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Jacques, Hattie (1922-1980)


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Monumental star of the Carry On series, usually cast as formidable hospital matrons (at least four) or man-devouring predators whose affections were apt to strike terror in weak-kneed men, and she strikes an engagingly exotic note as Floella in Carry On Abroad (d. Gerald Thomas, 1972).

She was on stage since 1944, often in pantomimes and revues, and on radio in ITMA (1948-49) and Educating Archie (1950-54), she was on screen for over a decade before she began to 'carry on'. She can be spotted singing in the thieves' pub in Oliver Twist (d. David Lean, 1948), does a music hall turn with Bill Owen and Jean Kent in Trottie True (d. Brian Desmond Hurst, 1948), but, as with the rest of the 'Carry On' team, once she established her persona in the series it was hard to think of her as anything else.

She also had a notable TV career, especially as twin sister of the eponymous Sykes (1960-65, 1971-79). She married and divorced (1949-65) actor John Le Mesurier.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Cinema

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Thumbnail image of Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)

Comedy about union unrest at the W.C. Boggs toilet factory

Thumbnail image of Carry On Camping (1969)Carry On Camping (1969)

Comedy in which various deluded people go on a camping holiday

Thumbnail image of Carry On Constable (1960)Carry On Constable (1960)

Fourth in the series, welcoming Sid James to the team

Thumbnail image of Carry On Doctor (1968)Carry On Doctor (1968)

Frankie Howerd joins the team on its second tour of the wards

Thumbnail image of Carry On Sergeant (1958)Carry On Sergeant (1958)

The first Carry On comedy pokes fun at the army and National Service

Thumbnail image of Chance of a Lifetime (1950)Chance of a Lifetime (1950)

Fascinating industrial relations drama in which workers take over a factory

Thumbnail image of Follow a Star (1959)Follow a Star (1959)

Norman Wisdom dreams of pop stardom

Thumbnail image of Green for Danger (1946)Green for Danger (1946)

Whodunit with Alastair Sim as a less than Poirot-like detective

Thumbnail image of Oliver Twist (1948)Oliver Twist (1948)

David Lean's definitive version of Charles Dickens' classic novel

Thumbnail image of Punch and Judy Man, The (1962)Punch and Judy Man, The (1962)

Tony Hancock stars in a tragi-comedy set in a small seaside resort

Thumbnail image of School for Scoundrels (1959)School for Scoundrels (1959)

Alastair Sim teaches Ian Carmichael how to be a cad like Terry-Thomas.

Thumbnail image of Scrooge (1951)Scrooge (1951)

Alastair Sim's definitive portrayal of Charles Dickens' curmudgeon

Thumbnail image of Spider and the Fly, The (1949)Spider and the Fly, The (1949)

A policeman and a crook discover they have more in common than not

Thumbnail image of Square Peg, The (1958)Square Peg, The (1958)

Chaos ensues when council employee Norman Wisdom joins the army

Thumbnail image of Trottie True (1948)Trottie True (1948)

Lavish, Technicolor romance with Jean Kent as a rising music-hall star

Thumbnail image of Hancock's Half Hour (1956-60)Hancock's Half Hour (1956-60)

The original British sitcom - and still one of the best

Thumbnail image of Sykes and a... (1960-65)Sykes and a... (1960-65)

First sitcom pairing of Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques

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Thumbnail image of Le Mesurier, John (1912-1983)Le Mesurier, John (1912-1983)


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