Don’t Lose Your Head – 1966
“Carry On Chopping….” screams Kenneth Williams in a classic line from the thirteenth instalment of the hugely successful film series. Produced on a £200,000 budget, this time the Carry On team turn their attentions to the French Revolution, with a send up of The Scarlett Pimpernel.
Don’t Lose your head was actually the title of the film and only one of two not to have Carry On in the title.
It was shot at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire with location footage at various locations around the Buckinghamshire area.
The French Revolution, and two bored English noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing (pronounced “Effing”) and his best friend Lord Darcy Pue (played by Sid James and Jim Dale respectively), decide it might be fun and trying to save their French counterparts from beheading by the guillotine.
This enrages revolutionary leader Citizen Camembert (Kenneth Williams) and his toadying lackey, Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth),who embark on a mission to scour France and England for the elusive saviour of the French nobles, who has become known as The Black Fingernail.
After abducting the Fingernail’s true love, Jacqueline (Dany Robin), Camembert and Bidet devise a plot to lure the Fingernail to his death… oblivious that Desiree (Joan Sims), Camembert’s flamboyant mistress, is herself in love with the hero and will do all she can to save him from the guillotine.
Distributed By: The Rank Organisation
Written By: Talbot Rothwell
Produced By: Peter Rogers
Directed By: Gerald Thomas
Original Release Date: December 1966