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Carry On Cruising

Carry On Cruising

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Carry On Cruising  Captain Crowther’s lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice before the voyage begins there isn’t much to choose from. Not only does he get the five most incompetent shipmates ever to sail the seven seas, but the passengers turn out to be a rather strange bunch too. The SS Happy Wanderer will never be the same.

One of my favourites in the series.

Carry On Cruising  Although missing some of the regular cast members (Joan Sims and Charles Hawtrey), this Carry On is one of the better ones in the series. The script is sharp with some great gags deftly delivered by the ensemble. Sid James plays the experienced Captain of a cruise liner in charge of a crew with some inexperienced new recruits. This is the perfect setup for a series of disasters and the film duly delivers. Cruising is one of the earlier Carry Ons (first in colour) and maybe because of this, everyone seems fresh and on top of their game. The editing complements the script and the cast seem to have an energy which sometimes flags later in the series. The newer cast members keep the mix interesting and stand out performances from the wonderful Esma Cannon, Kenneth Williams (shower scene !) and Sid James combine to produce one of the definitive Carry Ons.

a superior ‘Carry On …’


Before the ‘Carry On’ series had busty Barbara Windsor and more than a subtle touch of the bawdy about it, this funny example took to sea with some of the regulars (the crumpled Sid James, the priceless Kenneth Williams, and boggle-eyed Kenneth Connor). With the wonderful Esma Cannon getting tiddled in the bar, and Lance Percival as a disgustingly inventive cook, it couldn’t miss.

The best bits by a long way include Connor’s clumsy courtship of Liz Fraser; alongside Williams’ stilted and self-righteous officer, all nostrils and hardly-hidden indignation. Very funny, as most of the ‘Carry Ons’ were.

Carry on Cowboy

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