Third entry in Peter Rogers’ sock Carry On series combines virtually the same team to use the same yock-raising formula, this time in the scholastic field, and the laughs come readily. This time screenplay writer Norman Hudis has developed a slightly stronger story line and made the characters more credible.
Ted Ray in the acting headmaster of a school who, after 20 years, has set his heart on the headmastership of a new one in the country. Much depends on the report put in to the Ministry of Education by a visiting inspector and a child psychiatrist. Because they don’t want the popular master to leave, the students decide to sabotage his chances and start a well-planned campaign of bad behavior to influence the visiting inspectors.
Some of the gags are telegraphed but the cheerful impudence with which they are dropped into the script is completely disarming.
Ray, playing straighter than most of his colleagues, gives a pleasant performance. There’s Kenneth Connor giving a fine performance as a nervous science master; Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey, as a couple of precious masters in charge of literature and music respectively; Hattie Jacques as the formidable mistress who wages war on the saboteurs; and Joan Sims in her usual inimitable form as a games mistress. Leslie Phillips is the psychiatrist and Rosalind Knight is the inspector.