Don't lose your head

United Kingdom, 1966

Please note

Sorry, we aren't able to make images or video for this item available to the public online.

Source: Some information on this page may have been sourced as part of the 2023 Wikimedia Australia Partnership Projects grant, with the purpose of improving and expanding the use of Wikidata on our website. Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Read more about this project here.

Episode number 13 of Series “Carry on”.
The year is 1789 and it is the French Revolution. When an aristocrat of England, Sir Rodney Ffing (pronounced Effing and played by the irreverent Sidney James), reaches an impasse with his partying, balls and available broads and upon news of the revolution, sets sail for Paris to run amok with chum Lord Darcy (Jim Dale). In disguise he rescues many of the French aristocracy from the chopping block and quickly becomes ‘most wanted’. His calling card, a picture of a two finger salute, earns him the name ‘The Black Fingernail’. He continues to outwit and embarrass the Citizen Camembert (Kenneth Williams), chief of the Secret Police and assistant Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth) with some very funny disguises and affectionate character voices - not commonly seen in James’ acting roles. The wild, irreverent acts roll to a triumphant end that ensures that this Ffing not only saves the day but also gets the girl. Cast includes: Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Dany Robin, Peter Gilmore, Marianne Stone, Michael Ward, Leon Greene and Julian Orchard.

Content notification

Our collection comprises over 40,000 moving image works, acquired and catalogued between the 1940s and early 2000s. As a result, some items may reflect outdated, offensive and possibly harmful views and opinions. ACMI is working to identify and redress such usages.

Learn more about our collection and our collection policy here. If you come across harmful content on our website that you would like to report, let us know.

How to watch

This work has not been digitised and is currently unavailable to view online. It may be possible for approved reseachers to view onsite at ACMI.

Learn more about accessing our collection


In ACMI's collection



Gerald Thomas


Peter Rogers

production company

Adder Productions



Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates

Appears in

Group of items

Carry on


Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier




Audience classification







VHS; Access Print (Section 1)



Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url= |title=Don't lose your head |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=20 June 2024 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}