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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:03 pm

Ivor Biggun wrote:I watched Doctor today. Didn't like the later ones. England, Emmanuelle, and Columbus were particularly bad.


Towards the mid/late seventies the soul had gone out of the Carry Ons, and I know what you mean with the films mentioned. The overtly sexual overtones were borderline soft porn, which is a sad, as the franchise deserved a better send off than that as it went from harmless Seaside humour to attempting to compete with Adventures of a Taxi Driver for its crudity. Columbus was watchable, loved seeing Jim Dale again on these shores as I did what was left of the original cast who attended, but it wasn't the same without Sid, Hattie, Peter Butterworth, Ken williams & Connor and Hawtrey ect... My motto is cherish the classic Carry Ons of the late fifties & sixties when they were at their glorious height. :)
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ivor Biggun » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:03 pm

At least once or twice a decade since the last film was made someone threatens to make another one but you know it's going to be horrible no matter who they get to play in it. You're thankful when you find out later that the whole project has been scrapped. They also wouldn't be able to get an all star cast like they did for the early films because nobody would work for less than scale these days like the actors did back then. A film with 7 or 8 major stars would cost far too much money to make now. I'm going to watch Girls now, I haven't seen that one in a while. I once spent a beautiful day with a beautiful woman in Brighton, where Girls was filmed, so it brings back good memories.
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:18 pm

Been watching the opening title sequence of "Carry On Dick" (1974) and kept thinking.....where have I heard that music before? And now I realize, that same theme and orchestration is heard throughout "My Favorite Year" (1982).
Coincidence? Yeah, that or Ralph Burns & Eric Rogers are the same composer. Stranger things have happened :o.
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:59 pm

Ivor Biggun wrote:Didn't like the later ones. England, Emmanuelle, and Columbus were particularly bad.

That the later movies are disappointing, those three movies especially, has been repeated throughout the topic for years now, a clear consensus. Which is precisely why I was so surprised Carry On Dick (1974) was so good :o.
Despite considerable efforts Carry On Again Doctor (1969) wasn’t nearly as entertaining.
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:19 pm

Dirty Old Yank wrote:
Ivor Biggun wrote:Didn't like the later ones. England, Emmanuelle, and Columbus were particularly bad.

That the later movies are disappointing, those three movies especially, has been repeated throughout the topic for years now, a clear consensus. Which is precisely why I was so surprised Carry On Dick (1974) was so good :o.
Despite considerable efforts Carry On Again Doctor (1969) wasn't nearly as entertaining.
Thanks to everyone for warning us off 'The Unholy Three' :wink:.


Carry on Dick was right up there. :P
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:41 pm

Ilovesteptoe wrote:Carry on Dick was right up there. :P

No question about it :wink:. As Sid James would undoubtedly say, “I’ve had no complaints so far!” That joke must date back to vaudeville and music hall, the first time I heard it was in the Marx Bros “A Night At The Opera” (1935). Margaret Dumont and Groucho are boarding a steamship and she asks, “Are you sure you have everything Otis?” And Groucho replies, “I’ve never had any complaints yet.” Got to see four more recently; Matron, Loving, Jungle and Girls. Though they’re not my favorite Carry On’s they’re still classics with many hilarious bits and the actors commentary tracks are indispensable! Of the four, Jungle and Girls are my faves, so wonderfully politically incorrect.
One bit from Loving that always cracks me up is that patently bogus computer, completely meaningless lights flashing, wheels spinning, what I've always called the Irwin Allen syndrome: movie technology on the cheap :roll:.
And I've just noticed Shakira Caine's second Carry On appearance, in Matron her photograph can be seen on Terry Scott's wall.
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:46 pm

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Ilovesteptoe wrote:Carry on Dick was right up there. :P

No question about it :wink:. As Sid James would undoubtedly say, “I’ve had no complaints so far!” That joke must date back to vaudeville and music hall, the first time I heard it was in the Marx Bros “A Night At The Opera” (1935). Margaret Dumont and Groucho are boarding a steamship and she asks, “Are you sure you have everything Otis?” And Groucho replies, “I’ve never had any complaints yet.” Got to see four more recently; Matron, Loving, Jungle and Girls. Though they’re not my favorite Carry On’s they’re still classics with many hilarious bits and the actors commentary tracks are indispensable! Of the four, Jungle and Girls are my faves, so wonderfully politically incorrect.
One bit from Loving that always cracks me up is that patently bogus computer, completely meaningless lights flashing, wheels spinning, what I've always called the Irwin Allen syndrome: movie technology on the cheap :roll:.
And I've just noticed Shakira Caine's second Carry On appearance, in Matron her photograph can be seen on Terry Scott's wall.


Yeah, as said Carry on Dick was right up there with the best, but the sadly others thereafter flopped (pardon the pun there). Sad in a way seeing a well loved franchise die a slow death especially seeing some of the stars passed on such as Sid James not to mention the conflict with some of the actors. I've read Kenneth Williams diaries and was scathing about the film although did it largely for the money but loyalty to Gerald Thomas & Peter Rodgers and his said relief at the end of filming was evident.

Re: Shakira Caine mentioned. Indeed wife of said Michael who both appeared in that classic Rudyard Kipling adaptation with future hubby called " The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Starring as said Michael Caine & Sean Connery. Excellent film.

Re Marx Brothers. As you know. Some films need no explaining as they do that for themselves. The Marx Brothers as was Laurel & Hardy were, and are even now, trailblazers, who's work was light years ahead of its time will never be surpassed even today. 8)
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ivor Biggun » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:30 am

Best Carry On's

Camping, Up the Khyber, and Loving. I watch those three over and over. Cleo and Cabby get a look in once in a while, too. The others, only if I'm in the mood for something different.
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:01 pm

Ivor Biggun wrote:Best Carry On's

Camping, Up the Khyber, and Loving. I watch those three over and over. Cleo and Cabby get a look in once in a while, too. The others, only if I'm in the mood for something different.


Yeah, those ones are great especially Up the Khyber, and Carry I can think that rarely gets a look in is Teacher on tv is an excellent one too. The only one I have doubts over is Carry on Emmanuel, not because of the acting but the obvious subject matter. Sadly by this time they were aping soft porn not the Ealing/cheeky seaside postcard humour we all grew to love.
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Thu May 12, 2016 7:33 pm

45 years ago today (May 12, 1971) was the Boggs and Son annual works outing* to Brighton Palace Pier followed by mad pub crawl in “Carry On At Your Convenience", its become a favorite. Happy anniversary :o.
* the notice can be seen in the works canteen 8).

One favorite scene of many, Bill Maynard describing Joan Sims’ bristols:
“Well, I mean look at em. Like two bald headed convicts trying to burst out of jail.” :shock:
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Thu May 19, 2016 7:55 pm

Dirty Old Yank wrote:45 years ago today (May 12, 1971) was the Boggs and Son annual works outing* to Brighton Palace Pier followed by mad pub crawl in “Carry On At Your Convenience", its become a favorite. Happy anniversary :o.
* the notice can be seen in the works canteen 8).

One favorite scene of many, Bill Maynard describing Joan Sims’ bristols:
“Well, I mean look at em. Like two bald headed convicts trying to burst out of jail.” :shock:


Man, I love that film. Especially the seaside setting, and seeing most of the main Carry On team appear i.e Sid Jame, Bernard Breslaw, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jaques, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims ect.. , but mainly because Randall & Hopkirk Deceased Marty Hopkirk aka Kenneth Cope features in his first of two Carry On outings. 8)
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Re: Carry on dvd's

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Fri May 20, 2016 11:22 am

Such a good film, At Your Convenience, everyone’s brilliant as always :o. Renee Houston is especially funny, as is Harry Towb in that preposterous white coater “The Sweet Glory Of Love”, he did the accent perfectly. But the really hilarious bit, is that’s a very accurate re-creation of what those movies were really like. Before porn movies became legal here in the early 1970’s, the only way to exhibit porn in cinemas was to present them as educational. They'd always begin with an absurd introduction by an expressionless berk in a white lab coat posing as a physician or psychologist of some kind or another who'd claim authoritatively, "I am a well known and practicing doctor" :roll:.
Actually, Harry Towb wasn't just funnier than those 'white coater' guys, he was far more convincing as well 8).
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