Carry On Nurse (1959)

Gerald Thomas directs Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey and Hattie Jacques in British comedy where a group of young nurses and male patients butt head in a strictly run ward.

Not the best example of its form but the crisp black and white cinematography and a decade defined air of restraint makes this seem a little more sophisticated than later entries. None of the eventual regulars are given quite enough screen time to steal the show but equally the ropier faces can’t outstay their welcome under this scattergun system. Hawtrey has some enthusiastic little moments as the overly expressive simp enthralled by the hospital radio being pumped through his bedside headphones. Featuring brief appearances from Shirley Eaton, Jill Ireland, Leslie Phillips and the always wonderfully off key Irene Handl.


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