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Ernie s Uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral family home with the rest of his rather eccentric relatives. Ernie s imagination has been affected by his constant immersion in cheap horror novels, but his wildest fears turn out to be justified when the guests begin to drop dead.
Starring Carry On stalwarts and all round British comedy legends Kenneth Connor and Sid James, What A Carve Up! is classic British humour at its very best.
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Unfortunately, this DVD release is not in the same league as the film itself.Read more ›
The answer was... surprisingly well! The script is full of terrible inconsistencies, but it has a good ensemble cast, and is, on the whole one of the better British comedies of that period.
Kenneth becomes a "beneficiary" ("you filthy swine; how long can they give you for that?") of his uncle Gabriel's estate. In order to collect his inheritance (whatever it may be), he has to go to "Blackshaw Towers"; the family home. (He is forced to do so, because his solicitor says that if he doesn't there may be "serious if not fatal consequences"!) Sid condescends to go with him and the two soon find themselves at a desolate and foggy railway station, without any directions or means of transport to the said Blackshaw Towers. However, Sid manages to find a hearse - a Rolls-Royce - to take them there (or, at least part of the way there: "Give or take a mile")! Poor Ken has to sit in the back ("There's room for one in't-back"!) ("I've a good mind to report you to the Pallbearers' Union"). They'll have to mind "them bogs": "They've claimed many a victim". "And so have you!".
Once they arrive at Blackshaw Towers, they firstly see the splendour of the family residence, where Sid wouldn't get 30 bob for the "priceless heirlooms", at the church bazaar. However, he can't help but notice the magnificent moose-head mounted on the wall: "He must have been going like a bomb when he hit that wall!".
Soon after, they encounter the rest of the family, including Guy (Dennis Price) who enjoys a tipple rather too much! ("If they've got Guy, they've got Guy's gun!" and "Don't forget Guy!") Aunt Emily (Esma Cannon) ("It's in my reticule.Read more ›
Sidney James was also born to play his role as schmoosing lawyer Sid, but its Kenneth who takes all the best scenes, and gets the biggest laughs. Watch out for Donald Pleasance and Micheal Gough in some smaller, and yet equally scary roles, who each manage to add a very sinister air to the film.
The plot may not be 'new' but the atmosphere and the characters make this a very entertaining and individual film all round. Very, very good.
All in all I recommend this film, a good old British comedy.
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Bought for my Grandson's birthday who has just got into Carry On films and it has a very similar cast, can't wait to see it again myself, hope its as good as I remember.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer