Carry On Matron
Now there's many different stories wandering around the wards of 'Finisham' maternity hospital this week. Like Matron's (Hattie Jacques) fun and games with neurotic head-administrator, Sir Bernard Cutting (Kenneth Williams), for example. Or what about what Doctor Goode and Doctor Prod (Charles Hawtrey and Terry Scott) both get up to on and off duty. However, these are nothing more than tall tales within the scheme of things. It's what Sidney Carter (Sid James) tries to do that's the main thrust of this yarn.
OK, so technically speaking,
isn't a patient or a member of staff residing at this place of care. Oh no. He's a crook
-- a crook that coaxes a member of his own gang to dress up as a nurse, and then
penetrate this medical facility, with the intent of stealing some contraceptive
No. Don't fret. It isn't Ernie (Bernard Bresslaw). He looks too wardrobe-like to be a female nurse. And no. It isn't Freddy (Bill Maynard) either. Mores the pity. It's Sid's son, Cyril (Kenneth Cope), instead.
Yeah. Straight up. Cyril is the poor deluded fool that decks himself up in 'nurse-wear' -- boobs and all -- and sneaks into 'Finisham', trying his best not to draw too much attention to what his father wants him to do.
Still, how was Cyril supposed to know that he'd get sent to the nurse's chambers straight away, and be befriended by a buxom nurse called Susan Ball (Barbara Windsor)? Moreover, how was he supposed to know that he'd have to be touched up by Doctor Prod as well, just to get his hands on a map for this facility?
Well, that's most probably why what next transpires all kicks off when a baby needs delivering. As Mothers go ga-ga - Doctors go la-la - plans go boom - and at the end of the day it all comes down to the Bride and the Groom.
Now unlike my last 'Carry On' review (click here for 'Carry on Dick'), I'm very happy to say that this one is a lot more upbeat in tone. You see, I just love 'Carry on Matron' I do. It's one of those feel good movies that makes me laugh myself silly from beginning to end. Well, it's hilarious, it's very quotable, it's of its time, and all in all it reminds me of the best of the best of this funny film franchise.
OK, I know what you're thinking to yourself -- why do I like 'Carry On Matron' so much, right? Or maybe you're just wondering if you have left the fridge door open or something. Nonetheless, whatever the case may be, the fact remains that this flick is a very good flick for two very simple reasons - personality and wit.
THE RATING: A