Carry On Sergeant

  • U
  • Gerald Thomas (1958)
  • UK
  • 80 min
Carry On Sergeant
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This is the first of a phenomenon. Like many of the early outings, it centres on an occupation at the heart of British life and is, therefore, closer to Ealing whimsy than the raucous fun of the later Carry Ons. William Hartnell (who became a household name as the first Doctor Who) stars as the sergeant determined to make soldiers out of his final batch of national service conscripts. Alongside Bob Monkhouse, a handful of regulars are on duty, with the splendid Kenneth Connor as a weedy hypochondriac, Kenneth Williams as (inevitably) a smarmy know-it-all, Hattie Jacques as a no-nonsense medico and Charles Hawtrey as the wonderfully named Private Golightly.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring William Hartnell and Bob Monkhouse. Sergeant Grimshawe's ambition to create a formidable platoon of National Servicemen before his retirement is dealt a blow when he finds himself in charge of a group of incompetents.

Cast and crew


Sergeant Grimshawe
William Hartnell
Charlie Sage
Bob Monkhouse
Shirley Eaton
Captain Potts
Eric Barker
Dora Bryan
Corporal Copping
Bill Owen
Peter Golightly
Charles Hawtrey
Horace Strong
Kenneth Connor
James Bailey
Kenneth Williams
Captain Clark
Hattie Jacques


Gerald Thomas

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Beaconsfield Films Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U