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Carry on Camping (1969)

Sid and Bernie keep having their amorous intentions snubbed by their girlfriends Joan and Anthea. The boys suggest a camping holiday, secretly intending to take them to a nudist camp. Of ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Sid Boggle
Charles Hawtrey ... Charlie Muggins
Joan Sims ... Joan Fussey
Kenneth Williams ... Doctor Kenneth Soaper
Terry Scott ... Peter Potter
Barbara Windsor ... Babs
Hattie Jacques ... Miss Haggard
Bernard Bresslaw ... Bernie Lugg
Julian Holloway ... Jim Tanner
Dilys Laye ... Anthea Meeks
Peter Butterworth Peter Butterworth ... Josh Fiddler
Betty Marsden Betty Marsden ... Harriet Potter
Trisha Noble ... Sally
Brian Oulton ... Mr. Short
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Farmer
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Storyline

Sid and Bernie keep having their amorous intentions snubbed by their girlfriends Joan and Anthea. The boys suggest a camping holiday, secretly intending to take them to a nudist camp. Of course they end up in the wrong place, and meet up with the weirdest bunch of campers you can imagine! Coach loads of sex-starved schoolgirls and bands of hippies all add to the laughs. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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For Your Entertainment. The 'CARRY ON' team [Australia] See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das total verrückte Campingparadies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dilys Laye was allowed by producer Peter Rogers to keep costumes worn in this film, in particular the green and pink dress worn during the cinema scene. See more »

Goofs

When Joan tells Sid that they are already "soaking wet" after having put up the tents, their clothes appear dry and not wet. See more »

Quotes

Peter Potter: Hello darling, Oh No.
Harriet Potter: Hello Peter darling, I'm just checking on the camping gear.
Peter Potter: So I see.
Harriet Potter: Did you have a good day?
Peter Potter: Oh not bad, got drunk at lunchtime, went to a strip club and ended up in bed with a popsy.
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Alternate Versions

As with many Carry On films the BBFC required cuts for an 'A' (PG) certificate. Although the double entendres during the tent scene were eventually allowed the word 'erection' was removed, as was an entire scene where Peter leaves the girl's tent. Later releases feature the same edited print. See more »

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Follows Carry on Cruising (1962) See more »

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CARRY ON CAMPING (Gerald Thomas, 1969) **1/2
9 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is perhaps the quintessential "Carry On" film, which also means that it's terribly dated when viewed today! That said, it's quite funny scene by scene – even if the plot itself is alarmingly thin and disjointed.

In fact, it follows three separate narrative threads during the first half which then come together: one involving Sid James and Bernard Bresslaw and their girlfriends, sisters Joan Sims and Dilys Laye; another with bickering couple Terry Scott and Betty Marsden, who pick up annoying drifter Charles Hawtrey along the way; and the members of a finishing school (including perky Barbara Windsor) and led by the series' all-too-typically reserved authority figures – namely Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques. With this film, the bawdiness which has since become synonymous with the series really took off – beginning with the very opening sequence, which finds James et al in a cinema showing a documentary about a nudist campsite!; a scene in which James and Bresslaw spy on the women's baths through a hole in the wall was subsequently much imitated.

Many of the film's best moments highlight Terry Scott – exaggerating his afternoon activity when asked by the wife how it was, knowing full well she isn't lending him the slightest attention; his encounter with a bull in a field; at the end, when he takes stock of the situation in his tent and forcibly throws out Hawtrey. Popular British starlet Valerie Leon, who appeared in a number of "Carry Ons", has a bit here as a salesgirl. By the way, CARRY ON CAMPING was trimmed by the BBFC on its original release; ironically, it ended up being the highest grossing film of the year in the U.K.!


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