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Carry On Don't Lose Your Head [DVD] [1967]

Kenneth Williams , Sidney James , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Butterworth
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Talbot Rothwell
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051WBR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Carry On Don't Lose Your Head parodies the adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel, with crinkly, cackling Sid James as master of disguise the Black Fingernail and Jim Dale as his assistant Lord Darcy. He must rescue preposterously effete aristo Charles Hawtrey from the clutches of Kenneth Williams' fiendish Citizen Camembert and his sidekick Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth). The Black Fingernail is assisted in his efforts to thwart the birth of the burgeoning republic by the almost supernatural stupidity of his opponents, who fail to recognise the frankly undisguisable Sid James even when dressed as a flirty young woman. What with an executioner who is tricked into beheading himself in order to prove the efficacy of his own guillotine, it's all a little too easy. As usual, no groan-worthy pun is left unturned, nor unheralded by the soundtrack strains of a long whistle or wah-wah trumpet. This is pretty silly stuff even by Carry On standards, with most of the cast barely required to come out of first gear and an overlong climactic swordfight sequence hardly raising the dramatic stakes. Most of the humour here resides neither in the script nor the characterisation but in the endlessly watchable Williams' whooping, nasal delivery (occasionally lapsing into broad Cockney) and the jowl movements of the always-underrated Butterworth.

On the DVD: There are no extra features except scene selection. The picture is 4:3 full screen ratio.--David Stubbs

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carry on chopping!! 9 April 2003
By Libretio VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD

(UK - 1967)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

During the French Revolution, the villainous Citizen Camembert (a perpetually outraged Kenneth Williams) goes in search of the notorious 'Black Fingernail' (Sid James), an unidentified British aristocrat who's been crossing the English Channel to rescue his French counterparts from the guillotine.

The second and final entry in the long-running series not to feature 'Carry On' in its title due to political fall-out from a change of UK distributor (the first was FOLLOW THAT CAMEL in 1966), DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD demonstrates yet again that screenwriter Talbot Rothwell was at his best when indulging his fondness for historical burlesque. Sumptuously mounted on various high-blown locations (including Clandon Park and Waddesdon Manor, with interiors filmed at Pinewood studios), the film's ribald parody of the French Revolution encompasses everything from silly character names (Camembert is the local 'big cheese', aided and abetted by the gormless Citizen Bidet, while the Black Fingernail conceals his true identity under the foppish pseudonym of Sir Rodney Ffing - "with two F's!") to puns, sight gags and lowbrow slapstick. In other words, the formula as before. But like so many of the better Carry On's, the comedy is rooted in a well-developed storyline, augmented by the usual array of flamboyant characters and eccentric supporting players.

Highlights include Charles Hawtrey as a jolly French aristocrat, and Joan Sims as Williams' Cockney-spouting sister (Sims and Hawtrey share an unlikely seduction sequence midway through the film which culminates in a terrific 'please yourself' gag).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest 15 Mar 2001
Format:DVD
This must be one of the funniest of the Carry On series. Set during the French Revolution, a rebel known as the black fingernail begins to cause havoc by setting free the imprisoned peers, lords, ladies and royalty.
With inuendos in every sentence and a great script, this film is one of my personal all-time favourites.
Even if you're not too keen on Carry On films, you will like this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This carry on has a marvellous story, great acting and hilarious jokes in this carry on about the French revolution. Kenneth Williams plays the hilarious evil Citizen Camembert, who is chopping off all the heads of the french aristocracy, along with his stupid little assistant, Citizen Bidet. Meanwhile back in England Sid James and Jim Dale here about this and come over to france to save all the poor aristocracy, using many different tricks and disguises, and always leaving behind him a picture of two fingers stuck up and one of the fingernails is black, so they are notoriously know in France as The Black Fingernail!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Pimpernel, ooh I say madame 8 July 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Dandy fop Sir Rodney Effing has an alter ego, The Black Fingernail. A man, who along with his partner, Lord Darcy Pue, rescue French aristocrats from the clutches of the revolutionary police chief, Citizen Camembert.

Carry On producer Peter Rogers had severed his links with Anglo Amalgamated and swiftly signed up with Rank Organisation. Miffed at losing their number one cash franchise, and no doubt with a touch of petulance, Anglo's brass refused Rogers permission to using the "Carry On" prefix. Thus this picture was initially released as just "Don't Lose Your Head" in 1966. Eventually common sense prevailed, and this rightly became known as the 13th franchise entry as "Carry On Don't Lose Your Head" {tho the American release of it being called "Carry On Pimpernel" makes better sense one feels}.

Spoofing The Scarlet Pimpernel legacy with a ream of innuendo and double entendre's, the Carry On team deliver one of the better efforts from the series. This is in the main down to Talbot Rothwell's screenplay. Rothwell wrote the screenplay for 20 of the series efforts, he was someone who director and producer both trusted, and crucially that the cast also had faith in. Here his writing is excellent, if of course you be a fan of the saucy shenanigans that came with this particular part of British cinema that is? With characters called Citizen Camembert {refered to as the big cheese, get it?}, Duc de Pommfrit, Citizen Bidet and Sir Rodney Effing {yes that's two F's}, Rothwell lets loose with wave after wave of cheeky dialogue, all delivered with comic aplomb from the likes of Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale and the undervalued Peter Butterworth.

There's also a real good production from Rogers.
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Carry on watching this really good "version" of The Scarlet Pimpernel or The Black Fingernail aka Sid James. This has all the usual charm and fun of the Carry On team, with good old Sid James as the hero of the hour.

From one chop to the next, the French Revolution is reinacted in a way of that only the Carry On team can! Watch the regulars work their perfectly timed one-liners on us again and again, wearing some great costumes. It's so very entertaining and funny from start to finish, I cannot think of a better Carry On film to compare it with. Starring: Sid James, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Simms to name but a few. Good old fashioned fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny.
This parody of the scarlet pimpernel was very good. It was a bit too noisy at times. The black finger nail was excellent.
Published 1 month ago by R.W.Rumbol
5.0 out of 5 stars Side Splittingly Funny
It's not the traditional "Carry On" but the take on The Scarlet Pimpernel makes this my favourite Carry On film. It's simply hilarious!
Published 4 months ago by Trampette
5.0 out of 5 stars full of the old one line jokes
This is full of the well loved one liners, by beloved Carry On stars and introducing new ones. The classic guillotine scene where the letter arrives and he says put it in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by La Fitch
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Carry On films
This was one of the best period Carry On films, originally released in 1966. It is set during the French Revolution and is a parody of the Scarlet Pimpernel stories. Read more
Published 14 months ago by FJY
5.0 out of 5 stars another classic
not much to say really , yet another carry on classic, got nearly everyone now!! thank you the carry on team!!
Published 14 months ago by jerryspringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Carry on Don't Lose Your Head
Another one to the collection which still makes us laugh no matter how many times we watch it great film.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs S A Hemmens
5.0 out of 5 stars carry on
I have always loved the carry on films and I do actually have the complete box set but, I had to order this one as the one in the set did not work. Read more
Published 16 months ago by linda rawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Lose Your Head worth every penny
Don't Lose Your Head is one of the very best Carry Ons. Set in the turbulent days of the French Revolution, the beknighted city of Paris is lorded over by the fiendish and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by P F THOROGOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars carry on don"t lose your head dvd
for some reason this one is hard to find on region 1 format in the us at a decent price, so I found a multi-region dvd player, and now I am able to purchace all of the titles I... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Thomas Kibbee Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars don't lose your head
I received the product within a few days and condition was as described. No problem and would definately approve and order again from this source.
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by creuser
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