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Carry on Cruising (1962)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  April 1962 (UK)
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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 »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 five most incompetent shipmates ever to sail the seven seas, but the passengers turn out to be a rather strange bunch too. The SS Happy Wanderer will never be the same. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <>

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That Carry On crew in a luxury laughter cruise!


Comedy | Romance


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The role of Wilfred Haines was originally intended for Charles Hawtrey, but was re-written for Lance Percival after Hawtrey quit in a dispute with the producer over billing. See more »


At the party at the end of the movie, Sidney James is handed a message. He puts it in his pocket twice. See more »


[Captain Crowther enters his cabin, and finds Tom Tree putting clothes in the drawers]
Captain: Don't tell me. You're my new steward. Lovall has broken his leg. You've only done three trips, all from Tower Bridge to Margate.
Tom Tree: That's right, sir. How can you tell?
Captain: I'm psychic!
[Glances at his list]
Captain: Tom Tree.
Tom Tree: That's right, sir. Branches everywhere!
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Followed by Carry on Cabby (1963) See more »

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Outstanding comedy
8 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

CARRY ON CRUISING is, so far, my favourite of the CARRY ON series. Watching it, this film feels like a natural progression from the earlier black and white entries, retaining the same successful set-piece/gag rate and level of innocent charm that made those first films so endearing.

The cruise ship setting provides the perfect backdrop for the on-board antics of Sid James and co as they muddle their way through a series of increasingly hilarious hijinks. Much of the humour comes from Kenneth Connor's besotted ship's doctor and James's exasperated Captain, while Kenneth Williams lurks on the sidelines as the first officer.

The presence of other notable regulars is missed - there's no Hawtrey, Sims or Jacques here - but the film makes up for it by some alternate engaging casting choices, not least Esma Cannon's delightfully dotty old bat and Lance Percival as the seasick cook.

The success rate of the jokes is high with plenty of memorable moments, not least an impromptu table tennis match which marks the series highlight. Altogether this is a true gem of a comedy, with unforced laughs and a real wittiness to it.

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