Carry on Behind [VHS] 
A beautiful Russian archeologist joins a British dig with chaotic results. Things are further complicated by the presence of hordes of glamorous campers at the caravan park next door. Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams, Windsor Davies and Joan Sims star.
The discovery of valuable archaeological remains beneath a holiday caravan site is the cause of the mayhem in Carry On Behind. That said, the sub-"plots", which involve Windsor Davies and Jack Douglas as a pair of randy fishermen, a couple sharing their caravan with an outsize dog (no, it's not like that...), the obligatory giggling dolly birds and so on are all typical grist to the Carry On mill. The location is of course as bleakly miserable as such a place could ever be and will bring a frisson of familiarity to many Brits. Widely held to be one of the best in the series, the film would in fact have been a rather lacklustre effort were it not for the superbly over-the-top presence of Elke Sommer, whose performance as the strapping assistant to archaeologist Roland Crump (Kenneth Williams) seems like a wonderful hybrid of Ute Lemper and Charlie Dimmock. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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It's the height of the summer season and a group of holiday makers arrive on the dingy-looking caravan park for their annual holidays. The dedicated archaelogists begin their frantic search for the Roman town and start digging enthusiastically away, subsequently leading to the the entire caravan park nearly sinking into the ground after a torrential thunderstorm on the last night of the holiday.
This 1975 entry in this much-loved British comedy film series marked the beginning of the end of the Carry On series. Screenplay writer Talbot Rothwell (who had taken over as writer from Norman Hudis in 1963 with Carry On Cabby) essentially retired from the Carry On films after 1974's Carry On Dick due to nervous exhaustion. Carry On Dick marked the end of an era in more ways than one as it also saw the swift departure of three of its most popular stars: Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor.
Scriptwriter Dave Freeman was drafted into the fold having already worked with producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas on the 1972 film version of the hit ITV sitcom, Bless This House. Dave Freeman's windy, sparky and far bluer dialogue was more risque, a trend that had started to emerge in the vast majority of the 1970s Carry On's. The jokes and endless gags all overflow on smutty innuendo and double entendres even though Freeman was in fact attempting to vaguely recapture the spirit and flavour of 1969's classic Carry On Camping.Read more ›
Both films make for wonderful, "escapist" viewing, and are so wonderfully silly at points that you can't not laugh.
Even without Sid - for whom Windsor Davies' role as Fred the butcher had been originally custom-written - the film captures that wonderful low-budget, cheerful era of home-grown British comedy the likes of which we'll not see again.
Behind stands up against all the other Carry Ons as an equal classic. It brightens up any miserable, rainy Sunday.
Of the DVD extras, the commentary has its moments, but there are too many people. Perhaps what would have worked better would be to have two commentaries, one with Dave Freeman (scriptwriter) being interviewed and one with the rest of the cast in conversation (Rowlands, Douglas, Larry Dann). It tended to get a bit confusing, and not all the comments are audible without fiddling around with the volume. Plus there are a few too many digressions -- I was more interested in hearing about the film itself, than about how nice Les Dawson and Benny Hill were or how much Rowlands enjoyed working with Tony Richardson on Tom Jones! Having said that, it was still an enjoyable and entertaining commentary.
Nicest extra is the stills gallery, comprising a slide show of some charming, rarely seen behind-the-scenes shots, with written commentary and Eric Rogers' music.
The absence of Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques and Terry Scott was always going to be felt (they had all left the franchise by this time), but Williams, Bernard Bresslaw , Kenneth Connor, Joan Simms and Peter Butterworth plough on stoically with the thin formulaic screenplay. Windsor Davis supplements them but he's no Sid James.
The series would trundle out two more films in the 70s before the ill advised comeback movie in 1992 (Carry on Columbus), one of which was the dreadful Carry on England. "Behind" isn't an awful movie as it does have its moments, such as the by-play between Sommer and Williams, and Bresslaw's henpecked husband act. It's also a very good snapshot of the era with budget holidays pointing to the unsteady political climate, while the sexual aspects reek of a time well left behind - but those attitudes did exist back then.
Passable Carry On fare but carrying with it the sadness in knowing the series was long past its sell by date. 6/10
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I love all the Carry On films and I have most of them except this one. Wasn't able to find in HMV. Enjoyed watching it very much.Published 1 day ago by Susan Sheppard
Another Carry On film that will keep you laughing throughout. Good old british setting and humour.... Great.Published 21 days ago by W. Roberts
I think this is the best Carry On film. Particularly loved the misunderstandings between Kenneth Williams and Elke Somers. A real laugh!Published 2 months ago by Madam Butterfly
This later entry into the series comes across as a rehash of Carry On Camping, only without the laughs and some of the regulars. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MCK
I remember this one and it is good to own it on DVD with no interruptions from the adverts.Published 3 months ago by Colin