Don't Lose Your Head

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This article is about the Carry On film. For the songs, see Don't Lose Your Head (Queen song) and Don't Lose Your Head (INXS song).
Don't Lose Your Head
Carry On- Don't Lose Your Head poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Renato Fratini
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Produced by Peter Rogers
Written by Talbot Rothwell
Starring Sid James
Kenneth Williams
Jim Dale
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Sims
Dany Robin
Narrated by Patrick Allen
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Rod Keys
Distributed by Rank Organisation
Release date(s) December 1966
Running time 90 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £200,000

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Filming dates – 12 September-28 October 1966

Interiors:

Exteriors:

Bibliography[edit]

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  • Ross, Robert (2002). The Carry On Companion. London: Batsford. ISBN 978-0713487718. 
  • Bright, Morris; Ross, Robert (2000). Mr Carry On – The Life & Work of Peter Rogers. London: BBC Books. ISBN 978-0563551836. 
  • Rigelsford, Adrian (1996). Carry On Laughing – a celebration. London: Virgin. ISBN 1-85227-554-5. 
  • Hibbin, Sally & Nina (1988). What a Carry On. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 978-0600558194. 
  • Eastaugh, Kenneth (1978). The Carry On Book. London: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0715374030. C

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