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Release Date:
12 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Gales of laughter as the wind blows up the Khyber and the kilts of the 'Carry On' army! [Australia theatrical] See more »
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sidney James ... Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond

Kenneth Williams ... The Khasi of Kalabar
Charles Hawtrey ... Pte. James Widdle

Roy Castle ... Capt. Keene
Joan Sims ... Lady Ruff-Diamond

Bernard Bresslaw ... Bungdit Din
Peter Butterworth ... Brother Belcher
Terry Scott ... Sgt. Major Macnutt
Angela Douglas ... Princess Jelhi
Cardew Robinson ... The Fakir

Julian Holloway ... Major Shorthouse
Peter Gilmore ... Private Ginger Hale
Leon Thau ... Stinghi

Wanda Ventham ... Khasi's First Wife
Alexandra Dane ... Busti

Michael Mellinger ... Chindi
Dominique Don ... Macnutt's Lure

Derek Sydney ... Major Domo (as Derek Sidney)

Steven Scott ... Burpa Guard
David Spenser ... Bungdit Din's Servant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Adcock ... Burpa (uncredited)

Patrick Allen ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Josephine Blain ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)
Denis Bond ... Burpa in Crowd (uncredited)
Johnny Briggs ... Sporran Soldier (uncredited)
Simon Cain ... Bagpipes Soldier (uncredited)
June Cooper ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)
Ann Curthoys ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)
Carmen Dene ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)
Anthony Dutton ... Burpa (uncredited)

Eve Eden ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Barbara Evans ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Burpa (uncredited)
Liz Gold ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Angela Grant ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)

John Hallam ... Burpa on Rooftop (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Burpa (uncredited)
Katherina Holden ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Indian Boy (uncredited)

Valerie Leon ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Polo Match Spectator (uncredited)
Tamsin MacDonald ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Alf Mangan ... Burpa (uncredited)

Anthony May ... Sporron Soldier (uncredited)
Vicki Murden ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)
Lisa Noble ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Dinny Powell ... Burpa in Crowd (uncredited)
Anne Scott ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)

Larry Taylor ... Burpa at Door-Grid (uncredited)
Sue Vaughan ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)

Patrick Westwood ... Burpa in Crowd (uncredited)
Vicki Woolf ... Khasi's Wife (uncredited)
Karen Young ... Hospitality Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Writing credits
Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)

Larry  additional material (uncredited)

Produced by
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Rogers 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alfred Roome 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
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
Peter Weingreen .... assistant director
Ivor Powell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
Freda Pearson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
R.T. Macphee .... sound recordist (as R. MacPhee)
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor
Charles Arnold .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator
Neil Binney .... camera operator: Khyber location
H.A.R. Thomson .... director of photography: Khyber location
Keith Blake .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Steve Claydon .... focus puller (uncredited)
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred Graver .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jack Gardner .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Rogers .... conductor
Other crew
Larry .... title sketches
Yvonne Richards .... continuity
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity (uncredited)
Julie Mendez .... choreographer (uncredited)
Jean White .... production secretary (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Carry On... Up the Khyber Pass" - International (English title) (informal title)
"Carry on Up the Khyber" - International (English title) (poster title)
"Carry on Up the Khyber Pass" - International (English title) (informal title)
"Up the Khyber" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"Up the Khyber Pass" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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88 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:0 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2001) (2003)

Did You Know?

Tommy Cooper was originally asked to play the role of the Fakir but he was unavailable. Cardew Robinson was then cast in the role.See more »
Continuity: When everybody sits down to dinner during the battle at the end, a part of the ceiling collapses and the dust falls on Sid's right shoulder. The dust mark changes size throughout the dinner scene.See more »
[the Khasi's soldiers are fleeing from the kilt-lifted Third Foot and Mouth regiment]
The Khasi of Kalabar:What are you running from? There's nothing to be afraid of
[turns to look at the exposed regiment]
The Khasi of Kalabar:Ooh, I dunno though!
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Rule, Britannia!See more »


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Magnificently Vulgar, 3 May 2006
Author: BJJManchester from United Kingdom

This is now generally regarded as the best CARRY ON movie which,in retrospect,may not be saying that much.On the other hand,there seems to be an increasing fondness here in Britain(and perhaps even the US)for the series' persistent innuendo,cheerful vulgarity,slapstick corn,and venerable comic performers(most of whom are sadly long since gone) now nearly four decades after it's peak.Compared with much cinema gross-out humour today(as typified by the Farrelly Brothers in the US,with the UK's SEX LIVES OF THE POTATO MEN not far behind,perhaps literally!),the CARRY ON style of fun with it's saucy double entendres virtually present in every line seems oddly charming and innocent when in previous generations appeared as crude and tasteless,certainly to many weary film critics of the time.It could come across as witless and repetitive,as it certainly did in the later CARRY ON's of the 1970's(when the series finally finished),but despite the relentless puns on view here,UP THE KHYBER executes them all with an unexpected style,panache and energy,with arguably the entire series' most memorable visual gags and genuinely funny verbal one-liners.

The talented comedians on view,Sid James,Kenneth Williams,Peter Butterworth,Joan Sims,Terry Scott,Charles Hawtrey,Bernard Bresslaw,etc. are all on fine comic form throughout,handling the timing with considerable aplomb,with the farcical plot(the film's only negative point;it is never subtle,and it's attempts at satire are fleeting to say the least,probably very deliberately)about colonial conflict in India caused by British 'Devils in Skirts' not turning out in underwear oddly seeming to work rather well.It has great confidence and courage in it's convictions,and some lines and ideas("Gone For Tiffin","Fakir,Off!!",the 'Arsitarsi' tribe),and especially the dining room sequence(perhaps the funniest in the series' entire history)are the very best examples of typical lowbrow British humour.

Even the production values seem above average for the CARRY ON's,admittedly streamlined but still fairly elaborate and convincing,only faltering in it's actual depiction of the Khyber Pass itself,which is actually Snowdonia in North Wales.The film's very non-PC racial stereotyping and impersonation could be a problem for some,but may in fact add a certain extra period charm.

UP THE KHYBER represents CARRY ON humour at it's peak,preceded as it was by some of the other best efforts in the series(CLEO,SCREAMING,DOCTOR).With the arrival of the 70's,the CARRY ON's went into gradual decline from around 1973,ending in EMMANUELLE in 1978,generally recognised as the worst,before the critically-derided COLUMBUS emerged in 1992.UP THE KHYBER,however,shows us how amusing the series could be at it's best.

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