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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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"I haven't ridden in cars pulled by cows before" "Bullocks, Mr.Belcher" "No, I haven't, honestly". See more (35 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)
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)
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)

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In the dinner scene, the cast was served ham and boiled potatoes.See more »
Continuity: Brother Belcher can be seen walking past the gates. Then he gets a bullet that flies out of nowhere. When the bullet hits his hat, the hat shoots upward and out of shot. In the wide shot of all the gates and the walls, there is no sign of his hat.See more »
Lady Joan Ruff-Diamond:[watching polo game] Ooh, I say! He did not 'alf crack that one, did he not?
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond:Dearest, if you can't express yourself in more elegant terms, kindly shut your cakehole
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006) (TV)See more »
Cock o' the NorthSee more »


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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
"I haven't ridden in cars pulled by cows before" "Bullocks, Mr.Belcher" "No, I haven't, honestly"., 26 March 2000
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

Subtitled "The British Position In India", I was recommended to see this film by my friend Rav, who reportedly "busts a gut" every time he see Kenneth Williams in blackface and turban. I was pleased to have seen it on recommendation as it made me feel less guilty about viewing a Carry On that is vested not only with the usual quota of bawdy sexism, but also a generous dollop of racial stereotyping.

Yet despite it all, Carry On Up The Khyber still manages to be a very funny film. I can't claim to have seen the entire series (this was the 16th of 30 movies), but what I have seen leads me to cite this as probably the best. Produced at a time when Britain still had a significant film industry, the picture is allowed to play out without any of the desperate mugging and over-emphasised pauses that punctuate the majority of contemporary English comedy movies (including, ironically, Carry On Columbus, the ill-advised 1992 "comeback").

Khyber is relaxed because it knew it had a ready-made audience, and the humour also works because it is self-aware. Desperately cheesy lines (such as Peter Butterworth saying "What pretty earrings... are they rubies?", only to be met with "No, they're mine") are delivered shamelessly, and with a timing that acknowledges how truly awful some of the one-liners are.

Occasionally there is a line that plays to a higher audience, such as Kenneth Williams yelling at a man banging a gong: "I do wish you wouldn't keep doing that... Rank stupidity". There's also some slight political references to the famous slogan "I'm Backing Britain" and mention of the British being used to cuts, though I'm afraid I'm far too young to know what these are directly referring to. Generally, though, the humour is a series of puns on the word "Khazi" and rejoinders such as Sid James and Williams: "I'd even go so far as to say you're a bit of a shot". "Well, I hope I heard you correctly".

Even so, the humour, particularly constant attempts to nearly-ape the "f" word, did cause problems with the censor. In particular Bunghit Din's (my favourite Carry On member, the underrated Bernard Bresslaw) hilarious line of "Fakir - off!" was ordered to be reshot with an additional pause between the two words.

The rapid-fire pace of the gags mean that infrequent clunkers (such as Joan Simms attempting the old "call me an elephant" - "okay, you're an elephant" line, ancient even by Carry On standards) are quickly forgotten in the wealth of material. Superbly directed as well, particularly the closing scenes where the British (who are lampooned as much - if not more so - than their opponents) keep a stiff upper lip during bombardment.

The whole plot is, of course, absolutely ludicrous, suggesting that the final days of the Raj came about when a British regiment was discovered wearing underpants. The whole thing is the sort of film that would never be made nowadays, which is in many ways a good thing, yet there is a certain knowingness behind the eyes of the actors that keep it from dating.

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