Carry On Cleo (1964)

Spoofing Ancient Greco-Roman adventure epics like Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, Carry On Cleo is a silly yet entertaining comedy with a handful of highlights that are still too few to allow the film as a whole to have a lasting impact. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Jack (1964)

An inept navy captain, a dim-witted press-gang victim, a woman who stole a naval officer’s identity, and the man she stole it from – these four are our central characters who go through all sorts of nautical shenanigans, harassed by mutineers and pirates, but uncumbered by any real plot. This second colour film of the Carry On franchise manages to get a lot of production value out of its modest budget. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Cabby (1963)

Peggy Hawkins wants her husband to settle down a bit, adopt a hands-off approach to his successful little cab empire, and maybe buy a cottage in the countryside, etc. But he is a bit of a workaholic and a bit of a control-freak and he simply loves driving cabs. When driven to the end of her patience, Peggy is going to adopt a scheme that will cause her husband a fair amount of problems. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Casino Royale (1967)

Casino Royale is a comedy spoofing the character and world of James Bond as seen in the first four Bond films, especially the franchise’s obsession with nubile young women. The film consists of a number of “episodes” split up between five-and-a-half directors; and one of the lead actors was fired half-way through the film. Still, while the plot is nonsensical and incoherent, there are some enjoyable elements to be found here; but they are few and far between. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Cruising (1962)

The first-ever Carry On film in colour, Carry On Cruising benefits from a nice soundstage set and an interesting, mildly lavish wardrobe. The characters are enjoyable, and the story flows nicely enough, but while this is a decent film there is nothing that stands out in particular. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Regardless (1961)

In this fifth instalment in the Carry On franchise, the premise of having the characters work in a temp agency doing all sorts of odd jobs gives writer Norman Hudis the excuse to explore any idea that occurs to him, with little thought having to be wasted on how this will hold together in the end. So this paper-thin premise provides the basis for a string of amusing scenes in which the characters – as usual in this franchise – are out of their collective depth. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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]

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]

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]

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

The first film in what would turn out to become a long-running franchise, Carry On Sergeant is a rather mild-mannered comedy that passes you by like a warm autumn breeze. Nothing here stands out, and there is no sting in the writing. But it tells a good-natured tale, and is fairly entertaining. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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