Carry On Matron
|Carry On Matron|
Original UK quad poster
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Distributed by||The Rank Organisation|
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.
Along with the next film in the series (Carry On Abroad), it features the highest number of the regular Carry On team. The only members missing are Frankie Howerd, Jim Dale and Peter Butterworth. Dale would return belatedly for Carry On Columbus in 1992 and Butterworth returned in a major role in Abroad the following year. Butterworth was due to play Freddy but was unable because of other work engagements.
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). Cyril does not want a life of crime, but is emotionally blackmailed by his father into going along with his scheme to rob Finisham Maternity Hospital for its stock of contraceptive pills and sell them abroad. Cyril reluctantly disguises himself as a new female nurse to case the hospital and the booty. Assumed to be one of the new student nurses who have just arrived, he is assigned to share a room with 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. 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 decides 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 patient 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 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) goes into labour, but as Cyril knocks Prodd out in the ambulance, he is forced to deal with the actress's triplets being born. Jane Darling is delighted with Cyril and hails "the nurse" a heroine for her efforts, bringing fame to the hospital. Susan uncovers Cyril's disguise, but as she is in love with him, does not reveal the truth.
The much put-upon 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 realise they would suffer nationwide humiliation if anyone found out. Cyril weds his shapely nurse Susan, and Matron finally gets her doctor.
- Sid James as Sid Carter
- Kenneth Williams as Sir Bernard Cutting
- Charles Hawtrey as Doctor Francis A Goode
- Hattie Jacques as Matron
- Joan Sims as Mrs Tidey
- Bernard Bresslaw as Ernie Bragg
- Barbara Windsor as Nurse Susan Ball
- Kenneth Connor as Mr Tidey
- Terry Scott as Doctor Prodd
- Kenneth Cope as Cyril Carter
- Jacki Piper as Sister
- Bill Maynard as Freddy
- Patsy Rowlands as Evelyn Banks
- Derek Francis as Arthur
- Amelia Bayntun as Mrs Jenkins
- Valerie Leon as Jane Darling
- Brian Osborne as Ambulance driver
- Gwendolyn Watts as Frances Kemp
- Valerie Shute as Miss Smethurst
- Margaret Nolan as Mrs Tucker
- Michael Nightingale as Pearson
- Wendy Richard as Miss Willing
- Zena Clifton as Au pair girl
- Bill Kenwright as Reporter
- Robin Hunter as Mr Darling
- Jack Douglas as Twitching father
- Madeline Smith as Mrs Pullitt
- Juliet Harmer as Mrs Bentley (uncredited)
- Gilly Grant as Nurse in bath (uncredited)
- Lindsay March as Shapely nurse (uncredited)
- Laura Collins as Nurse (uncredited)
- 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
- Filming dates – 11 October-26 November 1971
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
- Heatherwood Hospital, Berkshire
- The White House, Denham, Buckinghamshire
- St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire
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