Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Film Week

A review of the film I saw this week.


CARRY ON SERGEANT (1958)
The first in the series of Carry On films, and the first that I've ever actually seen. I really enjoyed the heck out of it! It doesn't feel incredibly fresh to me after years of seeing its antecedents and rip-offs, but it feels more sincere than a lot of those. I dug William Hartnell as Sgt. Grimshawe, the serious drill sergeant who wants to end his military career by training the year's best platoon. And, of course, he gets the worst misfits in the British army. Amazingly, zero of this grated on my nerves. I loved it. I can't wait to see more of these. ***1/2 stars.

7 comments:

Drake said...

The great Sid James joined the Carry On Films with Carry On Constable that film and Carry On Cabby, Carry On Screaming and Carry On Cleo are good ones to see.

Tallulah Morehead said...

I love the Carry On films, and have the first 12 on DVD. My favorite line in Carry on Sergeant is Charles Hawtry's cry as he learned bayonetting: "Have at thee, varlet!"

Tudor said...

Carry On Screaming is utterly brilliant. There. Now you'll watch it, hate it and think I'm a **** :)

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I watched most of 'Carry On Teacher' and found it quite charming.

Tallulah Morehead said...

Carry on Screaming is great fun. Carry on Teacher is indeed charming. I grew up on the Carry On films. I remember seeing Carry on Nurse with my mother when I was 10. They're lowbrow, unpretentious, silly, broad, and just plain fun.

They really come in two types. There is the British institution films like Carry on Regardless, Carry on Cabby, Carry on Teacher, Carry on Doctor and so forth, and the ones that are broad parodies, really 90 minute comedy sketches, like Carry on Spying, Carry on Screaming, Carry on Cleo (About Cleopatra), and Carry on Cowboy (In which the Carry On gang all pretend to be American Cowboys. Ooooh, the accents.)

The quintessetial Carry On player is Kenneth Williams, who is in all but one of them (there are, I believe, 26 of them), a rather odd man. (I read his autobiography, which presented what he wanted the public to think, and his diaries, which tell the real story) He was gay, but died a virgin. He wouldn't allow guests to use his bathroom. If you were visiting him and needed to use the toilet, you had to go use the public restroom at the corner. Yet he was fiercely intelligent, and very, very funny.

Drake said...

And the greatest Kenneth Williams line - "Infamy! Infamy! They all have it INFAMY!" from Carry On Cleo.

Tallulah Morehead said...

Of course, Williams's catchphrase was "Quit Messing About," which he used for the title of his autobiography. But yes, the "Infamy" line was great."