Carry On Sergeant

Carry On Sergeant

Gerald Thomas (1958)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A military sergeant approaching retirement hopes to end his career on a high note by seeing his last lot of recruits come first in an annual competition to find the best squad in the forces. However, he is not prepared for the hopeless band of misfits placed under his command. The first in the comedy series, starring William Hartnell and Bob Monkhouse.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Beaconsfield Films LtdAvailable on: video and DVD