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What is Your Favourite Carry On Film?


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Posted on 8 Jul 2012 11:27:21 BDT
RRRRRRUbbber TITTTIE! You're alive!

Posted on 17 Jul 2012 15:27:32 BDT
Dogmatix says:
I don't think there's any "Carry On" film that I haven't enjoyed, but if I had to narrow it down then my three favourites would be "Cleo, Khyber and Don't lose your head", oh! hang on, an amendment to my first statement, "Columbus" was rubbish.

Posted on 17 Jul 2012 15:37:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2012 19:57:44 BDT
Dogmatix says:
I think my favourite Carry On actress would have to be Amanda Barrie in "Cleo" such wide eyed innocence, or was it?

Posted on 18 Jul 2012 23:16:19 BDT
I think that Khyber, Screaming, Cleo, Camping are probably the best made and very funny too, but I really have affection for Don't lose your head. Never seems to be high up on people's favourite tho, don't know why?

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 00:28:27 BDT
DB Edwards says:
Excellent Choices all. Keep On.

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 03:22:05 BDT
A. Little says:
Nerd warning - chronological list!

1958 - Carry on ... Sergeant
1959 - Carry on ... Nurse
1959 - Carry on ... Teacher
1960 - Carry on ... Constable
1961 - Carry on ... Regardless
1962 - Carry on ... Cruising
1963 - Carry on ... Cabby
1963 - Carry on ... Jack
1964 - Carry on ... Spying
1964 - Carry on ... Cleo
1965 - Carry on ... Cowboy
1966 - Carry on ... Screaming!
1966 - Carry on ... Don't Lose Your Head
1967 - Carry on ... Follow That Camel
1967 - Carry on ... Doctor
1968 - Carry on ... Up the Khyber
1969 - Carry on ... Camping
1969 - Carry on ... Again Doctor
1970 - Carry on ... Up the Jungle
1970 - Carry on ... Loving
1971 - Carry on ... Henry
1971 - Carry on ... At Your Convenience
1972 - Carry on ... Matron
1972 - Carry on ... Abroad
1973 - Carry on ... Girls
1974 - Carry on ... Dick
1975 - Carry on ... Behind
1976 - Carry on ... England
1978 - Carry on ... Emmannuelle
1992 - Carry on ... Columbus

Personal top 5 (in order of preference): Screaming, Cleo, Khyber, Sergeant, Jack.

/Nerd

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 07:57:08 BDT
Lizz says:
Dont lose your head, screaming and Cleo! All amazing!!
Cabby is an oldie but good too.

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 11:35:22 BDT
Scarlet Lady says:
Carry on Sergent was good OOOOhhhhh NORA!

Posted on 19 Jul 2012 16:30:37 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
Screaming - no competition. Harry Corbett's Holmes outstanding against Peter Butterworth's superb Watson characters. Foul feet smell something horrible - genius. And not to mention the smouldering Fennella Fielding. Cor!
Khyber and Cleo close but no cigars.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2012 11:55:33 BDT
Scarlet Lady says:
Totally with Huckster

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2012 22:51:37 BDT
Peter BUTTERWORTH { under the dining room table } " I'm just adjusting my dickie".

Right at the end his 'full face' to the camera: "Of course they're all raving mad you know".

Posted on 22 Jul 2012 22:56:04 BDT
"A load of sheets".

Peter BUTTERWORTH, in his multi persona roles, was very funny in 'Abroad', especially in the scenes where the hotel was disintegrating and he kept falling through the floor.
It's one that some may have left out but it is in my top list.

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 09:53:12 BDT
Is He Busy says:
It would appear that 'Screaming' tops this poll - and rightly so. Great movie with Kennie Williams at his camp best. Love it!

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 10:51:42 BDT
Agnetha says:
Carry on Columbus. Ahem

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 12:38:48 BDT
Dogmatix says:
Okay Agnetha, you can take your tongue out of your cheek now.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2012 15:50:11 BDT
DB Edwards says:
I am a "Lttle" exhausted from reading that one. But cracking list!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2012 17:06:43 BDT
Agnetha says:
R. Lacey

No kidding! I`m a big Julian Clary fan and his acting performance as Don Juan Diego was memorable!

Ahem

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 18:01:23 BDT
Dogmatix says:
Agnetha, now I know you're kidding me, you mean Julian Clary actually has a fan?
Sorry Agnetha, couldn't resist that.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2012 22:12:58 BDT
Kenneth WILLIAMS was camp and funny. CLARY I find somewhat offensive as he takes the raging queen persona to a nasty level.

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 18:59:55 BDT
Cruising! Liz Fraser in black stockings. Oh my god this is woth seeing just for this short scene. Hmm ...I'm coming over all feint just thinking about her now :-)

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 23:54:13 BDT
David Haley says:
I entirely agree about Liz Fraser. Looks, figure, allure, great comic timing, steals all her scenes. What a pity that she turned down the lead in "Carry On Jack".

As to my favourite of the films - there are so many high class ones, covering a variety of styles, but "Carry On Sergeant" still just has my vote. It was made as an individual film and succeeds on that level as a warm, funny comedy - and yet also contains most of the elements that were to be developed as the series progressed and became a genre of its own (key elements of the cast, the concept of a group and how the dynamics work, some near the knuckle lines).

Intentionally or not, Kenneth Connor emerges as the main character, as he was also in "Carry On Cleo", which is also one of the leading films. (On the other hand, he also had the lead part in "Carry On England".)

I agree with all of the posters who have praised "Screaming", "Up The Khyber", "Don't Lose Your Head" and "Camping". I am pleased to see "Carry On Abroad" mentioned, as I have always considered it the funniest of the later films. I would add "Cabby" (more of a human story and a clearer plot than most), "Spying" (which showed, for the first time, how effective the "Carry On" concept could be when applied to an existing, familiar film genre) and "At Your Convenience", which introduces some interesting observations and elements of contemporary society and also explores personal relaltionships - quite a feat when it also includes the usual elements of "Carry On" humour as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 07:17:57 BDT
Me says:
carry on at your convenience. for some reason I adore this very British one.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 07:46:09 BDT
"There once was a fellow called Reg, who went with a girl in a hedge.
Along came his wife, with a big carving knife and cut of his meat and two veg"

Kenneth WIILIAMS COAYC { I think that's how it wented }.

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 19:45:05 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
The older ones have a more innocent and nostalgic appeal. The original "Carry On Sergeant" strikes us rather quaint now, but really struck a chord when it was released as nearly all young men had gone through the experience of National Service. Most of the mid-sixties films were good (apart from "Follow That Camel" which was very weak) but then it all went downhill after the brilliant "Up The Khyber". Of the later ones "Carry On Henry" wasn't bad, but most of the rest were - frankly - pathetic. I think most of the regular cast members had got fed up with them by then and they just seemed to be going through the motions. Apparently Kenneth Williams absolutely loathed them.

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 21:08:26 BDT
Andrew Odell says:
Carry On Screaming is my absolute favorite, although Camping comes a very close second.
Harry H Corbett in his one and only Carry On role is fantastic and it's one of those very rare instances when you just couldn't imagine Sid James bettering him if he had been cast.
Apparently, the film was Kenneth Williams' favorite and it's clear to see why he liked it so much. Mad Doctor Watt is one of his very best performances and he seems to be having a whale of a time.
Charles Hawtrey, despite being murdered five minutes after being introduced as Dan Dan The Lavatory Man, absolutely steals the screen from his three co-stars (Corbett, Butterworth and Dale).
Butterworth: "I must warn you that I will take down anything you say".
Hawtrey: "Alright then...trousers!"
Well, it always makes me laugh.

Jon Pertwee, who also has a very small role as Dr Fettle, is another fantastic character. Studying a large book to try and find the correct species of prehistoric man that he believes Odd Bod to be, he mutters and murmers before coming to one particular Homo. Clucking and whistling and becoming a little flustered he finally says "Wrong homo". It's delivered beautifully and is very, very funny.

This film actually terrified me when I was a kid, because it seemed pretty scary to my eight year old mind. Looking at it now, it's obviously very, very tame, but it was made so well, perfectly capturing the Hammer 'look'.

An absolute gem of a film and one I never get fed up watching. Having said that, that comment applies to almost every other Carry On film.
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