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Carry On Sergeant

Oh, yes indeed. Directed and written by Surname of the Century competition winner Bruce Bairnsfather, who fought in both World Wars (witnessing the Christmas truce first hand) and created crusty old cartoon cockney war vet Old Bill, whose popularity in papers and plays alike led to London’s coppers being nicknamed thus. No appearance from the ‘If you knows a better ‘ole, go to it!’ dodderer in this Canadian-backed army romp (allegedly filmed without a script – take that, Mike Leigh!), but this wordless tale of two Canucks who go in for a bit of Boche-bashing action and capture a German spy made waves of controversy at the time, apparently, and cost a coffer-busting half a million dollars to boot.

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