Having watched the “almost Carry On” film “Nurse On Wheels” the other week, today I watched another movie that could fall into that category. Again from the same producer / director team of Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas (“Carry On…” series), this one was the 1959 comedy drama “Please Turn Over”.
The film was adapted from a stage play, first staged in 1954, called “Book Of The Month” by British playwright Basil Thomas.
Jo Halliday (Julia Lockwood – “The Flying Swan”, “No Kidding”) is a seventeen year old girl, living at home with her parents and her aunt. By day she is a trainee in a hairdressing salon in their small town, and in the evenings she shuts herself away in her room to write.
Edward Halliday (Ted Ray – “Carry On Teacher”, “My Wife’s Family”) is a staid chief accountant who wishes that his family could be as organised and efficient as his secretary Miss Jones (Dilys Laye – “Carry On Cruising”, “Blue Murder At St. Trinian’s”).
Jo’s mother Janet (Jean Kent – “Bonjour Tristesse”, “The Prince And The Showgirl”) is having driving lessons from a long-standing family friend, Ian Howard (Lionel Jeffries – “Murder Ahoy”, “Up The Creek”), whilst her daily help Beryl (Joan Sims – “Carry On Screaming!”, “His And Hers”) cleans and looks after the family home.
Meanwhile Janet’s sister Gladys (June Jago – “Carry On Doctor”, “No Kidding”) works as receptionist for the local GP, Dr. Henry Manners (Leslie Phillips – “Carry On Constable”, “Crooks Anonymous”).
Jo finishes her writing and manages to get the novel published under the title “Naked Revolt”. Her characters are based on the people she knows but everything else is made up. However, the book becomes an instant bestseller and suddenly her family (who know nothing of the book) find themselves under intense scrutiny from the local townsfolk, who clearly believe Jo’s fictitious story to be true.
A seemingly endless stream of women want to make appointments at the hairdressing salon just to talk to Jo, Edward’s boss and secretary are suspicious of his behaviour, Beryl finds herself fending off enquiries from newspapers and queues of women wait at the Doctor’s surgery – including the frustrated Mrs. Moore (Myrtle Reed – “Snowball”, “Seventy Deadly Pills”) – and all because of Jo’s novel.
When her parents, Aunt and friends find out about the book and read it even they start to question each other about what’s been written…
As with the aforementioned “Nurse On Wheels” this film is gentler and less risqué than much of the Carry On series, even with promiscuity and extra-marital relationships being examined, but still carries the usual charm and reliable performances from those involved..
Ultimately, as is usually the case with these movies, after a generally amusing ride we find that all ends well. In the meantime this is a great rainy afternoon movie, so ended up being perfect for today!…