Carry On Matron

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Carry On Matron
Carry On Matron.jpg
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Produced by Peter Rogers
Written by Talbot Rothwell
Starring Sid James
Kenneth Williams
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Sims
Hattie Jacques
Bernard Bresslaw
Kenneth Cope
Terry Scott
Barbara Windsor
Kenneth Connor
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Alfred Roome
Distributed by The Rank Organisation
Release dates May 1972
Running time 87 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £224,995

Carry On Matron is the twenty-third in the series of Carry On films to be made. It was released in 1972. It features series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Connor. This was the last Carry on... film for Terry Scott after appearing in seven films. Carry On Matron was the second and last Carry On... for Kenneth Cope.

Plot[edit]

Sid Carter (Sid James) is the cunning head of a criminal gang that includes the longhaired drip Ernie Bragg (Bernard Bresslaw), the cheeky Freddy (Bill Maynard) and Sid's honest son, Cyril (Kenneth Cope), who does not want to live a life of crime, but is emotionally blackmailed by his father into going along with his scheme to rob Finisham Maternity Hospital for it's stock of contraceptive pills. Cyril reluctantly disguises himself as a new nurse to case the hospital and the booty, however he is assumed to be one of a batch of new student nurses who have just arrived, and is assigned the same room as the shapely, blonde nurse, Susan Ball (Barbara Windsor). Unfortunately for Cyril, he also catches the eye of the hospital Lothario, Dr. Prodd (Terry Scott.)

Sir Bernard Cutting (Kenneth Williams), the hypochondriac registrar of the hospital, is convinced he's undergoing a sex change, however when he consults the nutty Dr F.A. Goode (Charles Hawtrey), Goode dishes out psychiatric mumbo jumbo, stating that Cutting merely wants to prove his manhood, and Cutting realizes he is in love with Matron (Hattie Jacques). Matron, on the other hand, has more than enough to contend with on the wards, with the gluttonous Mrs Tidey (Joan Sims) who seems more interested in eating than producing a baby and her long-suffering British Rail worker husband (Kenneth Connor) who continually hangs around the waiting room. When Cyril and goes back to Prodd's room to get a map of the hospital, Prodd attempts to get intimate, only to be knocked across the room. Prodd and Cyril are called out on an emergency when lovely film star Jane Darling (Valerie Leon) begins to have her baby, but as Cyril knocks Prodd out in the ambulance, he is forced to deal with the actress's triplets being born. However, Jane Darling is delighted with Cyril, and hails "the nurse" a heroine for her efforts, bringing fame to the hospital. However, Susan uncovers Cyril's disguise, but as she is in love with him, she does not reveal the truth.

The Sister (Jacki Piper) desperately tries to keep the ward in order, while Cutting's secretary, Miss Banks (Patsy Rowlands) keeps her employer in check but nothing can cool his pent-up desire to prove himself as a man ... and it's Matron who's in his sights! The criminal gang don disguises – Sid dresses as the foreign "Dr Zhivago" and Ernie as a heavily expectant mum – but the crime is thwarted by the mothers-to-be. The medical hierarchy's threat to call the police is halted when Sid reveals the heroine of the day is a man, and the hospital realize they would suffer nationwide humiliation if anyone found out. Cyril weds his shapely nurse, Susan and Matron finally gets her doctor.

Cast and Crew[edit]

  • Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
  • Music – Eric Rogers
  • Production Manager – Jack Swinburne
  • Art Director – Lionel Couch
  • Editor – Alfred Roome
  • Director of Photography – Ernest Steward
  • Camera Operator – James Bawden
  • Continuity – Joy Mercer
  • Assistant Director – Bert Batt
  • Sound Recordists – Danny Daniel & Ken Barker
  • Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
  • Hairdresser – Stella Rivers
  • Costume Designer – Courtenay Elliott
  • Assistant Art Director – William Alexander
  • Set Dresser – Peter Lamont
  • Dubbing Editor – Peter Best
  • Titles – GSE Ltd
  • Processor – Rank Film Laboratories
  • Assistant Editor – Jack Gardner
  • Wardrobe Mistresses – Vi Murray & Maggie Lewin
  • Producer – Peter Rogers
  • Director – Gerald Thomas

Filming and locations[edit]

  • Filming dates – 11 October-26 November 1971

Interiors:

Exteriors:

  • Heatherwood Hospital, Berkshire
  • The White House, Denham, Buckinghamshire
  • St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Bibliography[edit]

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