Don't Lose Your Head
|Don't Lose Your Head|
Theatrical release poster by Renato Fratini
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Narrated by||Patrick Allen|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Edited by||Rod Keys|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
|Release date(s)||December 1966|
|Running time||90 min.|
Don't Lose Your Head is the thirteenth in the series of Carry On films to be made (and one of only two not to have "Carry On" in the original title). It features regular team members Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims. French actress Dany Robin makes her only Carry on appearance in Don't Lose Your Head. It was released in 1966. Set in France and England in 1789 during the French revolution, it is a parody of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.
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It is the time of the French Revolution, and two bored English noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing (pronounced "Effing") and his best friend Lord Darcy Pue (played by Sid James and Jim Dale respectively), decide to have some fun and save their French counterparts from beheading by the guillotine.
Enraged revolutionary leader Citizen Camembert (Kenneth Williams) and his toadying lackey, Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth), scour France and England for the elusive saviour of the French nobles, who has become known as The Black Fingernail. After abducting the Fingernail's true love, Jacqueline (Dany Robin), Camembert and Bidet plot to lure the Fingernail to his death... oblivious that Desiree (Joan Sims), Camembert's flamboyant mistress, is herself in love with the hero and will do all she can to save him from the guillotine.
- Sid James as Sir Rodney Ffing/The Black Fingernail
- Kenneth Williams as Citizen Camembert
- Jim Dale as Lord Darcy Pue
- Charles Hawtrey as Duke de Pommefrite
- Joan Sims as Desiree Dubarry
- Peter Butterworth as Citizen Bidet
- Dany Robin as Jacqueline
- Peter Gilmore as Citizen Robespierre
- Marianne Stone as Landlady
- Michael Ward as Henri
- Leon Greene as Malabonce
- Hugh Futcher as Guard
- Richard Shaw as Captain
- David Davenport as Sergeant
- Jennifer Clulow as 1st lady
- Valerie Van Ost as 2nd lady
- Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
- Music – Eric Rogers
- Song – Bill Martin & Phil Coulter
- Performers – Michael Sammes Singers
- Production Manager – Jack Swinburne
- Director of Photography – Alan Hume
- Editor – Rod Keys
- Art Director – Lionel Couch
- Camera Operator – Jimmy Devis
- Assistant Director – Jack Causey
- Sound Editor – W Nelson
- Sound Recordists – Dudley Messenger & Ken Barker
- Continuity – Rita Davison
- Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
- Hairdressing – Stella Rivers
- Costume Designer – Emma Selby-Walker
- Choreographer – Terry Gilbert
- Horse Master – Jeremy Taylor
- Producer – Peter Rogers
- Director – Gerald Thomas
Filming and locations
- Filming dates – 12 September-28 October 1966
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
- Clandon Hall, Guildford, Surrey, England
- Claydon Park, Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England
- Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
- Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
- Black Park, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
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