I’ve always loved the Carry On… movies. I guess growing up in Britain, these movies were the first real movies you get to see, where they use words like ‘bum’, ‘arse’, and ‘knickers’, and you don’t have to feel embarrased in front of your parents, because you knew that whilst there was a lot of innuendo, there’s never be anything actually rude.
This one was filmed in and around my home town, and features loads of local landmarks. It is also a showcase for the cream of british comedy actors from the seventies, such as Sid James, Frankie Howard, Kenneth Williams, Charlie Hawtrey, and the very under-valued Jim Dale. The plot is simple. Two doctors in a hospital. One is popular with staff and patients, is good at his job, and is loved from afar by the pretty nurse. The other doctor is resentful, and enlists the help of the old battle-axe Matron to engineer his dismissal. Cue some saucy humour (‘Oh, youve got a nice pear!’) and some slapstick to match keaton, and you have the movie. You all know how it’ll end, but that’s OK. Just watch and enjoy.