squad prize. His men, however, are complete
incompetents and get everything disastrously wrong. Meanwhile,
Sage's bride, Mary (Shirley Eaton), can't bear to be separated
from her husband and hatches a plan to be near him.
of the characters that would go on to form the regular Carry
On team over the years were appear her for the first time
- already moulded into the characters that they would latter
go on to be so recognisable for. These including Kenneth Connor,
Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Hattie Jacques.
be honest, this is not one of the best Carry On's for
you if you were brought up on the innuendo of the later movies
- there's barely more than a handful of smiles to be had here.
However, what it lacks in seaside postcard humour, it more
than makes up for in story and the characters are all instantly
include an audio commentary with Shirley Eaton, Dora Bryan,
Terence Longdon and Carry On historian Robert Ross;
stills gallery; trailer and trivia notes.
commentary is interesting as Bryan moans (in an amusing way)
about the fact she was the focus of two episodes of This
is Your Life. In fact most of the amusing anecdotes come
from Bryan who, with the help of Eaton, constantly take the
commentary off in another direction, leaving Ross struggling
to keep them all talking about the movie. Bryan recounts how
Connor died after appearing with her in pantomime and states
that she knows it was hard work, but that was ridiculous.
Bryan also confuses Eric Barker for Ronnie Barker. When she's
told that he is dead now she states: "But Ronnie Corbert's
still with us." It soon becomes apparent that Bryan has
been drinking throughout the commentary.
you don't already own this movie, it's well worth picking
up - if only to see how the whole series kicked off.