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Carry On Matron (1972, Sid James, Kenneth Williams)



Known also as: From Here to Maternity, Womb at the Top, Familiarity Breeds and Preggar’s Opera, Carry On Matron marked the end of the medical shenanigans of the Carry On team.

The story is as ephemeral here as it is in most Carry On movies: Sid James has a plan to sell the Pill to foreign countries. However, he has to send his son Kenneth Cope into a maternity hospital to keep an eye on the stocks of the Pill. But to do this, he has to drag up as a nurse – unfortunately, he meets and falls in love with Barbara Windsor. Meanwhile, Kenneth Williams is a hypochondreac who believes that his feminine side is coming to the fore too much. He seeks the advice of Charles Hawtrey, a doctor who advises him to drag out his masculinity by hook or by crook by pursuing the hospital’s matron, Hattie Jacques, a woman initially with the frosty demeanour of the iceberg that took on the Titanic.

With lines such as ‘Doctor, your mail.’ ‘Yes! And I can prove it, too!’, the script leaves no entendre unbawded. Regarded by many of the fans as one of the better Carry On films, expert Carry Onistes have pointed to the seduction scene between Williams and Jacques as one of the funniest in the entire Carry On canon.

production details
UK / Anglo Amalgamated | 87 minutes | 1972

Director: Gerald Thomas
Script: Talbot Rothwell,

Joan Sims as Mrs. Tidey
Charles Hawtrey as Dr. Francis A. Goode
Bernard Bresslaw as Ernie Bragg
Kenneth Williams as Sir Bernard Cutting
Sid James as Sid Carter
Kenneth Cope as Cyril Carter
Terry Scott as Dr. Prodd
Barbara Windsor as Nurse Susan Ball
Kenneth Connor as Mr. Tidey
Jacki Piper as Sister
Bill Maynard as Freddy
Patsy Rowlands as Evelyn Banks
Derek Francis as Arthur
Amelia Bayntun as Mrs. Jenkins
Hattie Jacques as Matron