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Once and for all, dear readers. I'm leaving this one open for awhile, just in case there are potential voters who are at this very minute carrying on camping somewhere. As an American I thought I had a pretty good grasp on this stuff but I've actually not heard of more than half of these. Details from Wikipedia, dispute them if you must.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Carry On up the Khyber (1968) 4
Carry On Screaming (1966) 3
Carry On Emmannuelle (1978) 2
Carry On Cleo (1964) 2
Carry On at Your Convenience (1971) 2
Carry On Constable (1960) 1
Carry On Cabby (1963) 1
Carry On Jack (1963) 1
Carry On Matron (1972) 1
Carry On Loving (1970) 0
Carry On Henry (1971) 0
Carry On Abroad (1972) 0
Carry On Girls (1973) 0
Carry On Dick (1974) 0
Carry On Behind (1975) 0
Carry On England (1976) 0
Carry On Up the Jungle (1970) 0
Carry On Again Doctor (1969) 0
Carry On Camping (1969) 0
Carry On Nurse (1959) 0
Carry On Teacher (1959) 0
Carry On Regardless (1961) 0
Carry On Cruising (1962) 0
Carry On Spying (1964) 0
Carry On Cowboy (1965) 0
Don't Lose Your Head (1966) 0
Follow That Camel (1967) 0
Carry On Doctor (1967) 0
Carry On Sergeant (1958) 0
Carry On Columbus (1992)0


Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 10:59 (fourteen years ago) link

They're all quite good up till "Follow That Camel"

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Hmm...fifties and early sixties rather skiffly primitive, '64-9 the golden years, seventies onwards a bit of a mess...

It's like the Beatles, innit?

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the early ones, but they're not very Carry On

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Much more Will Hay (Hawtrey being the missing link) but Sergeant in particular is played surprisingly straight most of the way through.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Plus Stanley Unwin is in one of them

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:05 (fourteen years ago) link

And Bob Monkhouse.

There was also an "unofficial" Carry On film from the early sixties which was set in a music school (I remember seeing it one Wednesday evening on BBC1 as a kid) but I can't remember what it was called. Kenneth Williams played a sniffy would-be conductor.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Nurse, Constable or Cabby, I think. Although Camping gets an honorable mention, mainly for the carryon interpretation of a hippy music festival (soundly defeated by the carry on stars, of course).

I guess the earlier ones are a lot more gentile, a lot more innocent. I rather like that.

Ed, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:06 (fourteen years ago) link

There was also an "unofficial" Carry On film from the early sixties which was set in a music school (I remember seeing it one Wednesday evening on BBC1 as a kid) but I can't remember what it was called. Kenneth Williams played a sniffy would-be conductor.

I thought that was more of a 'Doctor' film set in a music school.

Ed, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:07 (fourteen years ago) link

the 'Doctor' films, more or less, being the middle class carry-on.

Ed, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:08 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess the earlier ones are a lot more gentile

Oy!

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:08 (fourteen years ago) link

It might have been but I'm sure most of the Carry On team were in it.

Yes, the "hippy music festival" whose featured band sounded like the Shadows circa 1961.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:08 (fourteen years ago) link

There was also an "unofficial" Carry On film from the early sixties which was set in a music school (I remember seeing it one Wednesday evening on BBC1 as a kid) but I can't remember what it was called. Kenneth Williams played a sniffy would-be conductor.

Yes, I saw that last year some time, it's good! Kenny on top form!

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Went with "Screaming"

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Raising The Wind?

nate woolls, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:12 (fourteen years ago) link

My wife and I enjoyed a bit of Up the Khyber on the sofa the other night.

NickB, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

That's the one (xp)! Yes, the cast list is a lot more Doctor-orientated...written by Phil Larkin's old pal Bruce Montgomery, I see.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, Raising the Wind. as Tom says KW is great. I think he might have even enjoyed making it.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:15 (fourteen years ago) link

oops xp.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:15 (fourteen years ago) link

What's the one where Sid James says "Meet the wife, don't laugh."

I use that line all the time, the wife loves it.

nate woolls, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Wonder what an Orton Carry On script would have been like if (a) he'd lived and/or (b) KW had persuaded him.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Looking at the imdb I see that I've never seen this one...
Twice Round the Daffodils and am intrigued by the comment of the reviewer...
it can occasionally be very uncomfortable to watch..

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:18 (fourteen years ago) link

'Laugh Laughter and Tears!' it says on the box...

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:19 (fourteen years ago) link

they "do it so well it hurts"???

Co-written by Patrick Cargill! (I'm surprised they never used him in the Carry Ons)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Not available from SofaCinema sadly...

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I really like Camel, despite it not really being considered a "proper" Carry On because of the presence of Phil Silvers. There are a lot of wisecracks and one-liners that practically straight out of Bilko, but it would be a much weaker movie without him.
Camping has a lot of individual threads that tie neatly together until the rather clumsy ending. Khyber is probably my favourite as it has an actual plot, a proper finale (dinner party under fire), and the great line at the end from Williams "There is nothing to be afraid of! ...oh, I dunno though"

snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:26 (fourteen years ago) link

The "dinner party under fire" sequence is worthy of Bunuel. Peter Butterworth's finest hour.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's one of the few scenes I actually remember from any of these.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:33 (fourteen years ago) link

I really can't stand Peter Butterworth unfortunately

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:34 (fourteen years ago) link

"You know, they're all completely mad"

The comment on the whole british empire and it's environs, hidden in plain view!

(Khyber, obv)

xpost - yes, everywhere but here.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Butterworth is best in small doses really, like he is in Camping as Mr. Fiddler ("that'll be a pound")

snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Could be worse, he could be Jack Douglas

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Or Jimmy Logan

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Apparently Woody Allen was considered for the Phil Silvers role in ..Follow That Camel. Now that would have been something to see.

Billy Dods, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:41 (fourteen years ago) link

KW v. waspish about Phil Silvers in the diaries

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:44 (fourteen years ago) link

KW v. waspish about *phonebook.jpg* in the diaries

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Esp. tho, I think he even comments on his bad breath at one point

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 11:47 (fourteen years ago) link

He certainly comments on his punchline-free anecdotes, inability to remember lines and self-pity over his wife and kids leaving him ("out of boredom" in KW's opinion).

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm having trouble imagining what Carry On Emmanuelle must be like. More Sid James than Kenneth Williams I'm guessing...

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Sid's not in it but Ken is?

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 12:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I like how they misspell the name.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Synopsis

Emmanuelle Prevert (Suzanne Danielle) is the fascinating, delectable young wife of Emile (Kenneth Williams) the French ambassador for Great Britain. With his sexual prowess damaged in a freak parachuting accident, Emmanuelle has to seek her thrills elsewhere.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:23 (fourteen years ago) link

(damn, xposted while I was compsing this!) Sid James isn't in it. It's a flipping dreadful movie. KW's sexual awkwardness schtick plus some awkward jokes. There's a scene where KW collides with a church spire while parachuting naked, and that's the level the film stays at for it's entirety.

snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Emmanuelle Prevert (Suzanne Danielle) is the fascinating, delectable young wife of Emile (Kenneth Williams) the French ambassador for Great Britain.

Any relation to Jacques?

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 12:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Possibly not.

Suzanne D came in as a last minute replacement for Babs Windsor who walked out on the film complaining of the "filthy script." Sid wouldn't have been in it, having died two years earlier.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:31 (fourteen years ago) link

A Carry On movie that was too filthy even for Barbara Windsor?

http://shinymedia.headshift.com/images/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/19/barbarawindsorcarryon.jpg

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:43 (fourteen years ago) link

She was fine with titillation, apparently, but not with what she considered "porn."

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 12:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I haven't seen Em, the only one I haven't, I believe.

"Carry On England" is possibly the worst film ever made.

"Seargant, why are those men wearing skirts?" (K.Connor)
"That is cause they is not women, sah!" (W.Davies)
"Oh? What are they then?"
"Women, sah"

.. is the only funny line in it.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Carry on Dick is the last one that's any good.

What was Carry on Behind? I forget.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:06 (fourteen years ago) link

I haven't really properly watched a Carry On since I was a kid. I liked the historical ones best then.

chap, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:08 (fourteen years ago) link

(xpost) similar to Camping - it's at a campsite, but KW is an archaeologist.

snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Cleo's got the best Sid James, the best Kenneth Williams and severe Cleopatra hottness.
http://archives.festivaldufilm-dinard.com/13/images_films/CARRY_ON_CLEO.jpg

The Wayward Johnny B, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay not the best pic.

The Wayward Johnny B, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

^^^ Barbara Windsor was going to be Cleo but fell out with the producers - would have been a different film, and probably not as good.

snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:26 (fourteen years ago) link

They're all quite good up till "Follow That Camel"

but this comes before Khyber!

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:27 (fourteen years ago) link

"Behind" has Elke Sommer, doesn't it?

Got there.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:28 (fourteen years ago) link

^^^ Barbara Windsor was going to be Cleo but fell out with the producers - would have been a different film, and probably not as good.

-- snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:26 (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

and then my sister would have been called Barbara, possibly.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:29 (fourteen years ago) link

"Spying" is very good, it has that whole "early Bond" piss take nailed down. Pity it's not shown on TV very often.

snoball, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:29 (fourteen years ago) link

I voted for Khyber for the great scene with the unflappable brits eating dinner while their mansion gets blown up around them.

chap, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:43 (fourteen years ago) link

but this comes before Khyber!

I didn't say there weren't good films after, but certainly they were less consistently good.

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 14:45 (fourteen years ago) link

It was between Screaming, Spying, Dick and Khyber.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

"Spying" is very good, it has that whole "early Bond" piss take nailed down. Pity it's not shown on TV very often.

"Spying" has been on a lot! It's a bit silly. So's "Jack". Maybe something to do with Bernard Cribbens?

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Cabby, Cleo, Cowboy, Screaming, Khyber are prob'ly my faves.

Of the early ones, I like Constable and Regardless.

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 14:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Cabby was filmed at the bottom of our road when we lived in Windsor.

Not while we lived there, unfortunately. Arthur Road, road fans.

Mark G, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:50 (fourteen years ago) link

It's a bit silly.

As opposed to what??

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:20 (fourteen years ago) link

"I prefer the earlier, more serious Carry On films"

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Mark G, the other good line from Carry On England is when Windsor Davies asks Patrick Mower (something along the lines of) whether he knows anything about German planes. "No, but I know a Fokker when I see one"

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

"I prefer the earlier, more serious Carry On films"

But they are more serious!

Tom D., Monday, 21 July 2008 15:23 (fourteen years ago) link

You would have thought that someone starting a Carry On film poll would have at least a nodding familiarity with all the films listed.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Why do you think I started the poll in the first place??

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Convenience for the win!

ah whatever

Ste, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Cleo! Cleo!

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 21 July 2008 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Saturday, 2 August 2008 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

"Mark G, the other good line from Carry On England is when Windsor Davies asks Patrick Mower (something along the lines of) whether he knows anything about German planes. "No, but I know a Fokker when I see one""

That's one of its good lines? I could build a fleet of Fokkers and fly one round the world in the time between that line being telegraphed and it being delivered.

Not may of them stand a second viewing but Don't Lose Your Head and Up The Jungle were both good for a giggle in parts.

Fred Nerk, Sunday, 3 August 2008 05:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm voting for Jack on the grounds that Charles Hawtrey delirious at sea was the funniest thing in the world when I was 10. I don't think I've ever seen it since.

Alba, Sunday, 3 August 2008 12:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Give me Convenience or give me death. Everything about that movie is perfect. You can stick predictable winner Khyber right up yr khyber.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 3 August 2008 18:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Kyhber? I thought Cleo was the canonical choice.

Alba, Sunday, 3 August 2008 18:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Cleo is a sight better than Khyber but neither contain

a) a budgie that can pick horses
b) lazy Trade Union zings a-go-go
c) CHARLES HAWTREY STRIP POKER
d) bogs
e) staff piss-up
f) genuinely touching unrequited Sid James/Joan Sims/Selwyn Froggitt love triangle

Screaming is fucking shit an' all.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 3 August 2008 18:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Sunday, 3 August 2008 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

A poor turnout.

Alba, Sunday, 3 August 2008 23:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Honestly fuck all y'all

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 3 August 2008 23:04 (fourteen years ago) link

i missed this thread but i was going to vote for khyber anyway

electricsound, Monday, 4 August 2008 03:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Only 17 voted, very poor.

Billy Dods, Monday, 4 August 2008 09:47 (fourteen years ago) link

That's one of its good lines? I could build a fleet of Fokkers and fly one round the world in the time between that line being telegraphed and it being delivered.

Find me a Carry On joke that isn't telegraphed. The gags are so contrived, and that is part of the entertainment.

I find I enjoy some of the jokes in the way I enjoy an old trusted recipe. "But, but, it is I, Camembert... the Big Cheese!" is not subtle or unexpected but it is beautifully delivered and gets to me every time.

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 4 August 2008 11:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Carry On Up The Khyber starting on Film4 in 10 minutes, UKers.

nate woolls, Sunday, 10 August 2008 18:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Would've picked Cleo had I seen this poll.
I have fond memories of watching Carry On Girls in my younger years. Would like to see that again. They always show the same ones on TV, don't they? Dick, Khyber, Camping. They should wheel the more obscure ones out.

DavidM, Sunday, 10 August 2008 18:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Cruising was on earlier this afternoon on ITV, and that doesn't seem to get shown often. I think I've only seen Sergeant on TV once.

snoball, Sunday, 10 August 2008 18:36 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...
eleven years pass...

"Don't Lose Your Head" was just on. Seemed to have a much higher budget than usual, it looked pretty good, especially the parts with the guillotine and the mob. Definitely funny, though a couple of the sequences are far too long. No Kenneth Connor, no Babs Windsor and Jim Dale is wasted as Sid James' sidekick but Joan Sims is fantastic and Kenneth Williams is on good form. By the way, Kenneth Williams would have made a great Robespierre in something if someone had thought of casting him in the role (Robespierre actually is in the film but played by Peter Gilmore, who is far too rugged and imposing).

Captain Beeftweet (Tom D.), Saturday, 6 June 2020 14:00 (two years ago) link

was everyone voting sarcastically in this or something?

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 6 June 2020 14:13 (two years ago) link

People refusing to take Carry On films seriously >:(

Captain Beeftweet (Tom D.), Saturday, 6 June 2020 14:21 (two years ago) link

I have the box set and will review them all once that seems like a good idea (perhaps never)

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 6 June 2020 14:34 (two years ago) link

I was right 12 years ago and am still right

hip posts without flaggadocio (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 6 June 2020 15:01 (two years ago) link


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