Carry on Sergeant (1958)
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Carry On Sergeant*, the first of the "Carry On" comedies, is a gentle and conventional boot camp comedy that surrounds William Hartnell - reprising the kind of role that made him famous, that of a drill sergeant - with a bunch of zanies, the last squad he will ever train. If only they could be a good one... Smiles are too be had, but not many laughs, not that the gags are badly constructed, but modern audiences will find the pacing full of dead air. Some shticks are better than others, in particular the hypochondriac's, though one might have affection for the general's son who only wants to be a serviceman, or the clumsy but verbose intellectual. I say affection because this is the kind of comedy that is above all endearing. It harks back to simpler times, and its heart is in the right place.
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