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Carry on Cowboy -- An hilarious romp through the bars and bedrooms of the Wild West! Sid James is on top form as the Rumpo Kid, an outlaw who shakes up the sleepy residents of Stodge City.


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Release Date:
26 November 1965 (UK) See more »
THE STAMPEDE IS ON . . . and the Carry On Gang is wanted all over the west for leaving a trail of their brand of laughter! See more »
Stodge City is in the grip of the Rumpo Kid and his gang. Mistaken identity again takes a hand as a "sanitary engineer" (plumber) by the name of Marshal P. Knutt is mistaken for a law marshal! Being the conscientious sort, Marshal tries to help the town get rid of Rumpo, and a showdown is inevitable. Marshal has two aids - revenge-seeking Annie Oakley and his sanitary expertise... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sidney James ... Johnny Finger, the Rumpo Kid
Kenneth Williams ... Judge Burke

Jim Dale ... Marshal P. Knutt
Charles Hawtrey ... Chief Big Heap
Joan Sims ... Belle Armitage
Angela Douglas ... Annie Oakley

Bernard Bresslaw ... Little Heap
Peter Butterworth ... Doc

Percy Herbert ... Charlie, the Bartender

Jon Pertwee ... Sheriff Albert Earp
Sydney Bromley ... Sam Houston
Edina Ronay ... Dolores
Lionel Murton ... Clerk
Peter Gilmore ... Henchman Curly
Davy Kaye ... Josh the Undertaker
Alan Gifford ... Commissioner
Brian Rawlinson ... Burt, Stagecoach Guard
Michael Nightingale ... Bank Manager
Simon Cain ... Short
Sally Douglas ... Kitikata
Cal McCord ... Young Ranchhand
Gary Colleano ... Henchman Slim (as Garry Colleano)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Old Ranchhand

Margaret Nolan ... Miss Jones
Tom Clegg ... Blacksmith
Larry Cross ... Perkins
Brian Coburn ... Trapper
Ballet Montparnasse ... Dancing Girls (as The Ballet Montparnasse)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andrea Allan ... Minnie (uncredited)
Tommy Atkins ... Rider (uncredited)
Pat Baker ... Rider (uncredited)
Gerald Barnes ... Rider (uncredited)
Bernard Barnsley ... Rider (uncredited)
Douglas Bates ... Rider (uncredited)
Kid Berg ... Rider (uncredited)
Gloria Best ... Bridget (uncredited)
David Birks ... Rider (uncredited)
Brian Bowes ... Rider (uncredited)
Bill Brandon ... 1st Horseman (uncredited)
Tim Condren ... Rider (uncredited)
Billy Cornelius ... 2nd Horseman (uncredited)
Bill Cummings ... Rider (uncredited)
Jack Curran ... Rider (uncredited)
Barry De Boulay ... Rider (uncredited)
Billy Dean ... Rider (uncredited)
Carmen Dene ... Mexican Girl (uncredited)
Reg Dent ... Rider (uncredited)
John Dick ... Rider (uncredited)
Dennis Dillon ... Rider (uncredited)
Mick Dillon ... Rider (uncredited)
Patrick Durkin ... Man (uncredited)
Brian Edwards ... Rider (uncredited)
Steve Emerson ... Rider (uncredited)
Ray Ford ... Rider (uncredited)
Hal Galili ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Reg Harding ... Rider (uncredited)
Tony Jossa ... Rider (uncredited)
Philip Joste ... Rider (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Townsman (uncredited)
Anthony Leon ... Rider (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge ... Rider (uncredited)
Eddie Long ... Rider (uncredited)
Norman Mann ... Rider (uncredited)
John McArdle ... Rider (uncredited)
Vince Mooney ... Rider (uncredited)
Bill Morgan ... Rider (uncredited)
Richard Morgan ... Rider (uncredited)
George Mossman ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
David Munt ... Rider (uncredited)
Peter Munt ... Rider (uncredited)
Dave Newman ... Rider (uncredited)
Raymond Novak ... Rider (uncredited)

Richard O'Brien ... Rider (uncredited)
Derek Pitton ... Rider (uncredited)
Peter Pocock ... Rider (uncredited)
Charles Price ... Rider (uncredited)
Michael Reeves ... Rider (uncredited)
Tommy Reeves ... Rider (uncredited)
Trevor Roberts ... Rider (uncredited)
Tony Robinson ... Rider (uncredited)
Eric Rogers ... Saloon Pianist (uncredited)
Johnny Scripps ... Rider (uncredited)
Richard Smith ... Rider (uncredited)
Vicki Smith ... Polly (uncredited)
Norman Stanley ... Drunk (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ... 3rd Horseman (uncredited)
Roy Street ... Rider (uncredited)
Chris Taylor ... Rider (uncredited)
Jeremy Taylor ... Master of Horse (uncredited)
Lisa Thomas ... Sally (uncredited)
Donna White ... Jenny (uncredited)
Les White ... Rider (uncredited)
Dave Wilding ... Rider (uncredited)
Audrey Wilson ... Jane (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Writing credits
Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)

Produced by
Frank Bevis .... associate producer
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Rogers 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rod Nelson-Keys  (as Rod Keys)
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Bert Davey 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey 
Makeup Department
Stella Rivers .... hairdressing
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist (as Geoff Rodway)
Production Management
Ron Jackson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bolton .... assistant director
Patrick O'Brien .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Alexander .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Jim Groom .... sound editor
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist
Alan Kane .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Vivian Temple-Smith .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roy Field .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kid Berg .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
David James .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Smith .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Malcolm Vinson .... focus puller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jack Gardner .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Selwyn Petterson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Rogers .... conductor
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Jeremy Taylor .... master of horse
Joy Bayley .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | West Germany:12

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Kenneth Williams based his vocal delivery on old-time comedy producer Hal RoachSee more »
Anachronisms: Towns in the "old west" didn't have sewer systems and certainly no manhole covers.See more »
Commissioner:Send him a Marshall. Anything for peace.
Perkins:That's just the trouble, sir. We haven't any available.
Commissioner:Nobody? What about that big head who's always hanging around here looking for work? What's his name? Dillon. What's he doing?
Perkins:Six months.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs High Noon (1952)See more »
This is the Night for LoveSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A different critter among Carry Ons, 20 December 2007
Author: Oct ( from London, England

The theme of the tenderfoot pitched into the Wild West and cleaning it up was old by the time England's merry Pinewood pranksters tackled it.

In a sense, that is the history of the USA in a nutshell: disciplining the wilderness with the aid of the greenhorn's civilisation. "Destry Rides Again" and "The Paleface" had made a joke of the epic long since-- safe to do so once the frontier was closed and tamed-- and not long before, Britain's Kenneth More had visited Hollywood to play the Limey sheriff of Fractured Jaw. Mel Brooks would go over the old ground in "Blazing Saddles" and John Cleese would uphold the law in "Silverado".

Enter Jim Dale as the 1966-vintage innocent abroad: a sanitary engineer (first class), mistaken for the US marshal who can rid Stodge City of the baleful reign of terror of the Rumpo Kid. ("Rumpo" is an obsolescent Britishism for Sid James's favourite activity-- cf "tiffin" in "Carry On... Up the Khyber".) Abetted or hindered by a corruptible judge, a saloon madame, a drunken Indian, a whiskery and wheezy old Confederate colonel, a six-gun-totin' Annie Oakley and other stock figures from generations of fleapit oaters, P. Knutt does his best and worst.

Scriptwriter Talbot Rothwell was now well launched on the great period of Britain's most successful and durable film comedies. Historical spoofs inspired Rothwell: Cleo, Screaming, Khyber. This one is a little different, and perhaps falls a little short.

Attention to detail extends beyond the sets and mounting of the production, which always belied Carry On's "low budget" tag: the accents and horsemanship are more than adequate, the body language in the crowd scenes accurate enough to be mistaken for a Randolph Scott or Audie Murphy vehicle, and apart from Hawtrey (who is funnier for not trying to be anything but himself) the principals, like the script, stay firmly in the roles as written.

This Carry On eschews anachronistic and topical gags as well as calculated flaunting of its cheapness. It lacks some of the more incongruous belly laughs and double entendres we expect from Rothwell-- although "bullocks", to be reiterated in Khyber, are harnessed here already. Babs Windsor, who turned everything into a cockney music hall romp, is replaced by the more actressy and straightforwardly glamorous Angela Douglas; Kenneth Williams depicts an old man for once, with no epicene overtones; Sid, who had often played Yanks, is conscientious about remaining in character. He does not lean as much as usual on his dirty laugh or "cor blimey", more on a priapic snorting.

There is more action, less slapstick. Future stalwarts Butterworth and Bresslaw make their bows, and have not yet established themselves enough to be given a lot of personally tailored business. Running gags are displaced for plot twists. In short, this is one Carry On that leans on story and consistency more than on a string of harking-backs, catchphrases and skits to carry it through.

However, there are plenty of pleasures, if also some sadness in seeing Joan Sims take a back seat to the younger glamour girls, becoming the "old bag" before Sid's very eyes. Rothwell, instead of raiding his bag of old chestnuts, comes up with some lovely fresh ones such as Judge Burke assuring Knutt that some of his best friends were lynched- "there ain't no stigma to it out here".

Above all, though, this is where Sid decisively became the tentpole of the series-- in Cleo he had still contested with Williams for the limelight.

Like the best screen comedians and horror stars such as Karloff, Sid can command attention without being varied in his parts or versatile in his effects; he is a very limited actor who can make his repeated schticks and tricks funnier and funnier with repetition. He is the British cinema's Lord of Misrule; it's impossible to imagine that ageing, knowing rogue playing a depressed type, failing to lift a film or not cheering up an audience. He is a life force, and when he accepted he was too old to chase skirt on the Carry Ons, they could never be the same again.

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