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The Carry On Films

Updated on October 23, 2015

The Carry On Films - Britain's Most Successful Film/Movie Series of All Time

The Carry On Films series ran for twenty, laughter strewn years from 1958 to 1978 inclusive, with what has so far proven to be but a one-off comeback production in 1992. The films featured many of Britain's top comedy stars of the era, including Sid James (pictured left), Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims and many, many more. The film themes touched upon everything from Anthony and Cleopatra and the Court of Henry VIII, to campsite capers, to high jinks in what were at the time modern day hospitals. Some of them were hilarious, some - at the very best - only mildly amusing, but each one played its part in forming a collection that will surely be viewed, remembered and revered by generations yet to come along.

Carry On Cleo (1964)

Anthony and Cleopatra - as you have probably never seen them before

Carry On Cleo is definitely one of the classics of the series and is probably the film with the strongest plot. It begins with the Roman invasion of Britain, led by Julius Caesar (Kenneth Williams) and his trusted friend, Marc Anthony (Sid James). Among the slaves captured and taken back to Rome are struggling inventor Hengist Pod (Kenneth Connor) and his new neighbour, Horsa (Jim Dale).

Following an attempt on Caesar's life, Pod is mistakenly credited with foiling the assassins and made Caesar's bodyguard for among other things, the journey to Egypt and the domain of the beautiful but cunning Cleopatra Amanda Barrie.

Carry On Screaming (1966)

If you go down to the woods tonight, you're in for a big surprise!

In Carry On Screaming, the Carry On team venture into the world of spoof horror with both creepy and hilarious results.

Sergeant Bung (Harry H Corbett) and his blundering sidekick Constable Slobotham (Peter Butterworth) are investigating a series of mysterious disappearances of young women. When a young man (Jim Dale) swears that a mannequin in a shop window is his missing girlfriend, the resulting line of inquiry eventually leads the pair to the eerie mansion inhabited by Dr Watt (Kenneth Williams) and his beautiful sister Valeria (Fenella Fielding) as well as an assortment of other, curious entities...

The Principal Stars of the Carry On Films - Want to know a little more about the most popular ones?

There were a great many actors and actresses starred in one or more of the Carry On films but it is of couse not possible to feature all of them here.

Sincere apologies to any of those regulars who may have inadvertently been overlooked.

This film features Dr Kilmore (Jim Dale,) a young doctor at a busy urban hospital, favoured by the patients and the pretty young nurses alike, who is sacked from his job following a misunderstanding and the evil scheming of Dr Tinkle (Kenneth Williams) and Matron (Hattie Jacques).

The patients - who include Bernard Bresslaw, Frankie Howerd, Sid James and Charles Hawtrey - determine to right the wrong and get Dr Kilmore reinstated. Look out Dr Tinkle and Matron, there is mischief afoot...

Carry On Doctor - Trailer - To play the video, click on the arrow in the centre of the screen

Without a doubt, Carry On Camping is one of the best and funniest of all the Carry On Films.

Sid Boggle (Sid James) and Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw) take their somewhat innocent girlfriends to the Paradise Campsite (mistaking it for a nudist camp that they saw in a film) in the hope that it will lower their inhibitions. What they find instead is a muddy field, devoid of all facilities bar a small wash-house. Their fellow campers, however, include a group of girls from "Chayste Place" Finishing School, among whom is Babs (Barbara Windsor, right,) the Potters on their annual camping holiday which Mr Potter (Terry Scott) always "loves" and of course the girls' school's responsible adults, Dr Soaper (Kenneth Williams) and the woman besotted with him, Miss Haggard (Hattie Jacques).

A whole host of comical episodes result from this mixed group's interactions, culminating when a group of hippies arrive to hold an all night rave in the next field.

Carry On Camping - Trailer

Carry On Again Doctor (1969)

When Doctor Nookey (Jim Dale) falls foul of the administrators at the hospital where he works once too often, he is sent on a posting to a remote and extremely inhospitable tropical island. He meets Gladstone Screwer (Sid James) who introduces him to a remarkable slimming potion, made by the natives.

Nookey soon returns to Britain armed with a supply of this potion and sets up a clinic, achieving remarkable and virtually overnight success. But his former colleagues are soon investigating his activities and when Screwer turns up to pay a visit, confusion and hilarity soon reign.

Carry On Matron (1972)

Hattie Jacques rules with an iron rod at Finisham Maternity Hospital in what is effectively the title role of this movie. When Sid James and his inept gang of crooks muscle in, however, intent on securing a supply of birth control pills for sale overseas, slapstick humour abounds.

Carry On Matron - Trailer

Carry On Abroad (1972)

The early days of the foreign package holiday sees the Carry On team on a weekend trip to Spain. The fun starts when they arrive at their hotel near the village of "Ells Bells," to find it still very much under construction...

Carry On Abroad - Trailer

Carry On Behind (1975)

Following a very similar theme to the earlier and hugely successful, "Carry on Camping," Carry On Behind is almost as funny as its predecessor. A rare event indeed that the same idea works a second time but Windsor Davies brings a fresh concept to proceedings as the married man away on ostensibly a "fishing" weekend, pursuing the young ladies on the site.

Carry On Behind - Trailer

Truly one of the funniest and most enjoyable Carry On films of all time!

Carry On Bibliography

There were thirty-one Carry On films made in total, including one compilation.

They are as follows:

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Carry On Nurse (1959)

Carry On Teacher (1959)

Carry On Constable (1959)

Carry On Regardless (1961)

Carry On Cruising (1962)

Carry On Cabby (1963)

Carry On Jack (1963)

Carry On Spying (1964)

Carry On Cleo (1964)

Carry On Cowboy (1965)

Carry On Screaming (1966)

Carry On Don't Lose Your Head (1966)

Carry On Follow That Camel (1967)

Carry On Doctor (1967)

Carry On Up The Khyber (1968)

Carry On Camping (1969)

Carry On Again Doctor (1969)

Carry On Up The Jungle (1970)

Carry On Loving (1970)

Carry On Henry (1971)

Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)

Carry On Matron (1972)

Carry On Abroad (1972)

Carry On Girls (1973)

Carry On Dick (1974)

Carry On Behind (1975)

Carry On England (1976)

That's Carry On (1977) - Compilation

Carry On Emmannuelle (1978)

Carry On Columbus (1992)

More Carry On?

Rumour has it that a brand new Carry On film with the working title, "Carry On London," is soon to go into production.

Watch this space...!

I hope you have enjoyed this off-beat look at what was surely the longest running and most prolific series of comedy movies in history.

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Carry On Watching! - These productions truly stand the test of time

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      Melina Doyle 17 months ago

      I love all of the Carry On films. I never tire of watching them.

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      stanger66 4 years ago

      I simply LOVE all carry on movies

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      I've seen all the Carry On films. Sid James with his laugh was always my favourite.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I loved the old Carry On movies - they used to show them at my primary school on the last day of term - can you imagine that in the 60s. Then, when I was a student, I used to see Kenneth Williams walk by my halls of residence on the way from his flat in Regent's Park to do his voice over sessions in Soho - he just looked so miserable.

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      This was very interesting

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Did you know there's a jigsaw based on the Carry On Films? http://www.yourjigsawpuzzles.co.uk/carry-on-movie-...

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      GoldenTvMemorie1 5 years ago

      Always loved the Carry Ons. Met Babs last year and she was just as you imagine she would be. ''Allo darlin''' etc... :-)

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      watched all of them over the years. still love them

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      BobBlackUK 5 years ago

      Great lens. The Carry On films were a phenomenon of their time. They packed out the UK cinemas.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      I had forgotten about these and really could not have thought of the title. My aunt loved the Brits and always had one going in the evening. Great sense of humor.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Weren't they fantastic? Well done on a real nostalgia trip, well-deserving of its Purple Star.

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      bestcomedyfilms 6 years ago from UK

      Great lens, I love the Carry On films, Carry On Screaming is my favourite and probably Carry On Up the Khyber my second fave!

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      theclickfactory 6 years ago

      "mannequin in a shop window is his missing girlfriend" Sounds pretty interesting.

      Good Lens!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I have seen quite a lot of them. They are funny and not too rude =)

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      This series of movies take me back to my formative years and are rightfully part of my British comedy heritage. Seeing Kenneth Williams again reminded me of listening to him on the radio programme Just A Minute. He was hysterical on that too! *Blessed*

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Nice! I enjoyed this lens very much. I have heard about the Carry on Film from my parents long ago but not much has been said about it until now.

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Great comic series and great lens.I found lots of useful information, Thanks!

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Great retrospective of these productions. Thank you for introducing me to this comic series!

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      Surreymagic 7 years ago

      This lens- what a carry on! (This is one well built lens).

      Ah, those Carry On films- a mixed bag yet I feel sentimental when I see them because, like many Brits, grew up seeing the various characters who were really extensions of the comedy actors playing them.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      really well done - i can see the work you put into this lens!

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      dezwards 7 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens. Grew up with the Carry On films and love them! Many thanks for reviving loads of memories. Great stuff!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very good list off these comic masterpieces, i watched so many of them , but the ones I remember are matron and follow the camel

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Congrats on your purple star, well deserved!

      Linda

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      Great lens! 5 star blessing!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun. I had never heard of it, but now I'll try to catch a few episodes.

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      A great showcase! Welcome to The Armchair Critics.

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      ChasShaw 8 years ago

      What a great lens. I am a fan of the carry on films

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I love the Carry On films. Living in the US now means that it is a while since I have seen any (we don't get those repeats on BBC2 here)!

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      BruceBeerdrinke1 9 years ago

      Great lens. I know on the Hot Fuzz Dvd they mention the Carry On movies and Hammer films several times. I'm familiar with a few Hammer pictures, but was curious about Carry On films.

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