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Watch Your Stern [DVD]

Kenneth Connor , Eric Barker , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Noel Purcell
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Alan Hackney, Earle Couttie, Vivian Cox
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FYPYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,231 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A navy lark with many of the 'Carry-On' crew in which a ship's steward convinces his admiral he is the brain behind a homing torpedo, but he finds himself in deep water.


Adapted from the play Something About a Sailor by Earle Couttie, Watch Your Stern is from the team responsible for the Carry On series and retains the same winning comic formula.

Accident-prone ship’s steward, Officer Blissworth (Kenneth Connor), manages to destroy the blueprints to a top-secret homing torpedo project. Along with his equally inadequate commanding officer, Captain Foster (Eric Barker), their only hope is to get another set bound for London. But when Admiral Sir Humphrey Pettigrew (Noel Purcell) turns up they try to cover up their mistake by presenting him with a set of plans that detail the ship's refrigeration system. When they discover a female naval scientist, Miss Potter (Hattie Jacques), is due to arrive for torpedo testing, Blissworth is forced to dress in drag and impersonate her. Blissworth’s dilemma is exacerbated when the Admiral himself needs keeping at bay because of his amorous intentions.

The cast also includes comic stars Sid James, Eric Sykes, Spike Milligan and Leslie Phillips.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Nov 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is basically a toned down carry on film. The films have some of the Carry on regulars in, i.e. kenneth connor, joan sims, sid james etc... The big Job plot: After serving time in prison, the gang try to retreive some loot that they hid before they went to prison, but the above the place where they hid it is a police station, even so they still attepmt to get it. Watch your Stern plot: The plans for a new torpedo are accidentally destroyed by hapless seaman Kenneth connor, however, when the admiral declares he is going to come aboad with a visiting scientist who wants to see the plans the crew race around tryijng to cover it. these are excellent films. if you liked the style of comedy in britain at the time or if you liked the carry on films, then you WILL like these, I strongly suggest that thses films be bought because they are classic British gems
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Up a tone Blissworth, not up a crows nest! 13 Dec 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Watch Your Stern is directed by Gerald Thomas and adapted to screenplay by Alan Hackney and Vivian A. Cox from the play Something About A Sailor written by Earle Couttie. It stars Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Noel Purcell and Hattie Jacques. Music is by Bruce Montgomery and photography by Ted Scaife. Plot is set mostly aboard a British warship and revolves around the loss of top secret plans for an acoustic torpedo. With the Admiral coming to peruse the plans the captain and his charges must try to bluff the Admiral that the plans are still in safe hands. Not going to be easy since a top scientist is also on route to inspect the plans for a fault correction.

Potter, Impostor, Foster and Uncle Humpers.

Out of Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors and filmed primarily at Pinewood Studios, Watch Your Stern is put together by the production team responsible for the popular Carry On series of films. However, to lump it in with the more bawdy and boisterous Carry On series would be wrong, for this is Carry On lite, more amiable and delicate in humour, it's a picture driven by a fine cast and solid structure of writing. The premise of course is hardly ground shaking, but story is strong enough for a good deal of humour to shine through whilst allowing the likes of the excellent Connor to showcase his undoubted comedic talents. There's even some stand out work in the secondary support slots from Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes. Not all the characters are fully formed, and in some cases; such as with Leslie Phillips, actors are not utilised for better results. But pic is never less than charming, with there being enough quality in dialogue and set pieces to make it a safe recommendation to fans of British comedy movies from off of the Anglo-Amalgamated production line. 6.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enjoyable film 12 May 2007
By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE
Watch your Stern, could be a Carry Film. It has many of the regulars in, i.e. Kenneth Connor (who is outstanding!), Joan Sims, Sidney James etc.

Well worth buying if like me you enjoy a good British Comedy. Being in black and white this film has an 'atmosphere' that a colour versin would not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty pre-"Carry On" 20 Nov 2006
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Many laughs, as well as a fine and well-known cast! From the outset, though, the real star of this film has to be Kenneth Connor, who shows just how brilliant an actor he was. His portrayal of a lowly ship's rating, enthralled with electronics, yet accident prone, is completely believable. However, he comes into his own, when he is made up to become the absent minded "boffin" and then an "old dragon" of a female scientist. With the ever lovely Joan Simms, a bearded Sid James, Leslie Phillips and even a rare appearance of the late great Spike Milligan, who gives a plausible impression of an Indian electrician. Even a relatively minor appearance of a young Hattie Jacques, helps to make this a film that will guarantee a lot of laughs. Watch out for the "Potter" play on words, very cleverly written and brilliantly executed. Another fine performance, too, by Noel Purcell, who plays the Admiral brilliantly! You will even see some views of Chatham Dockyard - most of it has gone now, but some parts can still be seen, such as the main gate! The plot? They lost that ages ago, but it's all about a disastrous torpedo, that blows up the wrong ships and how our hero (Kenneth Connor) tries to save the day. Very typical, early Carry On; timeless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service and product ... 24 Jun 2014
By CJBrady
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Been wanting to see this for years. Matched expectations and more .... thoroughly recommended for a present or two - enjoy!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Your Stern 11 Feb 2014
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Good old fashioned british comedy that can still raise a laugh after all these years. Nice to see this and others similar being reissued again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good laugh 10 Oct 2013
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I had this on vhs but lost it, very pleasant to watch. pre carry on film cast very good value
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 20 July 2013
By Fruity
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We love this film. It stars the excellent Kenneth Connor. Initially it takes a bit of getting into but becomes a really good film. We were glued to it and will definitely be watching it again.
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