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Eric Barker (story)
Norman Hudis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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  (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)
Jan Williams ... Passenger (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Passenger (uncredited)
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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
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
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Additional Details

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89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The phrase, "Turned out nice again", spoken by Doctor Binn after he proposes to Flo, is a catchphrase associated with English comedian, George Formby.See more »
Continuity: When the International cake is cut,the captain is given a large, triangular slice of cake.However the hole it was cut from is thin, and rectangular.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 Up the Jungle (1970)See more »


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The SS Nearly Happy Wanderer., 5 September 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Captain Wellington Crowther is bemused to find that for his 10th anniversary cruise aboard the SS Happy Wanderer, his crew consists of some newbies. Who on a first meeting with the Captain appear to be inept and destined to make a hash of the job in hand.

The Carry On movies are of course something of a British institution. Blending saucy postcard humour with slap-stick, it's a film franchise that has as many fans as it does detractors. One thing most British cinema fans can agree on is that when the series was good (Carry On Cleo) it was bona fide funny, and naturally the flip-side of that was when it was bad it was darn near desperate (Carry On England). Carry On Cruising falls somewhere in the middle.

After securing a budget of almost £150,000, director Gerald Thomas and producer Peter Rogers decided to make this film the first Carry On picture in colour. Minus franchise stalwart Charles Hawtrey (who after having an attack of star-man ego was promptly replaced by Lance Perceval), Carry On Cruising lacks a certain character dynamic that was a mainstay in the series highlights. Perceval is actually very good (it was his only Carry On appearance), but with no Joan Sims, Jim Dale, Bernard Bresslaw, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor, it's left to Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor and Sid James to carry the weight of the film. But with James in an unusually light and restrained role (Crowther), there's just not enough mirth to fully please the majority of viewers.

I've personally been in lust with both Liz Fraser and Dilys Laye since forever, but they are poor comedy substitutes for the absent buxom comedienne's mentioned prior. Both ladies, in fact all in the film are outshone by Esma Cannon who is on excellently endearing Batty Biddie form. Williams and Connor do well enough with Norman Hudis' weak, and what was to be his last Carry On screenplay, and some well put together skits just about save the film from being a stinker ((or should that be sinker?). So average at best, and not one to readily be revisited often, but with this franchise you sometimes have to take the rough with the smooth. 5.5/10

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