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A married couple (Phillips and McEwan) inherit a large old house, and
quick as a wink, decide to turn it into a holiday home for rich kids.
As the different children, and assorted staff descend, so the couple
have to cope with adolescent yearnings, drunken domestics, troublesome
teens and a busy-body alderman determined to secure the building for
A strangely lack lustre effort from almost all concerned, with clunky juveniles, an intensely irritating McEwan, an unusually subdued Phillips and a shocking lack of pace. Only Irene Handl's delicious turn as the officious Miss Spicer, and Joan Hickson's gloriously bombed cook inject any interest. Most famous now as Agatha Christies's Miss Marple, it is indeed a crime of cinematic history that Hickson wasn't regularly nominated for best supporting actress gongs throughout her career. An unsung heroine of British moviedom if ever there was one, if you ask me!
Before they concentrated on the Carry On franchise, producer Peter Rogers, director Gerald Thomas, write Norman Hudis, composer Bruce Montgomery et al made a series of comedies such as "No Kidding". David (Leslie Phillips) and Catherine (Geraldine McEwan) Robinson inherit Chartham Place, a large country home, and convert it into a holiday home for rich children. The children come from a cross section of families but, in general, all suffer neglect from their bust parents. They include an arrogant American brother and sister, the son of a social climbing scrap merchant, two sons of a Middle East King, two daughters of African politicans, the daughter of a Duke, a boy with a seriously ill mother and a sexy teenager with a vivid imagination (Julia Lockwood). As with comedies of this genre there is minimal plot. Christine encourages the children's "freedom", obviously until freedom goes too far. A matron (June Jago) feuds with the drunken cook (Joan Hickson, enjoying herself immensely) who, in turn, is abetted by the caretaker (Noel Purcell). An officious alderwoman (Irene Handl) has an eye on the property for a community center. Given these acting professionals the acting is good across the board. Geraldine McEwan shows the greatest range and its a pity that she isn't better known in North America. Overall this comedy can be recommended, it may not have belly laughs but will bring many smiles.
David and Catherine Robinson inherit an estate and decide to run a summer camp for the children of wealthy parents who are looking for a nice place to dump their children for the summer. The children are a rambunctious lot, especially the American boy. You can tell he's American from the little tough guy American slang he uses, an affectation that quite rightly annoys David. The film and it's characters are engaging throughout although stereotypical. All of the actors were very good indeed but hands down the most memorable and funniest performance is that by Joan Hickson, who was a riot as the drunken cook. It was also interesting to see two Miss Marple's - Hickson and McEwan - in the same movie. Hickson was also in another movie, 'An Alligator Named Daisy,' that featured another Miss Marple, the eccentric Margaret Rutherford. An amusing and pleasant movie that's worth a watch.
On watching this lame comedy it occurred to me that many of the elements of the previous years' "Carry On Teacher" were recycled in this film.The kids in both films go out of control in the first half.They then come together for a common purpose.In Teacher to keep Ted Ray at the school and in this film to save the home from being closed down.Leslie Phillips is of course a common element to both films.However the only performances worthy of note in this film are those of Irene Handel and Joan Hickson.It goes to show that even given a good cast and reliable director and first class writer that the team were still capable of churning out unfunny comedies between Carry Ons.Peter Rogers always maintained that the title was the star of the Carry Ons.that was patently untrue.Take,James,Williams,Hawtrey,Jacques out of a film and you end up with a very dull film.
It is a real shame, but this is a poor film. The potential is there with a good, strong cast, but the story is weak, there are far too many predictable moments and occasions when there is a try at humour which fails miserably. I am surprised that it has been rated as a Comedy. What this film has got going for it, and the only reason I didn't score it 1 out of 10, are the performances from most of the actors, particularly Joan Hickson and Irene Handl (playing a straight role for a change). It is worth watching to see the usual British character actors (Cyril Chamberlain, Sydney Tafler etc) and the wonderful Leslie Phillips and gorgeous Geraldine McEwen who, of course, shares the film with another "Miss Marple"! However, I doubt I will ever sit through it again.
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