Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Carry On Nurse

After the unexpected success of Carry On Sergeant, the team of producer Peter Rogers (1914-2009), director Gerald Thomas (1920-1993), and writer Norman Hudis (1922-2016) promptly devised another feature, now set in a NHS hospital.
This comedy (only the second entry in the Carry On franchise) was based on the play Ring for Catty, was the top grossing film at the UK box office in 1959. It became the most successful title in the series, and was a surprise hit in America.
Kenneth Williams (1926-1988), Kenneth Connor (1918-1993), Charles Hawtrey (1914-1988), Bill Owen (1914-1999), Hattie Jacques (1922-1980), Norman Rossington, Shirley Eaton, and Martin Boddey all returned from Carry On 
Sergeant.
Joan Sims (1930-2001), June Whitfield (born 1925), Leslie Phillips, and Joan Hickson (1906-1998) all made their series debuts here - Sims would appear in twenty-three further films.
Shown again on Film 4 today, the comedy also featured Wilfrid Hyde White, 
Irene Handl, and seven Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Big Finish guest star Phillips (Bell) voiced Robert Knox for both Medicinal Purposes (2004) and Assassin in the Limelight (2008)
  • Whitfield (Meg here; Augusta in Carry On Girls; Queen Isabella in Carry On Columbus) played Minnie Hooper in The End of Time
  • for Sims (Nurse Dawson) see Carry On Cleo
  • for Boddey (Perkins) see Carry On Sergeant
  • for Bernard Bresslaw (Stand-in) see Carry On At Your Convenience
  • for Reg Thomason (Porter) see Carry On Jack
  • for dress designer Joan Ellacott see Carry On Cruising

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