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Release Date:
September 1967 (UK) See more »
You'll laugh up a (sand) storm when the "Carry-On" Gang invade the Sa(her)a See more »
A bogus legionaire proves his mettle during an arab attack. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Uneasy entry in the long-running series See more (18 total) »


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Phil Silvers ... Sergeant Nocker
Kenneth Williams ... Commandant Maximilian Burger

Jim Dale ... Bertram Oliphant 'Bo' West
Charles Hawtrey ... Captain Le Pice
Joan Sims ... Zig-Zig
Angela Douglas ... Lady Jane Ponsonby
Peter Butterworth ... Simpson

Bernard Bresslaw ... Sheikh Abdul Abulbul
Anita Harris ... Corktip

John Bluthal ... Corporal Clotski
William Mervyn ... Sir Cyril Ponsonby
Peter Gilmore ... Captain Humphrey Bagshaw

Julian Holloway ... Ticket Collector
Larry Taylor ... Riff
William Hurndell ... Raff
David Glover ... Hotel Manager
Julian Orchard ... Doctor
Vincent Ball ... Ship's Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Jesson ... Lawrence (scenes deleted)
Simon Cain ... Riff at Abdul's Tent (uncredited)
Dominique Don ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Sally Douglas ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Legionnaire Soldier (uncredited)
Gina Gianelli ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Angela Grant ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Helga Jones ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Harold Kasket ... Hotel Gentleman (uncredited)
Gertan Klauber ... Algerian Spiv (uncredited)
Margot Maxine ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Michael McStay ... Wicketkeeper (uncredited)
Ricardo Montez ... Riff at Abdul's Tent (uncredited)
Michael Nightingale ... Nightingale the Butler (uncredited)
Zorenah Osborne ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Edmund Pegge ... Bowler (uncredited)
Anne Scott ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Frank Singuineau ... Riff at Abdul's Tent (uncredited)
Carol Sloan ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Patsy Snell ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Gina Warwick ... Harem Girl (uncredited)
Karen Young ... Harem Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Writing credits
Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Rogers 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alfred Roome 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
Costume Design by
Emma Selby-Walker 
Makeup Department
Stella Rivers .... hairdresser
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Swinburne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
Wally Nelson .... dubbing editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hall .... camera operator
Martin Body .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jack Gardner .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Rogers .... conductor
Other crew
Terence A. Clegg .... location manager (as Terry Clegg)
Joy Mercer .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Follow That Camel" - UK (original title)
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95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2000) (2003)

Did You Know?

Phil Silvers replaced Sidney James in the role of Sergeant Nocker which had been originally written for James who could not star due to commitments on "George and the Dragon" (1966). About two weeks into filming, James suffered a mild heart attack anyway, on 13th May 1967.See more »
Continuity: Zig Zig tells Knocker that Corktip wants to see him in the back room without being told by anyone.See more »
Commandant Burger:Are you taking Le Pice?
Sgt. Nocker:Please sir, I'm trying to ask a serious question.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Carry on Snogging (1998) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Uneasy entry in the long-running series, 23 January 2005
Author: Libretio


Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Sound format: Mono

When his reputation is compromised during a routine game of cricket, an English nobleman (Jim Dale) joins the French Foreign Legion and gets mixed up with a lecherous sergeant (Phil Silvers) and an Arab uprising.

The first of two entries not to use "Carry On" in its title due to political fall-out from a change of distributor, this lumpy concoction features Silvers in a role originally intended for Sid James (producers had even considered Woody Allen, hoping an American star would help them crack the elusive US market), and while Silvers holds his own amongst an impressive ensemble cast, he seems out of place in a movie steeped in British traditions and sensibilities. Like everyone else, however, he's constantly upstaged by Kenneth Williams as the nostril-flaring German commandant at the Saharan garrison where Dale is stationed with his faithful valet (Peter Butterworth), though by this stage in the "Carry On" series, Williams' dominance of proceedings had become pretty much par for the course. Talbot Rothwell's script is long on plot and short on gags, though a couple of fruity nuggets hit the target (when heroine Angela Douglas proposes venturing onto the streets of a Middle Eastern village after dark, dismissing the possibility of being kidnapped and ravished among the sand dunes by a rampant tribesman, Williams reminds her of an old Arab proverb: "There's many a good fiddle played on an old dune!"). The screenplay also pokes fun at upper-class British twittery (Dale is quite superb as the clueless aristo, completely at odds with his surroundings), which minimises any offence caused by some broad Arab stereotypes, and Bernard Bresslaw hams it up as a villainous bedouin whose only allegiance is to the mythical 'Mustafa Leek'! For some strange reason, the magnificent Joan Sims is wasted as the owner of a small cafe where much of the film's action unfolds.

Filmed in the wilds of Camber Sands, Sussex (!), the movie's low budget production values are bolstered by an ultra-professional production team (cinematographer Alan Hume would later work on a number of British-lensed blockbusters, including the Bond movies), but while Gerald Thomas' direction is as efficient as ever, the film is amusing rather than laugh-out-loud funny (one gets the impression Rothwell's heart wasn't in it). For the first and only time in "Carry On" history, Silvers gets top billing over all the other actors (producer Peter Rogers always claimed the "Carry On" title was bigger than any of its stars), which must have galled some of the regular players. In fact, the principals were all wary of Silvers' presence, and Williams was particularly vocal in his opposition to the US stars' use of written prompts, causing tension on the set. To his credit, once Silvers became aware of this problem, he abandoned the prompts and memorised his dialogue, earning him the respect of his co-stars, including Williams. Though fun in its own way, the movie pales in comparison with the following "Carry On" entry, DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD (1967), an uproarious parody of the French Revolution.

NB. Though often billed as 'Carry On Follow That Camel' and 'Carry On Don't Lose Your Head', neither film has ever been screened under those titles.

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