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Carry on Cowboy -- The 11th film in the long-running Carry On series tells the story of Marshal P. Knutt, a plumber mistaken for a real marshal. As the Rumpo Kid terrorizes Stodge City, the citizens look to Marshal for help, and he tries his darnedest to help the town.
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:
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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CARRY ON COWBOY (Gerald Thomas, 1965) *** See more (23 total) »


  (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)
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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The main street has a turn at each end to disguise the fact that there was no wild prairie at PinewoodSee more »
Anachronisms: A snatch of 'America the Beautiful' is heard, but this song was first published many years after the setting of the film.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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
CARRY ON COWBOY (Gerald Thomas, 1965) ***, 12 January 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is not only one of the best sustained efforts from the “Carry On” crew but a classic film in its own right. I had mentioned it as a rare example of a British Western spoof when I recently watched THE FROZEN LIMITS (1939) with The Crazy Gang; incidentally, the film’s style is pretty close to that of BLAZING SADDLES (1974) – but it actually anticipates Mel Brooks by almost a decade!

There are so many inspired gags in this outing (right from the opening sequence with the black-clad Rumpo Kid arriving in town and immediately gunning down three men, only to then ask himself “I wonder what they wanted?”) that it’s hard to remember them all – even a mere couple of hours later. Notable, however, is the merciless lampoon of the Wyatt Earp legend by making its namesake here (played by soon-to-be Dr. Who Jon Pertwee) – and whom the Mayor even addresses as Twerp – completely useless, being both short-sighted and hard of hearing!

The “Carry On” stalwarts are in top form, foremost among them Sidney James (as the afore-mentioned Rumpo Kid, amiable outlaw leader – in urgent need of cash at the saloon, he excuses himself to casually hold-up the bank situated just opposite!), Kenneth Williams (as the Mayor of Stodge City – reportedly, he lifted his American accent from legendary comedy producer Hal Roach), Jim Dale (as Marshall P. Knutt, a sanitary engineer mistaken for the new sheriff because of his name!), Charles Hawtrey (as the unlikeliest Indian Chief ever – he’s actually introduced emerging from a tepee-cum-lavatory!) and Joan Sims (as the traditionally sultry saloon hostess); besides, Angela Douglas (who subsequently appeared in three more “Carry Ons” and would later become Mrs. Kenneth More!) – playing the real-life Annie Oakley – makes for an extremely charming gun-toting heroine.

The last third of the film turns into a spoof on the seminal HIGH NOON (1952) – with Dale left to face James and his gang alone in a delightful, and most original, climax. Incidentally, the sheriff’s heroic resistance of a stagecoach raid by Hawtrey’s Indian warriors (ending with James – who engineered it – disappointingly quipping, “I’ve met braver cowards than you braves!”) was actually the work of Douglas i.e. in the vein of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962); Dale’s subsequent awkward coaching in the handling of firearms, then, is hilarious. Another influence from classic Westerns is in the catfight between Sims and Douglas – in this case drawing on DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939).

While CARRY ON COWBOY’s send-up of a popular genre easily makes it one of the gang’s best-known entries, I was surprised to learn that it’s not held in highest regard by even staunch fans of the series – such as the people behind the official “Carry On” website, citing its (deliberate) lack of authenticity as a major drawback; I couldn’t disagree more since, to my mind, the level of humor and ingenuity displayed throughout is soaring indeed for this erratic (and idiosyncratically crude) brand-name...

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