Carry On Cruising (1962) – Carry On Jack (1963)
Don’t ask, don’t even start…
Miss Monkey’s British beau strongly encouraged her to watch this series of filmssome time ago. Good Times were guaranteed. After 30 minutes or so of one of these hallucinogenic horror dreams, I hit the kill switch with extreme prejudice. I think it was supposed to be about the French Revolution, I have tried earnestly to force it from my mind.
I would have gladly, no — Delightedlyleft them out altogether except a certain someone “threw his teddy out of the cot”, “pitched a wobbly” and was otherwise being a mardy git, which in the land of pervy, warm-beer-drinking, bare-knuckle fighting, malnourished pygmy people means “had a shit fit” and insisted I include them.
The Carry On series was a long-running sequence of 31 low-budget British comedy motion pictures produced between 1958 and 1992, all made at Pinewood Studios; often cleverly shot on the same sets and using leftover props and costumes from major Pinewood productions. While many of them parodied more serious films, the series’ humour relied largely on innuendo, double entendre, and the sending-up of British institutions and customs.
Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas were the sole producer and director respectively and mostly employed the same crew and a regular group of actors. Next to the James Bond films, they are the second-longest continually-running UK film series.
Penelope Gilliatt opined, “The usual charge to make against the Carry On films is to say that they could be so much better done. This is true enough. They look dreadful, they seem to be edited with a bacon slicer, the effects are perfunctory and the comic rhythm jerks along like a cat on a cold morning. But if all these things were more elegant I don’t really think the films would be more enjoyable: the badness is part of the funniness.”
These movies are just plain moronic. Second only to Half Man, Half Biscuit, the Carry Onfilms are the single worst form of entertainment ever exported from the UK.