Carry On Regardless (1961)

Carry On Regardless (1961)

A lot of folks are out of work. Bert Handy (Sam Vimes Sid James) starts up an odd-job agency called “Helping Hands.” The premise provides quite a bit of variety in setting at the expense of narrative structure — the cast circulate through a series of odd jobs, culminating at the end with an all-cast home-repair-themed extravaganza.

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Carry On Constable (1960)

Carry On Constable (1960)

I said last time that I was looking forward to Sid James but I want to open by talking about the other Kenneth. Prior to Carry On, Kenneth Connor replaced Peter Sellers on the radio show Ray’s a Laugh and understudied him on The Goon Show, so he had an excellent comedic heritage coming into the Carry On. Connor’s appearances bookend the series, showing up in the first seven films, then seven of the last eight. (Since Carry On Columbus was shot fourteen years after the penultimate film, Carry On Emmannuelle, it seems unfair to hold that against him.)

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Johnny Longtorso

So when Guardians of the Galaxy came out, I wanted to get a Groot action figure. But they wouldn’t sell you a large one. That would be too easy. Instead, a part of him came with every other action figure in the set. So to have a complete Groot, you had to buy all of the rest.

A month or so ago I saw the new Ghostbusters figures in a toy store. Each came with a part of the “Rowan” ghost.

Then today I was reminded of this classic MST3K invention:

I hate it when comedy routines become reality.

Carry On Teacher (1959)

Carry On Teacher (1959)

If you ever wanted to see the Sorting Hat sexually harass the Hogwarts faculty, Carry On Teacher is your movie. I forgot to mention this last time, but Leslie Philips voices the judgmental topper in several of the Harry Potter films. Here, he’s a love-addled psychologist. He’s not the only one struggling to keep his mind on work, making this the first “typical” Carry On of the series, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

To get a sense of a movie franchise you often have to go all the way back to its early beginnings. Dr. No might lack the gadgets, but James Bond is undeniably James Bond. The optimism and heart of Star Trek still shines through the lens flares and explosions of Into Darkness. This is not true for Carry On Sergeant.

There may be spoilers. Can you spoil a nearly sixty-year-old movie? Let’s see.

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