With Carry On Cruising, we are six-deep in the Carry On series. That’s roughly 20% of the way through. Nevertheless, we’re recycling the “band of misfits” plot for the fourth time.
Captain Crowther (Sid James) has been captain of the Happy Wanderer cruise ship for ten years. He’s hoping to move on to a large transatlantic ship, but this voyage he discovers several of his key crew members have been replaced with five newcomers. He’s worried they will botch things up, thus preventing him from getting the appointment to the new cruise ship. They do bungle things, but by the end of the movie they’ve learned how to work together. That’s pretty much the same setup as Sergeant, Teacher, and Constable.
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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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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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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.
The next review is for Carry On Constable, the fourth in the series and the first of the 60s. But I need more coffee.
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 Nurse was the hit movie for the UK in 1959, topping the charts there. Hammer Horror was also humming along at the same time, with Terence Fisher’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, and The Man Who Would Cheat Death all being released that year (and all starring Christopher Lee). But Carry On Nurse topped them all.
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