The premise of Carry On Nurse is nothing new. Once more, we have a group of strangers thrown together in to a situation where they have to learn to work together to overcome adversity. As in Carry On Sergeant, it is really the developing characters who grab the audience attention.
Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Shirley Eaton, Hattie Jacques and Bill Owen work brilliantly together, sparking off each other in every scene. The situation and plot become secondary to the spectacle of the cast doing what they do best and it is there that Carry On Nurse, like so many other Carry Ons, really makes an impact.
Where Carry On Nurse is less successful is in the way it continually tries to tug at the viewer’s heart strings. The early Carry Ons are often accused of being overly sentimental, even mawkish, and Carry On Nurse is without doubt the worst offender. There’s the love story between York and Nurse Denton, the growing romance between Reckitt and Jill, Bernie Bishop’s tender moment with his son at the end of the film and plenty more little tear-jerkers along the way. There is simply too much emotion coming from too many different characters. Nevertheless, Carry On Nurse remains a delightfully intimate film which, despite slipping into the odd moment of soppiness, is never too far away from a gag or a spot of sauciness.