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Carry On Nurse [VHS]

Kenneth Williams , Hattie Jacques , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton, Charles Hawtrey
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Jack Beale, Norman Hudis, Patrick Cargill
  • Producers: Nat Cohen, Peter Rogers, Stuart Levy
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIG9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

This was the second 'Carry On' film, and a hit in the United States. The patients in a men's hospital ward decide to revolt against the staff, as led by the indomitable Matron (Hattie Jacques). Troublesome patients include Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey. Producer Peter Rogers was offered a five-movie deal on the strength of this film's success.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The next time you're in your hospital bed and two nurses walk in with a long-stemmed daffodil, do not under any circumstance roll over on your stomach.

Carry On Nurse was the second in the Carry On stream of British comedies that began with Carry On Sergeant and lasted for nearly 20 years. You'll either love 'em or you'll hate 'em. You'll love Carry On Nurse, or at least feel a warm, gentle glow of nostalgia break out over you like a rash, if naughty humor based on bedpans, buxom nurses, buttock massages and bunions make you smile. We're in a hospital ward where the male patients are ruled by Matron and where almost every nurse is a knock-out. Naturally, they innocently cause acute adjustment problems for the men who are away from wives and girlfriends. The Carry On gang is represented here by Kenneth Connor as an anxious but well-meaning boxer; Kenneth Williams, all intellectual condescension; Terence Longdon, the good-looking observer; Charles Hawtrey, who made mincing about an art form; Hattie Jacques as the iron-willed Matron; and a number of others, including a solo appearance by Wilfred Hyde-White as a demanding patient who winds up in the best joke of the movie. It involves that daffodil. Among the nurses is Shirley Eaton, guaranteed to disturb any man's dreams.

The story, such as it is, is even slighter than Carry On Sergeant. Carry On Nurse is really a series of episodic vignettes and jokes, leading up to Hawtrey swishing about in a nurse's uniform, Williams brandishing knives and preparing to remove a bunion while reading how to do it, Connor administering the anesthetic which turns out to be laughing gas, and poor Lesley Phillips, who just wanted his bunion fixed so he could get on with a bit of snogging he'd arranged for the next day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily The Best Carry On! 21 Oct 2004
Most Carry On Fans will agree that the early films were the best. We all have our own favourites however, and this is one of mine. The entire story takes place in a Men's Medical Ward in a large Hospital. Movie buffs will recognise the rear gardens and the front of the main building as Pinewood Studios where so many of the Carry Ons were made. All the main Carry On characters are here. Kenneth Williams as an academic who incidentally has his only romance in the entire series; Kenneth Connor as a boxer; Charles Hawtrey as a music fanatic; and the delightful Leslie Philips as a womaniser who spends most of his time eyeing up the nurses until that final scene which is very very funny by the way, in the operating theatre. Its a laugh a minute. Might look dated to some, but one cannot deny the presence of so many wonderful comedy actors who hold the film together. For an old movie, picture and sound are quite good. Can be bought for a great price too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy of manners 17 Feb 2009
I've only just seen this, 50 years late, but it was worth the wait. All the regular stalwarts are there, with the exception of Sid James and Jim Dale; but its none the worse for that. In fact its a funny, and for its time quite racy film.

Standout amongst the performances are Hattie Jacques as the 'Matron', who all the hospital staff are terrified of. However even Matron is lost for words when Oliver (played by Kenneth Williams) tells her the truth about 'the rules'. To pick one member of the cast is unfair though, as they are all good and amazingly some are still with us to this day.

The film is also a reflection of its time. Single sex wards and smoking in them as well - surely some mistake!

This is simple film, the like of which are not made today. Buy it and be entertained.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carry On Comedy 17 Aug 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Being one of the early ones of course it is still in black and white but as soon as you forget about this lack of colour you can start to enjoy Kenneth William's hysterical one liners. Always a classic that is more than re-watchable. A mad story about patients trying to over rule the hospital. Very funny
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo 14 Feb 2012
Warning, this film may be enjoyed. it does not contain Sid James or Barbara Windsor.

Made in the days when nurses had time for their patients, hospitals looked like hospitals should be and Matron was in charge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Carry On Film 22 May 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Carry On Nurse saw the series hit the jackpot with this proving an enormous box office suucess in the U.S.A where it ran in some cinemas for an astounding 2 and a half years! Whilst some firmly regard this as one of the best of the entire series, it has to be said that this film has nothing on some of the later medical entries such as Doctor (1967) (even though that was a virtually an updated remake of Nurse), Again Doctor (1969) and Matron (71). The film develops at a leisurley pace and has no real back bone of a plot. Hattie Jaques plays the no-nonsense Matron which would become something of her trademark in the series, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor and Leslie Phillips are amongst the patients and Joan Sims makes her debut apperance in a Carry On film (who would stay with the series through to Carry On Emmanuelle in 1978) as a clumsy, accident-prone nurse. A gentle comedy that doesn't quite hit the delights of some of the series future entries but with the vast majority of the regulars being involved its defintley worth a look!
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5.0 out of 5 stars well packaged. would use again.
well packaged.would use again.
Published 24 days ago by mrs julie midwinter
5.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Nurse :)
Carry On Nurse in my opinion is one of the true great early classics in the Carry On series :).

You get all the early regulars including Kenneth Williams, Kenneth... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BITW91
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 7 months ago by mrs janet grant
5.0 out of 5 stars carry on nurse
This product was good value for money, and arrived on time with no hassles. There was no hidden costs and overall I am more than satisfied.
Published 8 months ago by T. M. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
It was in 1959, that I was working in the big RAF Hospital at Halton. This film and the others in this series, portray hospital life just as I remember it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cobber Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you for your responce in sending item out
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Published 11 months ago by david calver
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great carry on!
Very good dvd! If you love comedy, you are going to love this. Would recommend to all comedy loving people out there!
Published 13 months ago by Claudia101
4.0 out of 5 stars Silliness at it's best!!!!!
I bought this for my husband for Christmas with another Carry On film. It is lunacy taken to new heights -- bookmaking in the wards, high jinks galore. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dorothy L. Sayers
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven Hospital? You must be joking.
The Matron of Haven Hospital is a fearsome lady, she runs a tight ship and the staff and patients are constantly walking on egg shells. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Spike Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars bed pan humour.
this film has its moments but not i think one of the best.the star here is joan sims . her role was one of the better ones. bed pan humour all the way. for fans only.
Published on 1 July 2011 by scorpio
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