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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 24 Mar. 2013
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Watching this made something adundantly clear to me. That the Carry On series really was a class above pretty much everything else that attempted to replicate it. Perhaps if left as the stage play it was taken from this film would have been passable, but the transition to the screen has not done it any justice at all. Stage plays that get transformed inherently need to leave behind that element of the stage or otherwise they end up being a play, filmed, minus any cues for where you're meant to laugh from other more obliging audience members. That sums this film up. All but about 10 minutes of this excrutiatingly unfunny film is shot in one place, with the various actors scurrying around being 'funny' whilst the women repeatedly try to find ways to flash as much flesh as possible in their screentime. This is bad enough, but the set is more LONG than it is wide and as a result, when actors turn to the back of the set the dialogue becomes hard to hear. Just like a real stage play, right? Yay. Also, there is barely no incidental music - that very thing which filled the gaps in other films and only serves to point out how incomplete and flat the whole thing is.

As far as the film itself goes - well I struggle to comprehend why cinema felt the need in the 70s to portray men as impossibly over-sexed morons that are incapable of fidelity and, worse, to portray women as either fusty old frumps or as nothing more than eternally jiggling and perennially undressed haridens. Yes I know that Carry On rarely portrayed either sex in a more flattering light than this, but this film comes across as sleazy. The obvious cuts to minimize boobie flashes only really exemplifies how gratuitous the whole thing is.

I'm scathing about it because I expected better from Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor. If you're a fan of quality British Cinema give this a miss.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2013 17:02:42 BDT
Quote: "I struggle to comprehend why cinema felt the need in the 70s to portray men as impossibly over-sexed morons that are incapable of fidelity and, worse, to portray women as either fusty old frumps or as nothing more than eternally jiggling and perennially undressed ( sic ) haridens".

I struggle to comprehend why people moan about old movies at a time when cinemas are chock-full of C.G.I. twaddle and a never-ending conveyor belt of mindless remakes. Farces such as this thrive on stereotypes. All part of their charm. I suppose. But you are quite correct about the 'Carry On' series.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 21:44:42 BDT
Moaning is the wrong word I think. I review as I feel. I have reviewed dozens of old films positively. I appreciate you commenting on my review though. To comment on it rather than JUST negatively hitting it shows that you are a man after my own heart. Hopefully next time you comment on my reviews I will have pleased you! And for the record, you have a point about the twaddle (sic) of modern cinema!
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