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schlocking, utterly schlocking film,
This review is from: Carry On Screaming [DVD] (DVD)
For openers, as art goes, what a fine pair on the front, the dvd cover. Rare to have people go to such lengths to portray our comedy heritage with these fine examples...of the acting profession. The other two are fine too, they were absolute knock-outs. How any one can have a bad word to say about the Carry On films, well we all have to put up with some who are knockers. They knock just about everything that doesn't involve expletives; puns & double-entendre seem to be too base to bother with. And yet a series of thirty odd films has remained a steadfast name in the annals of comedy, despite all it's young knockers.
This is not only a lovingly rendered example of a range of quality character actors and actresses strutting their stuff, dead pan, straight faced in such schlocky surroundings, but fans of Hammer, Amicus & even Tigon or Tyburn studios might find the whole spoofing hugely amusing. Back in the day a lot of people liked a huge spoof. If it wasn't for camp pictures and huge spoofs, like the Carry On films, we would all be too serious and camping would only be for scouts.
That being said, harking back to centuries past, the likes of Richardson, Swift et al, all could be remarkably verbally dextrous, agile of wit and might play well as a carry on film. Indeed if ever some wit has been played with, albeit with a bawdy seaside postcard kind of sensibility, then the Carry On films have also long been a farce to be reckoned with. If the comedy comes across too broad, too british, overflowing with frothy fluidity, then perhaps the innocence that was the halcyon days of british comedy, whenever they were, hark back to a greener, more peasant land. When men were men, and women were too. Broad, frothy and british.