Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head

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The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon …

ACTORS :  Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1967

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Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head  The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon themselves to aid there French counterparts. Sir Rodney is a master of disguise, and becomes “the black fingernail”, scourge of Camembert and Bidet, leaders of the French secret police…

So you’re the one looking for the black fingernail.

Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head  There is no doubt about it, Carry on don’t lose your head is one of the funniest entries in the series, an utterly joyful film that is funny from start to finish. The backdrop of the French revolution is a real goody, the story line is actually really well devised also it works so well. The characters Thomas managed to create in this film are even bigger, bolder and more flamboyant then normal.

The English/French humour is always really funny and this is massively played on, there’s always been a great humour between the Brits and our French cousins.

Kenneth Williams is on his absolute best form, he gets to totally camp it up and add his snideness. Sid James is great as our hero, Joan Sims is utterly delightful, what a pretty woman she was. As for Charles Hawtrey, I think after Camping it is my favourite performance from him, the best sequence has to be during Sir Rodney’s ball and Camembert says to Pommfrit ‘So you’re the one looking for the black fingernail,’ to which he produces a small hammer and hits his finger. One of many golden comedy sequences, the duel too and siege scenes are funny too. One of those films I never tire of, I love it.

Why The French Do Not Like The English

This film is set during the French Revolution in 1789, where public executions were carried out efficiently and, seemingly, for entertainment. Basically, in order to stop all these rampant executions, two British noblemen, played by Sid James and Jim Dale (of course) travel to France and use various ways to thwart them. This is very amusing, in that their symbol of valiance is the “Black Fingernail”, a funny send up of the “Scarlet Pimpernel”. As it is a Carry On film, you’re going to get one liners, slapstick, sight gags etc. You also get some pretty decent swashbuckling, that was a surprise. Also, you get a lot of speaking to the camera, also funny. Not perfect, but an amusing film. I’d recommend it, especially if you’re a Carry On fan.

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