Gerald Thomas

Highest Rated: 83% Carry On Spying (1964)
Lowest Rated: 40% Carry On Camping (1969)
Birthday: Dec 10, 1920
Birthplace: Not Available
Gerald Thomas was the younger brother of another British director of note, Ralph Thomas. Gerald began his movie career in the editing room, working as an assistant editor on such films as Hamlet (1948) and The Third Man (1949) before graduating to full editor. Thomas' directorial career began modestly with such British programmers as Circus Friends (1956) and Time Lock (1957). In 1958, Thomas and his producer friend Peter Rogers tried to get the major studios and distributors interested in a slapstick farce centered around a hospital. There were no takers, so Thomas and Rogers raised the production money themselves. The result was Carry on Sergeant (1958), the first in a long, long series of lucrative Carry On comedies, most of which were directed by Thomas. The series put Thomas in the millionaire status: he pocketed 15,000 pounds up front for each film, and earned a third of the profits. The director insisted upon military-drill rehearsals so that the script (and the scripted adlibs) would be followed to the letter; then, he'd generally print the first take, to retain the aura of spontaneity. He wasn't interested in such "nonessentials" as clever camera angles or strict attention to detail (the Carry On pictures abound with anachronistic and technical gaffes), but this added to the overall slovenly charm of the films. Gerald Thomas remained with the series until 1978's Carry on Emmanuelle, then dropped from public view, to resurface for the 1986 Australian feature The Second Victory.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Carry On Columbus Director 1992
No Score Yet Second Victory Director 1986
No Score Yet Carry on Matron Director 1979
No Score Yet Carry On Emmanuelle Director 1978
No Score Yet That's Carry On Director 1977
No Score Yet Carry on England Director 1976
No Score Yet Carry On Behind Director 1975
No Score Yet Carry On Dick Director 1974
No Score Yet Carry On Girls Director 1973
No Score Yet Carry On Abroad Director 1972
No Score Yet Carry On Doctor Director 1972
No Score Yet Bless This House Director 1972
No Score Yet Carry on Henry VIII Director 1972
No Score Yet Carry on at Your Convenience Director 1971
No Score Yet Carry On Henry Director 1971
No Score Yet Carry On Loving Director 1970
No Score Yet Carry on Again Doctor Director 1970
No Score Yet Carry On up the Jungle Director 1970
40% Carry On Camping Director 1969
No Score Yet Carry On...Up the Khyber Director 1968
No Score Yet Carry On... Follow That Camel (Carry on in the Legion) Director 1967
No Score Yet Don't Lose Your Head Director 1966
No Score Yet Carry On Cowboy Director 1966
67% Carry On Screaming! Actor Director 1966
No Score Yet The Big Job Director 1965
No Score Yet Carry on Cleo (Caligula: Funniest Home Videos) Director 1964
83% Carry On Spying Director 1964
No Score Yet Nurse on Wheels Director 1964
No Score Yet Carry On Jack Director 1963
No Score Yet Carry On Cabby Director 1963
No Score Yet Twice Round the Daffodils Director 1962
No Score Yet Carry on Cruising Director 1962
No Score Yet No Kidding Director 1961
No Score Yet Please Turn Over! Director 1961
No Score Yet Carry On Regardless Director 1961
No Score Yet Raising the Wind (Roommates) Director 1961
No Score Yet Carry On Nurse Director 1960
No Score Yet Carry On Constable Director 1960
No Score Yet Carry on Teacher Director 1959
No Score Yet Carry On Sergeant Director 1958
No Score Yet Time Lock Director 1957
No Score Yet The Cariboo Trail Director 1950

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