My Top Ten Carry On Films

by brickley220 | created - 27 Feb 2011 | updated - 27 Feb 2011 | Public

There were thirty movies, Produced by Peter Rogers and Directed by Gerald Thomas; plus a compendium entitled 'That's Carry On' where Barabara Windsor and Kenneth Williams review a cavalcade of highlights. Love them or Loathe them the Carry Ons represent time capsules of British history and humour. I believe that they rate a Genre all of their own and although I love them all, these are the ones I watch most often. Listed in Chronological order to prevent debate of Biblical proportions about the ranking.

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1. Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, War

6.3
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Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, William Hartnell, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 1,829

Made when National Service mixed young men from all backgrounds, this was the original military basic training movie. Starring William Hartnell as Sergeant Grimshawe it set the benchmark for many later films. Indeed it probably inspired Full Metal Jacket, Police Academy and Private Benjamin. "Private Bailey, in answer to your question, I'd back him against the H-Bomb any day."

2. Carry on Nurse (1959)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 2,004

This film paid a tribute to the caring angels of the National Health Service. Made in the days of starched linen, stockings and pretty uniforms. No keyboards, scrubs or MSRA! "Come come, Matron. Surely you've seen a temperature taken like this before?" "Yes Colonel. But never with a daffodil!"

3. Carry on Teacher (1959)

86 min | Comedy

6.3
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Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 1,645

This film starred popular comedian Ted Ray as Headmaster, William 'Wakie' Wakefield, guiding his school through difficult times. "Alright it's already my herculian task to coax anything like audability from these children, if, in addition, I have to cope with an orchestra that makes a lullaby sound the climax to 1812."

4. Carry on Cruising (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Captain Crowther's lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice before the voyage begins there isn't much to choose from. Not only does he get the ... See full summary »

Directors: Gerald Thomas, Ralph Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Liz Fraser

Votes: 1,997

In the first Carry On in Technicolor, the Captain (Sid James) has to cope with new crew members on an important voyage for him and the SS Happy Wanderer. " Gentlemen, have I your agreement for a policy of unremitting quasi-teutonic organisational protectionism?"

5. Carry on Cabby (1963)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Speedee Taxis is a great success, which means its workaholic owner Charlie starts neglecting Peggy, his wife. Suddenly a fleet of rival taxis appears from nowhere and start pinching all the... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 1,864

Charlie Hawkins is worried by competition from Glamcabs, driven by pretty girls in brand new Cortinas. "In no time at all you find that you're about as popular as a wickerwork seat in a nudist camp, and you know what sort of impression that makes on people."

6. Carry on Cleo (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, History

6.8
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Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 3,287

The Carry On team tackle the Sword & Sandals epic from a very different angle. Lots of Latin and other schoolboy humour as the beautiful Amanda Barrie seduces Ceasar as Cleopatra. "Infamy, infamy. They've all got it in for me."

7. Carry on Cowboy (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Western

6.2
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Stodge City is in the grip of the Rumpo Kid and his gang. Mistaken identity again takes a hand as a "sanitary engineer" (plumber) by the name of Marshal P. Knutt is mistaken for a law marshal! Being the conscientious sort, Marshal tries to help the town get rid of Rumpo, and a showdown is inevitable. Marshal has two aids - revenge-seeking Annie Oakley and his sanitary expertise...

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 2,173

The true story of how they cleaned up the Wild West. West of Uxbridge that is. All the great legends take it on the chin with Angela Douglas as Annie Oakley and Peter Butterworth as Doc. "I once talked peace with a Sioux, but you can't trust them. One moment it was peace on, the next it was peace off."

8. Carry on Screaming! (1966)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

6.9
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The sinister Dr Watt has an evil scheme going. He's kidnapping beautiful young women and turning them into mannequins to sell to local stores. Fortunately for Dr Watt, Detective-Sergeant ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Harry H. Corbett, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 3,502

It was Harry H. Corbett's turn as Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung to join in the chaos whilst tracking down missing maidens. Fenella Fielding smoulders as Femme Fatale Valeria Watt whilst her brother Dr. Olando Watt (Kenneth Williams) is "Frying Tonight!". "I am the cloakroom attendant in the One by the Park and you can see me any time, at my convenience."

9. Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)

Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Roy Castle

Votes: 3,748

The natives are revolting on the North West Frontier but they had not bargained for the resilience of the men of the Third Foot and Mouth. Roy Castle joins the team as Captain Keene and leads his men to victory. "Poor old Will, why do they always fire at him?"

10. Carry on Abroad (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

6.4
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A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful.... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims

Votes: 2,713

Especially for all those who have booked a cheap package holiday that wasn't quite like the brochure. Jimmy Logan and Sally Geeson guest star in this tale of dodgy hotels and stomachs. "I, for one, think it was absolutely outrageous, asking us to share a room just because we're married."