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Foul, Feet, Smell, Something Horrible...
on 11 December 2009
A great value bumper pack featuring four classic Carry On films, dating from the series' creative high point (all these films were released between 1964 and 1966). All four of the movies featured here spoof specific movie genres (and in one case, a single movie in particular), and all four rank amongst the series' very best efforts. Carry On Spying, released just as `Bondmania' was starting to grip the cinema-going public, takes the world of Ian Fleming as its inspiration, and includes one of Kenneth Williams' best and most unusual Carry On turns, as the `snide' secret agent Desmond Simpkins; Carry On Cleo, famously made on the opulent Pinewood sets built for the Elizabeth Taylor epic Cleopatra, probably ranks behind only Carry On Up The Khyber as the series' most creative and confident film; Carry On Cowboy is possibly the weakest of the four, but it is still an accurate and witty western parody; and Carry On Screaming, my favourite movie in the series, is a hilarious Hammer-style horror spoof with a wonderful guest star in the form of the late, great Harry H. Corbett (it was also the final movie produced for Anglo Amalgamated, before the series moved over to new home Rank).
Taken together, these four films come off like a Carry On `greatest hits' compendium, with classic moments in abundance. These include Bernard Cribbins and Jim Dale exchanging an absurd series of secret passwords in Carry On Spying (`I've only got filter-tipped bootlaces...'), whilst Charles Hawtrey explains his code number, 000 (`They just looked at me and said "uh-oh; ooh..."'), Sidney James' cockney geezer-style Mark Antony in Carry On Cleo (`Blimus!'), Peter Butterworth's inept policeman driving Corbett to distraction in Carry On Screaming (`The one that looked like that man, Doris...'), and most of all, the nostril-flaring brilliance of the immortal Williams, who is on top form throughout each of these four movies. An absolutely unmissable collection.
Again, Robert Ross is joined by surviving cast members on separate DVD commentaries to each film; Bernard Cribbins and Dilys Laye for Carry On Spying, Amanda Barrie and Julie Stevens for Carry On Cleo, Angela Douglas for Carry On Cowboy, and Douglas and the iconic Fenella Fielding for Carry On Screaming.