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William Hartnell, fresh from Granada sitcom The Army Game, is the tyrannical sergeant with a heart of gold, Eric Barker the bumbling captain, Bob Monkhouse the lovelorn new recruit, Kenneth Connor the nervous hypochondriac, Charles Hawtrey the comic relief etc. No stereotype is overlooked. But when the performers are this good, it’s hard not to be impressed. Shot in glorious black and white, the film boasts more location filming than most of the other Carry Ons put together, and even in the Pinewood interiors the parade ground atmosphere is always there in the subtle background sound effects of marching feet and shouted orders.
Well, I wouldn’t go that far, but for being deeply unsatisfying, despite the nurses in their undies, I give it a mere 2/5. 6) Carry On Cruising (1962) Cast: Sid James (Captain Wellington Crowther), Kenneth Williams (Leonard Marjoribanks), Kenneth Connor (Dr Arthur Binn), Lance Percival (Wilfred Haines), Liz Fraser (Glad Trimble), Dilys Laye (Flo Castle), Esma Cannon (Bridget Madderley), Cyril Chamberlain (Tom Tree), Jimmy Thompson (Sam Turner), Ronnie Stevens (Drunk),Vincent Ball (Jenkins),Willoughby Goddard (Fat Man), Ed Devereaux (Young Officer), Brian Rawlinson 46 Carry On Films 4/5/05 6:32 pm Page 47 C A R RY O N F I L M S (Steward),Anton Rodgers (Young Man),Tony Sagar (First Cook), Mario Fabrizi (Second Cook), Terence Holland (Passerby), Evan David (Bridegroom), Marian Collins (Bride), Jill Mai Meredith (Shapely Miss), Alan Casley (Seaman) Crew: Director Gerald Thomas, Screenplay Norman Hudis (from a story by Eric Barker), Producer Peter Rogers, Music Bruce Montgomery & Douglas Gamley, Director of Photography Alan Hume, Editor John Shirley, Art Director Carmen Dillon, Assistant Director Jack Causey, Production Manager Bill Hill, Camera Operator Dudley Lovell, Continuity Penny Daniels, Make-Up George Blackler & Geoff Rodway, Hairdresser Biddy Chrystal, Costume Designer Joan Ellacott, Sound Recordists Robert T MacPhee & Bill Daniels, Sound Editors Arthur Ridout & Archie Ludski, Casting Director Betty White, Beachwear for Miss Fraser & Miss Laye by Silhouette (Anglo Amalgamated, April 1962, Eastmancolor, 89m, U) DVD: 2001 (Studio Canal, D038035) Story: En route for Spain, Italy and North Africa on the SS Happy Wanderer, Captain Wellington Crowther (Sid James) wants a relaxing final voyage before promotion.
But it’s as unsatisfying as sketch films always are – compare the conveyer 45 Carry On Films 4/5/05 6:32 pm Page 46 MARK CAMPBELL belt of skits that is Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the well-structured narrative of their far superior Life of Brian. No contest. Of course, Regardless has its good points. One of them is the late lamented presence of Stanley Unwin, whose ‘gobbledegook’ adds a touch of vitality that the film otherwise lacks (‘How do you do? And the final scene of chaos as the Helping Hands team tries to clean up Unwin’s old house – only to demolish it in the process – is funny stuff, despite looking like a page out of The Beano.