Carry On Constable (1960)

The fourth film in the Carry On franchise is closer to Carry on Sergeant than the other two early films. Just as Erik Barker’s character in that first film had his work cut out trying to teach a bunch of National Service recruits a bit of halfway decent soldiering, Sidney James’s character in Carry On Constable has to try and police his district with only a handful of police academy volunteers. And all this with a gang of robbers on the run. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Glückskinder (1936)

This 1936 UFA comedy is trying to emulate Hollywood’s new, successful Screwball formula. It appears to be a high effort production and many things in this film work nicely, but the story is too convoluted and the construction of the plot seems far from perfect. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Teacher (1959)

The third entry into the Carry On franchise takes a slightly different approach than the first two, as the story that provides the narrative backbone to all the hijinks seems to carry a bit more weight. But while this is a very enjoyable film, it has its own problems. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Jonny Stiehlt Europa (1932)

This is an ambitious, but ultimately fairly average German comedy. This adventurous story is set in the world of horse-racing, with lots of bluffs, schemes, and chicanery, but overall the quality of the writing is limited. This film has probably never been made available with English audio or subtitles. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry on Nurse (1959)

After Carry On Sergeant, the team behind it immediately began work on another ensemble comedy, which would be released under the title Carry On Nurse. It is faster-paced, funnier, and more daring that its predecessor, and it sets the tone for the films to come. Its enormous success on both sides of the Atlantic ensured that this model would definitely be turned into a franchise, and it ensured that the filmmakers would keep employing this particular tone and humour. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

A Touch of the Sun (1956)

A charming little film that is rather inconsequential, but has a very decent central performance by the great British comedian Frankie Howerd. It is an odd film that does not exactly feel like a waste of time, but that will make you feel like the writer has been wasting everybody’s time during the second act. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Topper Returns (1941)

Cosmo Topper is back, and so is his uncanny propensity to attract ghosts.
This third and final film gets away from the original books and takes the franchise genre-wise in an entirely new direction: a haunted house murder-mystery case. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Riding on Air (1937)

This is one of the comedies Joe E. Brown did for David L. Loew after leaving Warner Brothers. It is not a good film, but Brown's talents shine through on occasion. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Spione im Savoy Hotel (1932)

Famous German radio presenter Alfred Braun (played by himself) turns detective when an important document is stolen. Featuring the Comedian Harmonists as well as a trio of Italian clowns, this film is an odd concoction made of many elements, none of which really work. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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