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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Classic Carry On!
Following the hilarious medical caper Carry On Again Doctor (1969) (one of my own personal favourites in the series) the merry old Carry On gang retreated into another historical theme for what was the last Carry On film of the swinging sixties (which was the decade that the Carry On films were in their prime), Carry On Up The Jungle (1969).
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Published on 14 Mar 2006 by Ian Phillips

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3.0 out of 5 stars CARRY ON AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS
Rather than filming this in an actual exotic location we get a painfully obvious studio setting with the occasional shots of real life footage of wild animals. Despite that though this is an essential Carry On with lots of fun and laughs to be had in predictably corny fashion but the way they're delivered by this team of professionals raises a smile. There are a lot of...
Published on 8 Oct 2000 by ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com


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3.0 out of 5 stars CARRY ON AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS, 8 Oct 2000
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ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com (BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
Rather than filming this in an actual exotic location we get a painfully obvious studio setting with the occasional shots of real life footage of wild animals. Despite that though this is an essential Carry On with lots of fun and laughs to be had in predictably corny fashion but the way they're delivered by this team of professionals raises a smile. There are a lot of familiar faces missing here though. A part origanally written for Kenneth Williams is played by FRANKIE HOWARD (top billing for this film) in his own inimatable style. Also included is SID JAMES,JOAN SIMS,KENNETH CONNOR,BERNARD BRESSLAW,TERRY SCOTT,JAKI PIPER,CHARLES HAWTREY (given very little screen time) and VALERIE LEON. Best players in this one would have to be FRANKIE HOWARD who excells in his second and last Carry On film, JOAN SIMS and CHARLES HAWTREY. Also good is TERRY SCOTT in his hilariously over the top Tarzan type role.The party all have there own different reasons for attending this expedition through the jungles in darkest Africa. Professor Ingio Tinkle and Claude Chumley (FRANKIE HOWARD and KENNETH CONNOR) are searching for the rare oozlum bird, Lady Bagley (JOAN SIMS) is searching for her long lost son who went missing in the jungle when he was a baby and Bill Boozey (SID JAMES) is a hunter who is just tagging along for the thrills and adventure. Funniest scenes are mainly in the second half of the film and the film really scores well when VALERIE LEON and her tribe of all women kidnap them.
Funniest scene though takes place in the first 20 minutes of the film where a snake winds its way up JOAN SIMS' dress whilst she looks on in delight thinking that somebody is actually making advances towards her. Priceless stuff. An overly good Carry On which is slightly patchy but still very much worth having. Recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Classic Carry On!, 14 Mar 2006
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Ian Phillips (Bolton, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Following the hilarious medical caper Carry On Again Doctor (1969) (one of my own personal favourites in the series) the merry old Carry On gang retreated into another historical theme for what was the last Carry On film of the swinging sixties (which was the decade that the Carry On films were in their prime), Carry On Up The Jungle (1969).
The Carry On films were always essentially British so it's actually quite surprising that they enjoyed such renowned success in the U.S (where Carry On Nurse (1958) topped the U.S Box Office Charts, running in some cinemas for nearly three years!!). Carry On Up The Jungle was really no exception and the film predicatbly runs through all of those familiar gags and double entendres that we've all seen and heard probably 1,000 times before in other Carry On films but it's the super-fine performances of the irreplacable Carry On players that ignite Carry On Up The Jungle into such a wonderful film (not to mention spot-on direction from Gerald Thomas aided by the always excellent production skills of Peter Rogers).
The Carry On gang (Frankie Howard, Sid James, Joan Sims, Terry Scott, Charles hawtrey, kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw, Jaki Piper and Valerie Leon) find themselves on expidition circa 1900 through the darkest parts of Africa. facing the perils of jungle life they each find themselves in many comical misunderstandings that really could only have taken place in a Carry On film.
The ever-crazy Carry On troopers all have their own reasons for joining the expidition. Professor Ingio Tinkle (Frankie Howard) and Claude Chumley (Kenneth Connor) are both dedicated ornithologists in search of the rare oozlum bird. Bill Boozey (Sid James) is simply along for the fun and adventures whilst the glamorous Lady Evelyn Bagley (Joan Sims) is in desperate search of her long lost son that she lost over twenty years ago in the jungle where she and her husband had been (laughably) honeymooning. June (Jaki Piper) is along for the ride as Lady Bagley's faithful assistant where as Upsidasi (Bernard Bresslaw) leads the gang through the jungle (the entire film was infact filmed at Pinewood studios as the Carry On films were renowned for their cheap and cheerful shoestring budgets).
Along their adventures they encounter a Tarzan-type figure, Jungle Boy (Terry Scott) who, in a hilarious twist to the (rather thin) plot is revealed to be none other than Lady Bagley's long-lost son. Jungle Boy also quickly succumbs to the-not-as-innocent-as-she-seems June and rapidly become lovers. The romantic scenes between the delightful Jaki Piper and always hilarious Terry Scott are played out beautifully.
They are captured by a blood-thirsty tribe, The Noshers and as it seems as though they are about to be dropped barbaracally into a cauldron full of boiling hot water ready for the notorious tribe eat, they are hilariously rescued by an all-female tribe led by the formidable Leda (Valerie Leon) only to find themselves being held captive by them as the men of the group are forced to attend mating cermonies with some of the more unattractive women of the tribe.
Leader of the all-female tribe known as the Lubba Dubbi's is Tonka The Great (Charles Hawtrey) who in yet another laughably obvious twist to the plot, turns out to be Lady Bagley's (Joan Sims) long-lost husband whom she had presumed was dead years ago thinking he'd been eaten by a crocodile during their honeymoon (it turns out he'd been languashing in the company of the all-female tribe for all those years).
Eventually they escape from the Lubba-dubbis after Professor Ingio Tinkle (Frankie Howard) and Claude Chumley (Kenneth Connor) find their prized oozlum bird (only to have it stolen again) and return to civilisation.
Up Pompei star Frankie Howard as Professor Ingio Tinkle breezes into the whole Carry On phenomenon as though he'd always been part of the gang where as head of the Carry On family Sid James beefs up his usually likeable, roguish, womanising character to great effect as the appropriatley named Bill Boozey.
Joan Sims shines as Lady Eveleyn Bagley in one of her most lengthy roles in the series and also putting in one of her best characteristaions where as the effeminate and ever-eccentric Charles Hawtrey is just simply hilarious as the mincing Tonka The Great.
Terry Scott takes on the role as Jungle Boy (which had actually been written with Jim Dale in mind who decided to leave the series after Again Doctor (!969) to pursue other projects) which he makes his own whilst Kenneth Connor returns to the series after a lengthy absence (last seen in 1964's Carry On Cleo) playing the jittering Claude Chumley in his own inimitable style.
Completing the cast are Bernard Bresslaw who is hilarious as the blacked up Upsidasi, Jaki Piper in her first Carry On role playing June wonderfully and finally Valerie Leon as the formidable Leda of the Lubbi Dubbi's.
The film really scores best in its second half where they are kidnapped by the Noshers but one of the most hilarious scenes in the film takes place in one of the early sequences. One night the gang all sit down to tea in the heart of the jungle with Lady Evelyn Bagley being the only female present. Clearly relishing in the attentions of all the males a snake then slowly winds its way up her dress. She thinks in quiet delight that someone is making advances at her and after suspecting Bill Boozey and Professor Ingio Tinkle is rather miffed to think it is infact Claude Chumley making the discreet sexual advances towards her. After giving him a good, harsh slap round the face she suddenly realises it is infact a snake. The priceless look of shock and horror on her face on realisingthis is vintage Carry On!
Though Carry On Up The Jungle (1969) is missing Hattie Jaques, Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Williams the film manages to stay afloat and emerges as yet another classic in the series. Some scenes are a little slow and tedious but over-all Carry On Up The Jungle is an enjoyable comedy that's most defintley worth a look and will undoubtedly satisfy any lover of the genre. Recommended!
Ian Phillips
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lubby-Dubby., 13 July 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
The African jungle, and Lady Bagley is part of an expedition to hopefully find her long lost son who disappeared years before, along with her thought to be dead husband. However this is no ordinary trip, Professor Tinkle is searching for the rare Oozalum bird and expedition leader William Boosey well and truly lives up to his surname. Not only are their problems in the camp, outside is numerous other dangers. Wild beasts, wild men and tribes unheard of by human ears before.

1970 saw the Carry On team begin the decade with one of the better offerings in the franchise. Boosted by the returning Frankie Howerd and Terry Scott to join Messrs James, Hawtrey, Sims, Connor and Bresslaw, Carry On Up The Jungle sticks close to the cheeky formula that had worked in the better series entries previously {think Carry On Up The Kyber from 1968}. Originally intended to be called Carry On Tarzan {the idea was scrapped for legal reasons}, "Jungle" plonks a load of British odd balls in the jungle and invite us to observe how they cope. Which of course we know is not going to be very well at all. Terry Scott steals the film as a blundering Tarzan type {a role turned down by Jim Dale apparently}, whilst Howerd and James get maximum humour from their polar opposite characters.

With a simple plot and carrying the series innuendo trademarks on its snake bitten.....ahem, Carry On Up the Jungle is a charmingly funny series entry. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comedy, 1 Feb 2014
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Mr. I. M. Davies "iantheinventor" (Blackburn, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Can't go wrong with the Carry on Team, all the films are well worth watching. Carry On Up The Jungle has some really funny moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Funny Carry On film, 26 April 2013
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An expedition, led by Frankie Howerd and Sid James, heads into the jungle, in search of the rare Oozalum bird. Along the way, they encounter wild animals, a rather unconvincing gorilla, an accident-prone Tarzan character and a tribe of man-hungry women. This is one of the Carry On's that I watch quite often and I always enjoy it. Several of the regulars are missing, including the always funny Kenneth Williams, but he is not really needed in this film. Sid James plays his usual lecherous character, Frankie Howerd is always entertaining and Charles Hawtrey pops up in a quite small, but important role. There is some expected and quite obvious stock footage of wild animals and we never really believe that the cast are in a real jungle, but it is still a fun and very entertaining film. It is not one of the classic Carry On films, but it was still way better than a lot of what was to follow. Three stars from me. I would have rated it higher, but I have not, because there were much better Carry On's and it wasn't the same without Williams in the film. I can still recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of these films, or fans of classic British comedies in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silly Fun, 28 May 2012
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With everyone! these days being concerned about 'political correctness' one should view the Carry On movies for what they are, fun, light hearted and entertaining. They are not meant to offend (much) and should be viewed as movies made for the time and that no harm came to anyone during the making of this movie. If anyone will be offended by scantily clad women, just don't watch. The storyline is farcical and there are fun moments to see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Safari Madness, 30 Oct 2011
This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Kind of a take on Tarzan films, this film stars a truncated version of the Carry On group, but it has Sid James, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw, Frankie Howerd and Jacki Piper, so that's fine. It's basically the adventures of an African safari and the crazy things which happen, such as mingling with the animals, tribesmen and each other.

The film is full of the usual innuendos that the Carry On films all have and this one is fun. Not the best in the series but still worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jungle capers., 1 July 2011
This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
frankie howard gives a first class performance here.as does joan sims who finds her long lost son .terry scott. i know use your imagination.he plays a tree swinging baffoon .tarzan like. a must for fans one of the better ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ooh my Gawd! It's the wife...", 30 Dec 2008
This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Although he's not in it until at least half way through, this has Charles Hawtrey's greatest entrance line in any Carry On ever. It's as if the whole plot of the film is contrived for him to deliver this one line. A corker.

Frankie Howerd, "Avert your eyes...", Sid James "We'll down tools!", Joan Sims and many other regulars are all on fine form also.

And Valerie Leon. Cawooah!

The only duffer is the rather wooden Terry Scott also playing a "hunky" Tarzan character (just what were they thinking?) but you can't have everything. I guess there are some slapstick moments that suit him. It's just that you can't believe that his love interest would go for him, it should have been Roy Castle or Jim Dale, I reckon.

Oh alright, please yourselves...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the greatest film ever made...., 12 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Jungle [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Ornithologist Professor Tinkle (played by Frankie Howerd) leads an expedition into the African jungle in search of a rare bird thought to be extinct - according to legend it disappeared up its own backside! He is joined by his assistant Claude Chumley (Kenneth Connor), a hunter appropriately called Bill Boosey (Sid James), Lady Bagley (Joan Sims) and her assistant June (Jacki Piper) and a team of guides and carriers led by Upsidaisi (Bernard Bresslaw in black make-up).

During their expedition they narrowly avoid being eaten by a tribe of cannibals called The Noshas and encounter a tribe of horny women who worship The Great Tonka (Charles Hawtrey). Their mating chant is "Tonka, Tonka, stick it up your Honka". They also have to contend with a mischievous gorilla who follows them around and Ugh, The Jungle Boy (played by the brilliant Terry Scott).

This film is funny from start to finish with The Carry On Team in top form. Sadly, there is no Kenneth Williams or Barbara Windsor in this one but the rest of the gang manage well without them and I think that this is one of the best Carry On films. I feel sorry for those American film critics who continually vote Citizen Kane as the greatest film ever made because they probably haven't even seen Carry On The Jungle, or any of the other Carry Ons. You may disagree with my opinion that COUTJ is a better film than the 1941 Orson Welles movie but it's certainly more entertaining and a lot funnier!

This Special Edition DVD also contains a trailer for the film, an audio commentary by Jacki Piper and Valerie Leon (who plays Leda), a stills gallery, film trivia notes and an episode of Carry On Laughing called The Nine Old Cobblers. There is also a collectors booklet so this is really a must-have item for any Carry On fan!
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