Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Carry On Nerding - Carry On Matron (Gerald Thomas, 1972)

There were many Carry On medical films. Carry On Matron was my first, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

In this film, Sid James is a gangster who is hoping to steal a cache of birth control pills from a maternity hospital so they may be sold overseas. To get an inside man at the hospital he has his son (Kenneth Cope) disguise himself as a female nurse. Kenneth Williams steals this one though, as the hypochondriac hospital director Sir Bernard Cutting. He is played with Williams' typical high-camp. To prove his maleness, and ultimately end his fears, he decides to prove himself with the head matron, Hattie Jacques. There are numerous other side plots, and the film features many Carry On regulars such as Barbara Windsor, Valerie Leon, Charles Hawtry, Bernard Bresslaw, and Terry Scott.

This is a funny, well thought out story. One of the better overall efforts from the Carry On crew.

Watch it on YouTube


dfordoom said...

My favourite Carry On movies are Carry On Cleo and Don't Lose Your Head, but most of them are fun. And surprisingly they were still making good Carry On movies even in the 70s.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I am still getting to those two. Carry On Columbus was a rather late entry in the series. It was pretty good, and had Rick Mayall from The Young Ones, IIRC. I don't think many of the old guard appeared though.

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