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Carry on Spying (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  June 1964 (UK)
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A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Williams ...
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Charles Hawtrey ...
Eric Barker ...
The Chief
Dilys Laye ...
Lila
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Richard Wattis ...
Cobley
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The Fat Man
Victor Maddern ...
Judith Furse ...
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Head Waiter / Doctor Crow - voice
Renee Houston ...
Madame
Jack Taylor ...
Thug
Tom Clegg ...
Doorman
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A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man, Dr Milchman and Dr Crow! Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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agent | villain | gadget | formula | top secret | See more »

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Cloak And Dagger Operations Exposed. Secret Agent Charlie Bind O.O.O.H! Takes The Lid Off The Funniest Spy Story Of The Year! [Australian Daybill Movie Poster] See more »

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June 1964 (UK)  »

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The voice of Doctor Crow is provided by John Bluthal. See more »

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When they are trying to escape the S.T.E.N.C.H HQ, Kenneth Williams drops one of the two spools of tape. The scene cuts away for a few seconds and when it shows them again all of the tape has been collected up and both spools are back in his hands. See more »

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[Simpkins demonstrates how to draw his gun from a holster inside his jacket]
Desmond Simpkins: All ready to get off a slick draw like that.
Daphne Honeybutt aka Agent Brown Cow: Oh, Mr. Simpkins, that was wonderful. I'm sure I'll never get *my* drawers off as slickly as that.
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Follows Carry on Jack (1963) See more »

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"Greenslevees' (uncredited)
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Played by Harold Crump as he charms the snake
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Like the first Carry On films – simple and light fun
4 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the evil forces of STENCH strike at a British research laboratory they get away with a top secret chemical formula. With the British agents spread thin across the world, The Chief has very few options open to him to follow up the lead into the mysterious Milchmann who led the attack. The Chief scraps the bottom of the barrel and comes up with Simkins – probably one of his worst agents. Assigning Simkins with a handful of trainee agents – Crump, Honeybutt and Bind – the ragtag band set off to meet up with Agent Carstairs in Vienna.

Despite being made in the mid-sixties this Carry On film has more in common with those made early in the series (Teacher and Sergeant) more than it does with those made around the same time as it (Jack, Cruising, Cowboy). It is not just the black and white that made me think this but also the fact that the humour seems fresher and slicker than the heavy innuendo and crudity of the later films. Others have said this has more in common with Ealing than Carry On – they are wrong, but I can see what they mean because the light spy spoof is very much an early Carry On. The material isn't great though but it does produce easy and obvious comedy and those looking to just to fill a wet Sunday afternoon.

The cast make a big difference even though not all the regulars are present. Williams and Hawtrey are the most fun as both play up their camp characters to good effect – they both get the best lines as well. Windsor is pretty good as she isn't just used as an object. Cribbins was pretty dull I thought but Dale was good value in a small role. Additional support from Barker, Laye and a few others all helps. Overall a Carry On like they first made them; not brilliant but light fun.


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