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Gerald Thomas (10 December 1920 - 9 November 1993) was an English film director, born in Hull.



Early life

Thomas was training in medicine when the Second World War began. He then served in the British army during the war, in Europe and the Middle East. When he left the army he decided not to return to his medical studies.


Film career

He began his film career in 1946 as an editor for Two Cities Films at Denham Studios.

His editing work included many films directed by his brother, Ralph.

Despite a fairly varied early career, Thomas is now almost exclusively remembered as the director of 30 Carry On films, the innuendo-laden and financially hugely-successful British comedy series, produced by Peter Rogers, beginning with Carry On Sergeant in 1958.

He also directed 13 Carry On Laughing television episodes.

Personal life

Thomas' wife was Barbara. He had three daughters.

His brother, Ralph Thomas, was also a film director. His nephew is Oscar winning film producer Jeremy Thomas CBE.

Some of the cast and crew of the Carry On films referred to Thomas as the 'circus ring master' and the 'school headmaster'. He became good friends with many of them over the years.

Films directed

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