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Carry on Cruising -- About to set sail, Captain Crowther discovers that some of his crew have been replaced by inexperienced men.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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Eric Barker (story)
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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A cheery example of the carry on formula. 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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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The film has had a "cultural influence" according to website Wikipedia. The "Haynes Technique", named after the ship's cook Wilfred Haynes (Lance Percival), involves the breaking of a large number of eggs in a large metal pot, by dropping one full them of eggs onto the ground, which is a joke in the film. The eggs are then drained to remove the egg shell parts, saving the time to have to break each egg individually.See more »
Continuity: The cruise ship docks at several ports, from Spain to Italy and North Africa. However it always moors against the same quayside with the same tree standing on it.See more »
[Haines, while looking for the kitchen, enters a small cabin]
Haines:Well, this isn't the kitchen!
Tom Tree:I should say not. It's the Captain's day cabin.
Haines:[Looks around:] Cosy, very cosy. I don't suppose you know where the kitchen is?
Tom Tree:Sorry, chum, I'm a stranger round here myself.
Haines:Another new face? You'll cop the lot!
[Haines exits]
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A cheery example of the carry on formula., 28 January 2001
Author: jase-18 from Carlisle, England

When captain Wellington Crowther (Sid James) boards his ship the S.S.Wanderer he finds several of his crew replaced by apparent incompetents. Kenneth Williams is a sarcastic know-it-all, Kenneth Connor is a love-hungry doctor, and Lance Percival plays a chef with strange ideas about cake ingredients. Soon he realises the passengers are just as loopy: tiny old dear Esma Cannon is a "mad pixie" with a passion for mixers, Ronnie Stevens plays an alcoholic who drinks himself around the world without leaving the ship's bar, and Dilys Lane is on the prowl for a man much to the annoyance of her best friend (Liz Fraser).

The replacement crew do their best to please their temporary captain, but all efforts only serve to frustrate him. When they find out this cruise is to be his last on the ship they set about organising a surprise party to make amends.

The first colour Carry On is slightly smuttier than the earlier films, an indication of things to come, and boasts a large and realistic ocean liner set. Due to obvious budgetary limitations the action doesn't leave the ship, so brief stock footage is used to establish foreign locales when the ship drops anchor.

Sid James is rather underused in his mainly straight (and non-lecherous) role as ship's captain, his trademark cackle only appearing once or twice. Kenneth Williams doesn't get to do much more, as here the talented Kenneth Connor takes centre stage. He shyly pursues Dilys Lane's husband hunting young woman, who stalks both the gym tutor and the captain before realizing the doctor's intentions. Lance Percival (a face created for comedy) amuses as the ship's chef, and Esma Cannon provides a few laughs as a dizzy pensioner.

Those who prefer the earlier Carry Ons may find this one falling between two stools, as the transition to the series' middle period is much in evidence here. As always though, it provides enough real laughs and remains as watchable and good-natured as any in the series. A good example of vintage British humour for those interested.

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