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Carry On Films

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Carry On Films

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Carry On Films

Despite tiny budgets, laboured puns and endless double-entendres, the 30 Carry On films of producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas are among the most fondly remembered comedies in British cinema. This is largely due to the popularity of the wonderful cast. Its mainstays, from 1958 until 1978, were Kenneth Williams, master of comic voices and flared nostrils; the roguish Sid James with his lecherous laugh; and the waif-like Charles Hawtrey, who could get a laugh simply by walking in front of the camera in a pair of shorts. Barbara Windsor (‘Saucy!’) will forever be linked with the Carry Ons, though she only appeared in 9. The true ‘Carry On Queen’ was Joan Sims, who was in 24.

Perhaps the best was Carry on Cleo (1964), which benefited from sets left behind at Pinewood from the Richard Burton / Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra, and had one of Talbot Rothwell’s strongest scripts. This is the film where Kenneth Williams, as Julius Caesar, utters the immortal line: “Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!”

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Your comments

From Barbara Windsor's bra to Sid James' dirty laugh, whether you love or hate them, Carry On films have left an everlasting impression on British comedy. It's crude, sexist, racist, and ever other -ist, but somehow you can forgive them and laugh.

Jonathan Smales

Another piece of English culture that the pc brigade are trying to sweep under the carpet. A true Englishman should execute the Scottish command 'Up Kilts' to all those who oppose this pinnacle of achievement!!!
Bernard Edwards

best for anglo/american relations in past - ask any american from that viewing era. holiwood would learn much from reviewing these national icons.
edward walpole-brown 111.

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry