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Carry On Constable [DVD]


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  • Actors: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Leslie Phillips
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fourth entry in the 'Carry On' series. Police Sergeant Wilkins (Sid James, in his 'Carry On' debut) has a new batch of inept recruits on his hands, whose idea of covert surveillance involves dressing up in drag. Bumbling PCs include Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor and Leslie Phillips.

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Made in 1960, Carry On Constable is one of the earliest Carry On comic romps, arriving before they'd carved out their bawdy niche in British cinema. In fact, this Gerald-Thomas-directed effort isn't dissimilar to most of the mainstream Brit-com of its era. A flu epidemic has forced a police station to take on a brace of callow recruits: Kenneth Connor, a superstitious bag of nerves; Leslie Phillips, playing his usual rapscallion self; the ludicrously effete Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams. The "plot" is a sequence of thoroughly creaky gags at the expense of this bumbling quartet. The staple characters hadn't settled into their "classic" personae yet. Here, Sid James is an exasperated sergeant, not the sort of crinkly rogue he played in later years, Kenneth Williams is dry, detached and supercilious, while Hattie Jacques is no matron but a sympathetic sergeant, whose every walk-on is not yet accompanied by the portly strains of tubas and bassoons. The comedy here is, frankly, dismal--banana skins are slipped upon and officers' legs urinated upon bydogs, all to a rueful soundtrack of wah-wah trumpets. The main appeal of this movie is as a period slice of damp, pre-Beatles London in glorious black and white.

On the DVD: Although picture and sound are adequate (though poorly dubbed in places), there are no extras at all, a shame for the hardcore Carry On aficionados to whom this release would surely, perhaps exclusively, appeal. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Phillips on 22 May 2006
Format: DVD
Carry On Constable was a turning point in the series as it marked the first apperance of Sid James. Surprisingly he doesn't play his usual rogue-like, lecherous old man role as he always did in later entries, instead playing a fair, down-to-earth, good old fashioned policeman who is continually undermined by his superior. Still his performance was a breeze of fresh air in the series. This is basically Carry On Sergeant transferred to a police station. None of it is beleavable of course, but there is certainly plenty of fun to endure and this is perharps one of the best of the black and white Carry On's. Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Connor, all play the blatantly incompetent trainee police-officers who make a mockery of virtually every task they're given but all turns out good in the end of course - after all this is a Carry On film. Amongst the rest of the cast include Joan Sims as super-efficent WPC Gloria Pasworthy (who Kenneth Connor falls hopelessly in love with in the film), Hattie Jaques as a down-to-earth, understanding officer who enjoys a close friendship with Sid James and an amusing cameo from Joan Hickson playing a loveable, typically English eccentric who is forever drunk and getting arrested on drunken-disorderley charges.
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By Mr Viewer on 14 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Despite Sid James this is still a good film.

The black and white carry ons are in a different class to the second rate stuff that followed (with one or two exceptions ie Convenience, England) .
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The fourth Carry on film is absolute class. The jokes are not quite as double entendre as the latter films but are from an age of innocence no longer seen.
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By scorpio on 1 July 2011
Format: DVD
this 1960 vhs item is a classic in its own right. the carry on crowd as usual get into all sorts of scrapes as usual.sid james and hattie jaques as the two senior officers are excellent.williams hawtree connorand leslie philips wer the bundling constables. good fun all round. buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com on 24 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Early entry in the series and basically a re make of Carry On Seargant only this time round being set in a police station. Even so, there are still many laughs to be had even though you can see the chaotic situations that the team get themselves into coming a mile off. The cast includes SID JAMES, in his first Carry On role, KENNETH WILLIAMS, CHARLES HAWTREY, KENNETH CONNOR, LESLIE PHILLIPS, JOAN SIMS, HATTIE JAQUES and ERIC BARKER. The best players are KENNETH WILLIAMS and CHARLES HAWTREY in their usual outrageously camp roles. An overly good, clean old fashioned comedy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ADonald on 20 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I personally enjoy the old black and white Carry On movies, and this one is one of my favourites. With some superb performances from Kenneth Connor and Kenneth Williams,this movie represents excellent value for money. Ding dong, I'm not wrong!
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There ARE special features on this DVD, Although the review says there are none there ARE. Including Audio commentry & others. It does not however mention it on the box.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cantlow on 25 Feb 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is my favourite of the eary black and white Carry On films. It is Sid James 1st Carry On. The rest of the cast include Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Conner etc. The film is 83 mins long but is a laugh a minute. This DVD is a great print and is in widescreen. I did not know that this has a wonderful extra in the commentary of Leslie Phillips. So all in all a great value DVD
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