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Carry On Jack [DVD]

Bernard Cribbins , Kenneth Williams , George Woodbridge    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bernard Cribbins, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Juliet Mills, Donald Houston
  • Directors: George Woodbridge
  • Producers: Eric Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,688 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Carry On Jack was the 1963 offering from a team which had, by then, become a repertory company with special guests dropping in for a dose of innuendo. "What's all this jigging in the rigging?" demands Kenneth Williams, this time playing a ship's captain, and the scene is set for 90 minutes of ribaldry involving cross-dressing, press-ganging and plank walking. The plot scarcely matters. It's set after the Battle of Trafalgar and the sea is awash with Spanish galleons and pirates as the British navy sets about defending its shores with as much incompetence as possible. Sally, a barmaid at the Dirty Duck (Juliet Mills in feisty principal boy mode), knocks Bernard Cribbins on the head and steals his uniform so that she can go in search of her childhood sweetheart. He is promptly press-ganged and they end up on the same ship. Williams, on the brink of his ascendancy as a star turn, just about keeps the mannerisms under control enough to build the character of the naïve and neurotic captain. Familiar Carry On faces on top form include Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale, while Peter Gilmore--in his pre-Onedin Line days--appears as a pirate. Peter Rodgers' script is not quite vintage Carry On but the jokes keep coming and it's all good, clean fun.

On the DVD: This was one of the first Carry On films to be made in colour. The print is in reasonable condition. The picture quality, apart from a couple of scratchy scenes of sailing ships that were probably drafted in from stock footage, is fair, as is the sound. But apart from the scene index there are no extras on the disc. Given the cult status of the Carry On films, and the wealth of documentary material which has been made about them and their stars, you'd think something extra could have been offered with the DVD releases to make them a more worthwhile alternative to the video. --Piers Ford

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Tenth entry in the 'Carry On' series. Able seaman Poop-Decker (Bernard Cribbins) signs up for adventure on the high seas with the wicked Captain Fearless (Kenneth Williams). Those swabbing the decks include Juliet Mills, Charles Hawtrey and Donald Houston. The film was originally to be entitled 'Up the Armada', but the British Board of Film Censors objected to such a rude title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Carry On Blu-ray 15 July 2014
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This is the fourth Carry On movie to get the Blu-ray treatment (following Cleo, Cowboy & Screaming) and in terms of picture quality it is outstanding. I watched the Blu-ray with a friend of mine who is as mad about Carry Ons as I. Afterwards we had a quick look at my DVD copy for comparison and it's incredible the job Studio Canal has done to remaster this film. I'm really pleased that they're carrying out this work because UK cinema and the Carry Ons in general are often overlooked in favour of big blockbusters and Hollywood drivel. The Carry Ons are an important part of UK culture, so please keep these blu-rays coming! As far as the plot goes, I'm sure you all know it by now: Bernard Cribbins goes to join the frigate Venus during the Napoleonic Wars, however he gets mugged by a prostitute (Juliet Mills) and is then unwittingly press-ganged into joining the ship he was going to join in the first place, only to find the prostitute is already there, wearing his uniform pretending to be him. This was an unusual Carry On for its time, in that it was only the second to be shot in colour (after Carry On Cruising) and it was the first to use an historic setting. Also, you'll find remarkably few familiar Carry On faces. Kenneth Williams (as Captain Fearless) and Charles Hawtrey (as the press-ganged cesspit cleaner, Walter) are present and correct. Cribbins was making his Carry On debut (he'd only return for the next outing, Spying - we'll ignore Columbus). Juliet Mills and Donald Houston were making one-off appearances. Future leading man Jim Dale makes a scene-stealing cameo at the beginning. So without the likes of Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor, this doesn't really feel like a full-on Carry On. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. As a comedy, it works. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On team are all at sea 4 Sep 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Carry On Jack, made in 1963. Bernard Cribbens is Able Seaman Poop-Decker who is set for life at sea. Unfortunately he goes to a tavern the night before he sails and is taken to a room by a wench (Juliet Mills) who also has a hanckering for the sea. She knocks out Poop-Decker and steals his clothes. She then boards the ship as Poop-Decker and passes of as a man. The unfortunate Poop-Decker is actually press-ganged and also lands on the gtood ship Venus. With a cowardly captain that dosen't like the sea, things go from bad to worse. Kenneth Williams plays Captain Fearless and his cowardess dose not go well with the hardened sailors. The story is pure Carry On and the jokes are about as old as the time the film is set in. But for 5.99 it is a film that you can slap in the video on a wet day and open a bottle of wine and relax.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Carry On Jack is directed by Gerald Thomas and written by Talbot Rothwell. It stars Bernard Cribbins, Kenneth Williams, Juliet Mills, Charles Hawtrey, Donald Houston & Percy Herbert. It's the 8TH of the popular film franchise that would eventually finish at 31.

Albert Poopdecker (Cribbins) is all set to finally take up assignment on HMS Venus when he loses his uniform in a house of ill repute. Press ganged the next day onto the Venus, nobody believes him and he is forced to serve his time on board as a menial worker. However, there's mutiny afoot and Albert soon finds himself at the centre of all sorts of misunderstandings.

Not one from the series that is name checked by fans or critics, Carry On Jack is a little better than its reputation suggest it is. It's also a very important entry in the Carry On pantheon,for it was the first time Rothwell, the man who shaped the series, would be in sole charge of writing. It's also the first venture into historical parody, from where the series would get its best ideas and promptly make the best film's of the run. This one clearly revels in sending up Mutiny On The Bounty, HMS Defiant (using some of the same sets from that production) and the Hornblower writings. The absence of Sid James is very much felt since piracy and mutiny appear to be themes you would think suited him. But no Barbara Windsor is not an issue here, simply because there's only one female role of note, and Mills attacks it with gusto and delivers a fine performance. Cribbins, too, is full of life and raises enough laughs as he plays off of the reliable Hawtrey.

Not overtly smutty or as manic as some of the other historical parodies that followed it, Carry On Jack is a fun and tidy time filler. 6/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars the first historic entry in the series 4 July 2010
By Rebecca
As the first historic entry in the series this film is more a comedy film that a more typical offering featured elsewhere in the franchise. Apart from a brief cameo early on by Jim Dale the only 'Carry On' regulars present for this offering are Charles Hawtrey (as Walter Sweetly, a cesspit cleaner married with nine kids) and Kenneth Williams (in typical nasal form as the inappropriately named milk drinking, easily seasick Captain Fearless). This allows for some big name actors to feature in a fairly dramatic feature with intermittent comedic elements. For this new DVD release its an absolute join to listen to moderator Robert Ross chat with the film's main star Bernard Cribbins whom seems to be able to meet his host for recollections about this film. You just know when an actor says that this is his favourite of the three he made (the others being 'Spying' and 'Columbus') that you are in for a treat and the two definitely interact brilliantly. Aside from aspects of "Carry On Jack" (like for example memories of the location filming where the seaboat landed (noting the rather wooden cow in the vessel!)) there are some delightful recollections about other subjects like for example touching, on a couple of occasions, about the film "Two Way Stretch"
Apart from the standard extras of stills gallery (roughly 4 minutes) and a 2 minute trailer we've also got the original titles bereft of text. A first when I heard about this I was a bit puzzled by its inclusion but this mute minute is certainly a worthy addition allowing us to enjoy those fine seafaring paintings in all their finery. Maybe this is one of the Carry On films that's rather overlooked by the lack of regulars and comic material usually associated with the franchise but on the evidence of the contents of this disc this is indeed one of the finest releases of the range that I've seen so far. In my opinion this is well worth checking out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars carry on jack
Having grown up with the carry on films, but as they are not shown on TV regularly - I prefer to buy the ones I particularly like. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B J
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
i was very happy with the service and it was worth waiting for will use them again for sure thank you
Published 6 months ago by dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars carry on jack
carry on jack very funny as you would think but then all carry on films are .
it is a carry on film what can you say ... bril ...
Published 16 months ago by rodney twyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of the earliest colour carry ons lacking the usual Babs Windsor and Sid James, but just held together by Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Bernard Cribbins. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stephen Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This film is great because it does not have the over rated Sid James and Barbara Windsor in it.

Despite no Joan Simms , Mr Williams, Hawtry and supporting cast do a... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Mr Viewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's Missing
Not the strongest of the Carry On's in my opinion. A somewhat lacking cast held together by a line heavy Kenneth Williams and a slow to the punchline storyline. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by DJ Snap
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best in the Carry On Series
I am a huge fan of the Carry On movies and I am quite surprised by some of the reviews here so far. In my opinion it is one of the funniest and entertaining in the series despite... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by Camaz Ron11
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much giggling in the rigging...
'Carry On Jack' is the 8th film in the series, and sadly one of the weakest. It's not so much the fairly small number of familiar faces that's the problem (Kenneth Williams and... Read more
Published on 25 July 2007 by Jane Aland
2.0 out of 5 stars where the heck are the carry on regulars?
carry on jack doesnt feel like a carry on movie,the wit isnt constant and the naughtiness isnt really there,in terms of cast only kenny williams and charles hawtrey can be called... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2007 by sean paul mccann
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy
Carry On Jack (1963) was the series first historical epics and is easily the most forgetable. Its not so much that its a bad film, but whats lacking in this is the true spirit of... Read more
Published on 22 May 2006 by Ian Phillips
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