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Carry on in the Legion -- American comedian Phil Silvers joins the Carry On team for this adventure. Bo, a young English gentleman is accused of a social blunder. Rejected by the woman he loves, he enlists in the Foreign Legion and sets off for the desert.


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Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 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 legionnaire proves his mettle during an Arab attack. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lacks really sharp material but the domineering force that is Phil Silvers makes it worth seeing See more (23 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)
Elizabeth Counsell ... Harem Girl (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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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)

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Sidney James had other work commitments so could not appear in the film.See more »
Continuity: When Sergeant Knocker goes to Cork Tip's house he is wearing his medals. However when he is taken to the Oasis El Nooki he isn't wearing them. When he returns to the base after running away from his captors he is wearing them again.See more »
Simpson:You mean all these ladies are the Sheikh's wives?
Sgt. Nocker:Yes. What's so terrible about that?
Simpson:Think, all those mothers in law!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Carry on Snogging (1998) (TV)See more »


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Lacks really sharp material but the domineering force that is Phil Silvers makes it worth seeing, 23 August 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Falsely accused of foul play during a cricket match, Bo West decides the only way to find his honour again is to join the foreign legion and, with his butler, sets off to join up. On their way they meet Sgt Nocker – sleeping in a bordello just a few hours before he pretends to have been on a dangerous mission. Using this information, West and Simpson get an easy ride – however everything changes when all three of them are captured by Sheikh Abdul Abulbul. Things become more urgent when Bo discovers that his lover, Jane Ponsonby has traveled to the region to find him and has herself been captured by Abulbul.

Quite rightly, this film is on this database without its 'carry on' rider, as this was not an official Carry On film but rather one that bore enough similarity to the series to allow it to be shanghaied into the group. While it doesn't stand out as being the best of the series it is still pretty enjoyable. The plot spoofs Beau Guest very loosely and it delivers the usual smutty puns and Carry On style laughs even if the material is not as sharp as it should have been. The main reason I liked the film as much as I did was down to one main factor – Phil Silvers.

Silvers dominates the film and he gets the majority of the laughs with what is essentially a foreign legion version of his own Bilko. If anything his presence unbalances the film as the rest of the cast, talented as they are, are all in his shadow. Dale is amusing in his usual stuttering role as the slightly daffy English ponce and he is ably supported by Butterworth in a small role. Williams plays his role very well, while Hawtrey does his usual effeminate performance to good effect. Douglas is OK but Sims has far to little to do. Bresslaw, as always, has the 'ethnic' role and he has quite a few good lines along the way but the film does lack the all round cast that quite a few of the Carry On films have. The support features a tent full of gorgeous women who, rather frighteningly, include the presence of one Anita Harris – so much for wholesome!

Overall this is not one of the better Carry On films but it is still amusing and quite enjoyable, mainly due to the Bilko-esque delivery from Phil Silvers who pretty much dominates the film, certainly stealing every scene he is in. The material is not the sharpest and I missed the presence of some of the other Carry On regulars but generally this had enough in the way of laughs to justify watching if you're a Carry On fan.

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