A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

Black & White

Screenplay: Norman Hudis, based on The Bull Boys by RF Delderfield
Additional material - John Antrobus
Music: Bruce Montgomery
Certificate U
83 minutes

Sergeant Grimshaw - William Hartnell
Charlie Sage Bob Monkhouse
Mary - Shirley Eaton
Captain Potts - Eric Barker
Nora - Dora Bryan
Corporal Copping - Bill Owen
Horace Strong - Kenneth Connor
Peter Golightly - Charles Hawtrey
James Bailey - Kenneth Williams
Miles Heywood - Terence Longdon
Herbert Brown - Norman Rossington
Captain Clark - Hattie Jacques
Andy Galloway - Gerald Campion
First Recruit - Jack Smethurst
Thirteenth Recruit - Henry Living



"Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey are the prankish misfits who become the hilarious bane of an army officer's existence when he takes a bet he will turn them into Star Award soldiers - or bust!"


The Story

Sergeant Grimshaw is close to retirement. His last group of National Service recruits are about to join. They include newlywed Charlie Sage, separated from his bride by being called up on his wedding day. Grimshaw has bet his fellow officers that he can get his men through training with the highest honours and win the Star Squad prize. His men, however, are complete incompetents and get everything disastrously wrong. When they find out about Grimshaw's retirement and the bet, they decide to pull out all the stops and win the prize. Meanwhile, Sage's bride, Mary, can't bear to be separated from her husband and hatches a plan to be near him...




A wonderful little film. This is about as far removed from the bawdy, blokeish humour of the later films as you can get, but it nevertheless succeeds to be thoroughly entertaining and very funny. The film is largely reminiscent of the Army Game (the presence of the ever wonderful William Hartnell and Charles Hawtrey are testament to this), and doesn't suffer for it one bit.

The final script for Carry On Sergeant is based on an original piece of work by John Antrobus.  The complete version of Antrobus' script is available to read in the book "The Complete A-Z of Everything Carry On".