3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Carry On Abroad [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
This film, set in a half-built hotel in Els Bels, Spain successfully showcases Hattie Jacques' remarkable and vastly under-rated talent as a character actress. She plays a Spanish cook struggling with a kitchen from hell. Referring to the oven, 'Is no blooding good, doesn't blooding work' she informs her hapless husband and hotel manager/ receptionist /doorman, played by Peter Butterworth. June Whitfield 'I tried it once and didn't like it' is also excellent as a middle-aged frigid wife who is thawed by a night with the hot-blooded Mario - the manager's son. Otherwise, though, this film is for devoted 'Carry On' fans only. Jimmy Logan seems lost, he's no doubt a good actor, but this was unfortunate casting, he never really sparked. Charles Hawtrey's real-life drinking problem is cruelly mocked and an abundance of boobs & bums try to convince us that this is comedy. Adding aphrodisiac to the punch is a rip-off of 'Carry On Again Doctor' where rubbing alcohol is added to punch. When writers begin repeating devices to drive a comedy along, they're in trouble. But, okay, for vedging out in front of, after a few beers, this would just make the grade. Preferable to any soap opera, at any rate.