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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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Not at all my little desert flower, the British are used to cuts! 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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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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Joan Sims wore a body stocking during the dance scene due to her own concerns about her weight.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 »
Captain Keene:[news of the native revolt arrives] What do you intend to do, sir?
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond:Do? Do? We're British. We won't do anything...
Major Shorthouse:...until it's too late.
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond:Exactly. That's the first sensible thing you've said all day.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not at all my little desert flower, the British are used to cuts!, 5 October 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Disaster strikes in the Raj when it's revealed that the famed British Devils In Skirts who occupy India, wear underpants under their kilts. The absence of which was something that kept the natives living in fear.

Awards and high praise for the "Carry On" franchise is like a dog that speaks Irdu, extremely rare. Granted, few of them rise above "titter me this madame" like comedy, and some are not fit to be used as coasters. But look inside this 31 film run and you find a handful of gems, a couple of which are fit to be on any list of Great British comedies from the 60s. One such film is Carry On Up The Kyber, which arguably is the best of the bunch. Directed and written by the usual Thomas/Rothwell team, Up The Kyber is a genuinely funny, knowing and original comedy.

It's pretty much a given that the best "Carry On's" were the costume spoofers. So here we be in India in 1895, in the company of The Third Foot And Mouth Regiment {snicker snicker} and Emma Walker's fabulous costumes. Innuendo is kept to a bashful level as opposed to smutty overkill, the humour more concerned with taking pot shots out Imperialism and upper crust ignorance and snobbery. Officer's chain of command and the stiff upper lip in the face of certain death, oh yes the band really will play on. There's also smart jokes such as the one in my title, and watch out for a sly Rank Organisation gag. All dealt with cunningly and sharply by the likes of Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams and Peter Butterworth. Character names remain ridiculously charming, Rhandi Lal, Private Jimmy Widdle, Bungit Din {leader of the Burpas} and Brother Belcher. While the set pieces, crowned by the now famous dinner party finale, are excellently constructed.

Subtitled "The British Position In India," this is not your standard saucy seaside postcard picture {try saying that fast three times}. Hugely entertaining for a myriad of reasons, it's actually something of a British treasure that's still delighting newcomers to it each decade. 8.5/10

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