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]

Carry On Spying (1964)

This black & white spy film spoof is a nice, entertaining comedy. The great performances and convincing visuals go a long way to sell the film’s thin-ish plot. Considering the franchise's mixed reputation Carry On Spying is not a bad film at all. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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