- Actors: Sidney James, Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw
- Directors: Gerald Thomas
- Writers: Talbot Rothwell
- Producers: Peter Rogers
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 12 May 2003
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00008YNFO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Carry On Girls [DVD] 
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The 'Carry On ' team send up the 'Women's Lib' movement in this outing. Sid Fidler (Sid James) convinces Fircombe council to hold a beauty contest, but the local women's lib action group opposes the idea. With Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor and June Whitfield.
Carry On Girls was the last really successful film in the epic series of British film comedies. It's studded with gems of cameo performances and boasts a tremendously innuendo-laden Talbot Rothwell script which is easily the equal of any of its predecessors. The setting, a beauty contest to raise the profile of the dismal resort Fircombe-on-Sea, is ripe for politically incorrect activity of the sort that could only be conducted by Sid James at the height of his lecherous powers. Enter Bernard Bresslaw in a corset, Wendy Richard as Ida Downs, Barbara Windsor as Miss Easy Rider and a host of other semi-clad lovelies and watch as the whole thing rises to a slapstick climax of frisky old colonels, bikinis, bosoms and itching powder. In the smaller roles, Joan Hickson (BBC television's Miss Marple) is hilarious as an elderly woman who believes she is a man-magnet, and the always under-used Patsy Rowlands excels as the downtrodden mayor's wife, a worm who finally turns. But in many ways this is June Whitfield's film: as the terrifying reactionary councillor Mrs Prodworthy, with a butch lesbian sidekick, she plots the downfall of her male colleagues with classic lines. "Rosemary, get the candle", she orders as Patsy Rowlands requests initiation. --Piers FordSee all Product description
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The premise of a beauty contest in a run-down seaside resort hotel (in a vain attempt to drum up some much needed trade) fits very well with the Carry On...thematic. There is a certain faded glamour and desperation surrounding the contestants and their glory days have evidently passed. This doesn't stop the inevitable jealous squabbling and cat fights however, which affords plenty of opportunities for a few bawdy laughs and near the knuckle double-entendres.
This has a quaintness that is missing from some of the other films in the series, and for me stands out as one of the best.
This one involves Sid Fiddler (Sid James) who has an idea to boost trade of a rundown seaside town - a beauty pageant, but opposition by the local women's lib group results in many wives and girlfriends determined that the beauty contest does not go ahead. Plenty of typical bosom jokes, and that sort of thing are ensured.
The best bits come from the dream pairing of Sid James and Bernard Bresslaw, which worked so well in 'Camping', and the winning formula of these two is reprised here. Veteran comedy actress June Whitfield was given a plum role as the leader of the women's lib group, and she played her part with considerable conviction, and contributed to the funniness of it all. Lots of young lovelies such as Valerie Leon, Margaret Nolan, Sally Geeson, and Wendy Richard in her 'Are You Being Served' days, make up the minor cast as the girls in the contest, with the always annoying Barbara Windsor topping the female bill.
'Carry On Girls' is a fun comedy to spend a slow Sunday afternoon, but it's not a great tribute to mark 25 movies (which were by know starting to some signs of running out of steam). Kenneth Williams is absent, but I don't think his lack of presence is as noticeable as it was in 'Carry On Up the Jungle'. This is an uneven one for sure, but it's not necessarily a bad one either.
Like all of the 'special edition' Carry On DVD releases, there is a wealth of exclusive bonus material, including an insightful audio commentary with Jack Douglas, Patsy Rowlands and June Whitfield, trivia notes, an 'on location' programme, and a collectable booklet featuring profiles on all the main actors.
Charles Hawtrey (who had been disposed of after his drunken antics on the Carry On Abroad set and after continual disagreements with producer Peter Rogers over wanting his name elevated above the title which no Carry On star was ever rewarded), Kenneth Williams and the formidable Hattie Jacques are all sorely missed, but there is surprisingly enough fun, laughter and games to enjoy throughout.
In 'Carry On Girls', the typically thin plot is centered around a tacky, end-of-pier beauty contest which immediately faces opposition
from the town's women's lib action group, led by Councillor Prodworthy, played marvelously by June Whitfield. Sid James organises the contest and lets the girls (which includes Margaret Noland and Wendy Richard) stay at the hotel run by his girlfriend, Chloe (Joan Sims) for free! Sid's eye soon strays onto the bubbly Barbara Windsor whom arrives on a motorbike in complete tomboy mode, yet reveals a far more glamorous, feminine side when taking part in the first promotional photo shoot.
The film's climax is where it really scores best with the beauty contest ending in complete disaster. The girls costumes are all laced
with itching powder, the floor is made slippery leading the contestants to tumble down on to the stage and to top if off Councillor Prodworthy
turns on the sprinklers that soaks the entire audience. This is followed by a fun go-kart chase as Sid James flees all of the enraged
customers who all demanding their money back after having been soaked in the theatre. Barbara Windsor is hot on Sid's trail on a motorbike. The last scene sees Sid James and Barbara Windsor riding merrily along a motorway on Barbara's scooter. Silly but great fun.
The cast are all on top form, though any scene which Sid James and Barbara Windsor share raises a smile and a laugh with their undeniable chemistry shining through. This is really Sid and Babs film.
Yet again, Joan Sims is underused and unfairly pigeon holed into a supporting performance which she plays straight and efficiently, where
as Kenneth Connor plays the town's bumbling Mayor, a blatantly incompetent and pompous figure whom causes some amusement though is mainly the butt of a joke. Playing opposite Connor, and inadvertently stealing any scene she's in, is Patsy Rolands, whom has a far meatier part in this Carry On and comes into her own. She plays the Mayor's frustrated and down-trodden wife to utter comic perfection and her character rebels in the end joining forces with June Whitfield's team of women's lib group.
Lovable giant, Bernard Bresslaw pops up as Sid James sidekick in organising the beauty contest. The scenes where he dresses in drag,
deliberately to attract attention from the media in a bid to drum up publicity and generate interest in the contest, are quite hilarious! The sultry Valerie Leon plays his dowdy fiancé who reluctantly ends up joining the beauty contest in the end and is transformed into the
glamorous and stunning beauty she always truly was/is. For some odd reason, however, all of Valerie Leon's lines are dubbed over by June Whitfield! Bizarre! Then there's Jack Douglas bubbling away in the background as the hotel porter, William. His nervous twitching is
something of an acquired taste, and while Douglas is clearly a talented performer who fit in nicely in the 70s Carry On's, it can become
tedious and just annoying at points.
All told, I definitely consider 'Carry On Girls' a classic entry in the series and a highly enjoyable one at that.
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