Carry On Sergeant Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they turn out to be, and it’s up to Grimshaw to put the no-hopers through their paces.
As you were, sergeant
What’s Wrong with Gentle Humor?
Carry On Sergeant Humor doesn’t need to be slapstick, sexual, or degrading to be funny. It’s the juxtaposition of elements that creates tension and laughs in this gentle comedy about a newly-wed husband who finds out on his wedding day that he’s been drafted. Add to this an Army instructor who’s about to retire, and who makes an extravagant bet that in his last platoon he will finally have a Champion Platoon, only to find that he’s been saddled with a bunch of misfits. Sgt. Grimshawe is played in low-key style by William Hartnell in a gentle send-up of his many ‘tough sergeant’ roles. Bob Monkhouse, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, et. al. turn in equally understated performances that actually enhance the humor.
This film is the obvious inspiration for Bill Murray’s ‘Stripes’, which, while funny, doesn’t have anywhere *near* the charm of ‘Carry On, Sergeant’. It holds up very well, indeed.