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Carry On Sergeant [DVD] [1958]

4.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, William Hartnell, Shirley Eaton, Eric Barker
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: John Antrobus, Norman Hudis, R.F. Delderfield
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005MFJF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The first of the Carry On movies, 1958's Sergeant is rather different from its successors, much more a film of its time (the latter days of National Service) and rather less a bawdy picture postcard. Sergeant Grimshaw (William Hartnell long before Doctor Who) is about to retire and hopes that he can get his last platoon into shape as Champion Platoon of its intake. Unfortunately, the new recruits include the clumsy Golightly (Charles Hawtrey), the barrack-room lawyer Bailey (Kenneth Williams) and the hypochondriac Horace Strong (Kenneth Connor). Love interest is provided by Bob Monkhouse and Shirley Eaton--newlyweds separated by the call-up and reunited by her taking a job in the canteen--and by the pursuit of Horace by Dora Bryan's Nora. The film relies heavily on a mixture of slapstick and paradoxical revelations of character complexity--the obnoxious Bailey nonetheless takes the trouble to coach the incorrigibly dense Herbert (Norman Rossington); the series' later obsession with low comedy only really emerges in the scenes between Horace and the medic Captain Clark (Hattie Jacques). The platoon's eventual coming together as other than total incompetents is predictable, but likable.

On the DVD: The DVD has no frills whatever except for a widescreen picture and chapter selections; it has been cleaned up however so that we get a remarkably crisp mono picture and mono sound, which brings out the quality of the military-band score by Bruce Montgomery, who was also the writer Edmund Crispin. --Roz Kaveney

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