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Introduction

On Thursday 24 August 1961 at the Plaza Theatre, Lower Regent Street SW1, a film, Raising the Wind, was given its premiere. A comedy set in a music college, it was immediately compared to Doctor in the House, a 1954 release which followed the antics of medical students. The cast included many stalwarts of British comedy of the period, some of whom appeared in both films: Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Liz Fraser, James Robertson Justice and Sid James were notable amongst them. Producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas were a well-established pairing, responsible for the increasing number of films in the Carry On series.