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Carry on Cruising -- About to set sail, Captain Crowther discovers that some of his crew have been replaced by inexperienced men. Like the doctor who has never sailed; the cook who can't cook; the steward who doesn't know how to mix a drink.


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Norman Hudis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 April 1962 (UK) See more »
That Carry On crew in a luxury laughter cruise!
Captain Crowther's lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pretty basic stuff but amusing without being overly crude See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sidney James ... Captain Wellington Crowther
Kenneth Williams ... First Officer Leonard Marjoribanks

Kenneth Connor ... Doctor Arthur Binn
Liz Fraser ... Glad Trimble
Dilys Laye ... Florence 'Flo' Castle
Esma Cannon ... Bridget Madderley
Lance Percival ... Wilfred Haines, Ship's Cook
Jimmy Thompson ... Sam Turner, Barman
Ronnie Stevens ... Drunk Passenger
Vincent Ball ... Jenkins
Cyril Chamberlain ... Tom Tree, Steward
Willoughby Goddard ... Large Man
Ed Devereaux ... Young Officer
Brian Rawlinson ... Nervous Steward
Anton Rodgers ... Young Man
Anthony Sagar ... Cook
Terence Holland
Mario Fabrizi ... Second Cook
Marian Collins ... Bride
Jill Mai Meredith ... Shapely Miss
Alan Casley ... Sailor
Evan David ... Bridegroom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Cardinali ... Dr. Arthur Binn (singing voice) (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Passenger (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Mrs. Lewis (uncredited)
Reg Thomason ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jan Williams ... Passenger (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Ralph Thomas (uncredited)
Writing credits
Eric Barker (story)

Norman Hudis (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley 
Bruce Montgomery 
Eric Rogers (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Alan Hume (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Casting by
Betty White 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Biddy Chrystal .... hairdressing
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist (as Geoff Rodway)
Production Management
William Hill .... production manager (as Bill Hill)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Jim Brennan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Simon Relph .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert W. Laing .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jim Morahan .... draughtsperson (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
Archie Ludski .... sound editor
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist
Arthur Ridout .... sound editor
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Keith Peacock .... stunt personnel (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... musical director
Bruce Montgomery .... musical director
Other crew
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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  • P & O - Orient Lines  the producers wish to acknowledge with grateful thanks the kind assistance of, in the making of this film
  • Silhouette  beachwear for Miss Fraser and Miss Laye by

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89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Sixth "Carry On" movie in the British comedy film franchise series.See more »
Continuity: When Esma Cannon is at the table tennis table, Kenneth Williams walks down the steps to the table twice.See more »
Marjoribanks:I always find the first few days make me feel quite drowsy.
Captain:Shut your port-hole.
Marjoribanks:Begging your pardon, sir, one must have fresh...
Captain:...and your cake-hole.
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Pretty basic stuff but amusing without being overly crude, 21 June 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

After a long and distinguished career on the ocean wave, Captain Wellington Crowther is on his last voyage as captain of an ocean liner when he learns that five of his usual crew are unavailable. With the short notice, Crowther is forced to take whomever he can get to act as replacements and ends up with a group of some of the most unseaworthy sailors he has ever seen. Mind you – they fit right in with the passengers who include several women hunting husbands, a serial drunk and a flirty old woman.

The Carry On films are hardly the height of comedy at the best of times but in this entry they seem content to just find the middle ground and settle of an average comedy with few highs but few lows either. The plot sees the usual collection of innuendo and physical humour placed onto an ocean liner but basically just doing the same stuff they do in all the other films. The plot is not as good as the best of the series and is far too thin to really support a film of any substance but, luckily, this is not a film of any substance! Therefore we have a collection of romantic misunderstandings and aspirations that barely manage to set up enough opportunities for joking. This is not a massive problem of course, because there really aren't that many clever, witting or imaginative jokes, scenes of lines (maybe a handful at best). I was amused but I rarely laughed out loud even once and it was only a spattering of funny lines that made the film worth seeing. The one thing I did appreciate about the film was that it was almost totally lacking the lazy and obvious crude humour that can often date the Carry On films very badly.

With little material to really work with, the cast are left to just try their best. James doesn't get much to do apart from look annoyed by the various clowns in his service. Williams is his usual camp self and is blessed with a great character name (Marjoribanks). Connor doesn't have that much to do in terms of laughs and is left carrying much of the plot himself – and in fairness he does his best with it. Fraser and Laye are hardly the best looking women in the world but they are flirty and quite sexy in a 1960's type of way. The rest of the cast are OK but mostly just clown around – a few Carry On faces are there but the absentees make more of an impact that those that are present.

Overall this is an OK film but it is far from the high points of the Carry On series (although happily far from the lows either). The jokes are mostly basic and involve physical clowning or innuendo and it is unlikely you'll get any big laughs out of it even if you're amused for most of the time. Fans of Carry On films will like it but the rest of us should stick with the acknowledged 'greats' from the series.

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