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Carry On... Up the Khyber -- Perhaps the finest moment form the Carry On team... India, 1895 and the British colonials rule. The natives are ready to revolt, prevented from acting only by fear of Britain's famous 'Devils in Skirts', the Scottish regiment protecting the Khyber pass.


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Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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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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The British take on the British Take of India, and how India Took it Back, sort off. See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order)
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:
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)
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)
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)
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
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound 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)
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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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?

Princess Margaret visited the set during filming, she was shown a clip which includes the scene in which Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond writes to Queen Victoria, in which Sir Sidney says "Dear Vicky". Princess Margaret was said to be furious about this joke.See more »
Anachronisms: The film is set in 1895. When dictating a letter to Queen Victoria, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond adds "PS, Love to Albert". Prince Albert, Victoria's husband, died in 1861, 34 years before the film's events supposedly take place.See more »
Sergeant-Major MacNutt:[McNutt and Widdle are staying behind at the pass to give the others time to retreat] We don't fire until we see the whites of their eyes
Private Jimmy Widdle:I can see that that one has red eyes
Sergeant-Major MacNutt:That'll do...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Can We Carry On, Girls? (2001) (TV)See more »
Cock o' the NorthSee more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The British take on the British Take of India, and how India Took it Back, sort off., 31 January 2006
Author: Cinema_Fan from An English Shire.

As with glass, you can see straight through this movie, for what it is. Hilarious and witty, as is the talent of this huge Classic British Comedy Team.

Come on, you know deep down, they couldn't resist making a movie that rhymed with "Khyber Pass".

What a wonderful awry of comical satire and self-ridicule that Khyber Pass is. This, 1968, typical nostalgia trip from the Great Carry On team has bought us the usual Cast. We see Sidney James, as Sir Sidney-Rough Diamond and the beautiful Joan Sims as his torturous wife, Lady Joan Rough-Diamond, the very intelligent Kenneth Williams as the Rhandi Lal, the Khasi of Kalabar. Here, personally, I think that this is Bernard Bresslaw's, as Bungdit Din, best performance, his last Carry On was 1975's Carry On Behind, he passed away in June 1993, aged 59.

Without wanting to give too much away here, for you have to see Up the Khyber to appreciate the delivery of the script, ad libbing and comic simplicity that is Up the Khyber, which, excuse the pun here, carries itself off very well. Too much forewarning will only dilute the movies hilarious gags.

Not seeing Up the Khyber for many years, it was really a pleasant surprise, forgetting just how funny it is, and the combination, and their delivery, of the names of the characters. Lets face it; the absurd and totally ridiculous names of these characters are what truly make this movie.

This movie contains one of the most obvious (non) location doubles that I have ever seen. Since when has the real Khyber Pass in India looked like the green rolling hills of Wales, I mean, it's a five bar gate along a rocky green path running up Mount Snowdonia, they even put a tiny wooden sign on top, saying, "Please shut the gate". The Extras, seen at the Khyber Pass, who are dressed as local "natives" look like locals that have been paid to wear Turbans for the day, and the make up department haven't even applied make up. If it were not so funny, then it just would not be the Carry On it is. You just know too, that they must have had a great laugh trying to pull this one off. Pure admiration.

This movie shouldn't be passed over; it really is one of the best, where as Carry On Screaming was the better Produced, this is better scripted.

There is Glass and there are Diamonds, this is a Diamond of a movie.


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