Raising the Wind (1961)

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A line-up of stars from the Carry On fraternity get together for this vintage comedy about a group of music students who try to limit their expenses by sharing living costs and part-time work.

Leslie Phillips stars in this laboured but likeable Gerald Thomas comedy as a penniless music student whose talent for writing pop songs while drunk jeopardises his scholarship at a top classical academy, until gruff tutor James Robertson-Justice unexpectedly comes to his rescue.

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These accomplished funnymen go through their usual paces with aplomb, but the film belongs to the delightful Esma Cannon as a deaf landlady, Kenneth Williams as a toffee-nosed swot with designs on a composing prize and Sid James as the disreputable music publisher behind Phillips’s predicament.

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James Robertson-Justice
Mervyn
Leslie Phillips
Sid
Sidney James
Malcolm
Paul Massie
Harold
Kenneth Williams
Morgan Rutherford
Eric Barker
Miranda
Liz Fraser
Jill
Jennifer Jayne
Mrs Deevens
Esma Cannon
Sir John
Geoffrey Keen
Janet
Jill Ireland
Harry
Lance Percival
Mrs Bostwick
Joan Hickson
Bass trombone player
Jim Dale

Director
Gerald Thomas