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Carry On Girls 1973

4.3 out of 5 stars (42) IMDb 5.5/10

Fircombe is a seaside resort hosting a beauty contest. Amongst the contestants are Miss 'Easy Rider' and 'Dawn Brakes', two girls who knock out with their fists as well as their looks! They cause havoc, as do the male guests, and to add to this there is a Women's Lib group determined to ruin the proceedings!

Starring:
Sidney James, Barbara Windsor
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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This is quite a frenetic film but, without doubt, the star of the show is Kenneth Connor as the pompous uptight Mayor with Patsy Rowlands as his lady wife with her weak bladder and wonderful bored expression. It's nice to see June Whitfield in a Carry On film leading her group of women committed to stopping the dreaded Beauty Pageant. The girls themselves are just background but Barbara Windsor is a little over the top. A good romp.
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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2003
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From the glaring absence of regular Kenneth Williams to the surprisingly subdued theme music, this 1973 entry sits somewhat uncomfortably in the Carry On canon. However, bright performances and an improbable but engaging storyline make Carry On Girls one of the last vintage films before the decline of the series.
The cast of stalwarts works hard in a strong ensemble of characters. Sid James stars as businessman Sid Fiddler, convincing Kenneth Connor's mayor Frederick Bumble to host a beauty contest in the seaside town of Fircombe. Barbara Windsor is at her busty best as contestant Hope Springs while a band of feminists, led by June Whitfield as Augusta Prodworthy, launches an hilarious campaign of opposition.
Carlton have done a sterling job of cleaning up a vibrant print. Some of the worst editing exhibited in the series has been carefully tidied up, although nothing can remedy the strange overdubbing of glamourpuss Valerie Leon's voice with June Whitfield's. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a nice complement of extras, including a commentary by surviving cast members, including Whitfield - who also presents a wonderful 'On Location' documentary. There is also a stills gallery, awful theatrical trailer and interesting trivia notes.
Carlton have issued Special Editions of all 18 Rank Carry On films and Carry On Girls is an excellent example of the care they have taken in the preservation and presentation of these rough diamonds in the history of British cinema.
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I love the Carry On films and I have all of them on DVD. This one, however, is not one of my favourites. There are a number of reasons why I don't regard this film with much fondness. First, most of the regular Carry On team are not in this film. Secondly, some of the cast are woefully miscast (Barbara Windsor, in particular) and the film suffers from this. Finally...it just isn't that funny. This was made at the start of the 1970s, when the series really had had its' day and the films were beginning to slip more into the Benny Hill type of humour that was the case at the time. The films weren't as fun or as subtle as they once were. The other problem is that worse was still to come, so this wasn't the least funniest of them all, but it is easy to see the decline that had set in when this film was made. This is one of the few Carry Ons that I have never enjoyed very much and the passing of time has not changed my mind. Three stars from me.
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This is a very funny film with excellent performances from members of the Carry on Team. Sid James and Kenneth Connor are hilarious. Also, Valerie Leon is particularly good as one of the contestants in the beauty contest.
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The seaside resort of Fircombe is struggling to attract the tourists, so Sid Fiddler (Sid James) proposes a beauty contest to draw some much needed punters into the town. Getting the inept Mayor (Kenneth Connor) to agree was easy enough, but opposition comes in the form of Augusta Prodworthy (June Whitfield) and her league of feminists.

Lurid, smutty and just about average in the pantheon of the Carry On series. No Kenneth Williams for this one, but a point of interest is that Robin Askwith appears for the only time. Askwith ironically would become the star of the "Confessions" series of film's which would take the sex comedy to a whole new plateau from 1974 onwards. Carry On Girls has its moments, Bernie Bresslaw in drag brings quite a few gags, while Peter Butterworth as a lecherous old man steals the film. Also pleasing for the franchise faithful is that the Sid James and Barbara Windsor (Hope Springs) pairing gets a nice arc befitting the relationship the pair built up during the series. Beauty contests and feminist whiles are given the treatment in Talbot Rothwell's screenplay, and the dying seaside town in need of a boost has a certain warmth to it (filmed on location in Brighton on England's South Coast0. But really it's mild Carry On fare outside of the flesh and double entendres that are laced in humorous stereotypical cheapness. 5/10
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Would get Three stars but earns an extra star for casting 'Margaret Nolan' as Top Heavy 'Dawn Brakes'..now there's a girl that doesn't mind having her clothes ripped!
Must admit the 'Cat Fight' was very amusing! TRIVIA: Miss Nolan played a cameo part in The Beatles 'A Hard Days Night' 1964..Casino sequence.
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This is often described as one of the weakest of the series. Not so. In fact, it possibly the BEST Carry On ever made. Yes, that's right - the best. It represents everything that made the Carry One so funny, warm-hearted and quintessentially British. Plus its seaside setting (much of the location filming was done in Brighton) gives it a real holiday feeling. Despite what the critics say, this is a very, very funny film, and the cast - with many of the regulars in attendance - are at the top of their game. Sid James lights up the screen: Barbara Windsor is hilarious as one of the beauty queens; and Kenneth Connor gives a simply marvellous performance as the Mayor."Carry On Girls" is a joyous romp; an uplifting celebration of seaside holidays and British peculiarities. It is diabolically under-rated and under-valued. I recommend it heartily.
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