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Carry on Up the Jungle (1970) Poster

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Bernard Bresslaw learned all his native orders in a genuine African language - Fanagalo in South Africa, a.k.a. Chilapalapa or Chikabanga further North, the lingua franca of Southern Africa. But on the first day of shooting, the extras all stared at him dumbly - all were of Caribbean origin and thus completely confused by his orders. However Sidney James (born in South Africa) recognized the real thing and congratulated him.
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Jim Dale was disgruntled with the part he had been given and turned down the role of the Jungle Boy because of its dialogue limitations of just grunts and groans gibberish. The character in the end was cast with Terry Scott instead.
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The role of Professor Tinkle portrayed by Frankie Howerd was originally written for Kenneth Williams. He turned it down, as it clashed with filming for his TV show The Kenneth Williams Show (1970). Williams was then offered the cameo role of Walter Bagley, which he turned down as being too small, which was in the end cast with Charles Hawtrey.
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Kenneth Connor had been away from making "Carry On" films since since Carry on Cleo (1964) about six years earlier. This film restarted his association as being a regular part of the franchise appearing in nearly every picture until Carry on Emmannuelle (1978).
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When Jacki Piper had water thrown at her face on the first take, the crew member did it with such force that her hair piece and false eye lashes fell off. It was necessary to start again and Gerald Thomas said to do it more gently on the second occasion.
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The pool and waterfall sequence was filmed on Stage J at Pinewood Studios.
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The first take of the scene by the pool and waterfall with Jacki Piper and Terry Scott caused hilarity with the crew on the set. Scott's loin cloth slipped and caused his private parts to become visible, which went unnoticed at the time.
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Second and final "Carry On" cinema movie of actor-comedian Frankie Howerd. His first had been around three years earlier with Carry on Doctor (1967). Howerd also appeared in the made-for-television Carry on Christmas (1969), made the year before.
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The film's joke alternate titles seen at the start of the opening credits were "the African Queens", "Stop Beating About the Bush" and "Show Me Your Waterhole and I'll Show You Mine". Joke alternate titles that were dropped and weren't used at the beginning of the movie included "The Lust Continent" and "Don't Shoot 'til you See the Whites of their Thighs".
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The name of the rare species of animal that was being sought was the Oozlum Bird, which is aka the Ouzelum Bird and aka the Oozalum Bird. It's actually a real world legendary creature. The title the bird was given by the all-girl Lubby Dubby tribe was the "Symbol of Perpetuity". The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as a "mythical bird displaying ridiculous behavior". They maintain that the word "Oozum" could have been derived from the word "Ouzel" which means Blackbird. The earliest recording of the use of the word "Oozum Bird" was in 1858.
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People were employed to keep the jungle plants sprayed with water during the making of this film, otherwise they would have died under the studio lights.
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The African Jungle scenes seen in the film were actually Pinewood Studios sets (albeit the use of any archive stock footage). Legend says that the jungle scenes were filmed in Kew Gardens, London. In fact, they were all filmed at Pinewood Studios, the same place all the "Carry On..." films were made.
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This film was due to be entitled "Carry On Tarzan" but Peter Rogers was unable to get the rights to use the word Tarzan. Then they considered "Carry On Jungle Boy", which is what the movie was known as during the shoot, before eventually settling on the final title "Carry on Up the Jungle" after principal photography had finished.
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Reuben Martin played the Gorilla in the film. His wife would help him carry the head of his costume around the studio, because it was so heavy.
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Joan Sims played Lady Evelyn in this film, the mother of Cecil The Jungle Boy, played by Terry Scott. She was actually three years younger than Scott.
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Nineteenth "Carry On" movie in the British comedy film franchise series.
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"Carry On" regular Barbara Windsor did not appear in the movie, but did pose for publicity stills on the set in preparation for the next to be filmed TV special Carry on Christmas (1969).
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The man-in-the-ape-suit Gorilla character played by Reuben Martin would later return in Carry on Emmannuelle (1978) and the TV episode Carry on Laughing!: Lamp-Posts of the Empire (1975).
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A making-of behind the scenes TV documentary special about the making of this movie was made by the BBC and called "Carry on Forever" [See: Film Night: Carry on Forever (1970)] being first broadcast on TV around the time that the picture launched in theaters.
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Some of the film's literal English language translations of its foreign language titles were "Carry On Tarzan" (Denmark), "Adventures in Africa" (Sweden), "Watch Out for the Jungle" (South America), "Queen of the Amazons" (Germany), "Full Speed Ahead Safari" (Poland) and "Carry On Through the Jungle" (Hungary).
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Terry Scott wasn't allowed to wear underwear under his loin cloth. In the scene by the river, his awkward posture as he lay next to Jacki Piper made his genitalia slip out during the long scene, making the camera crew and production staff corpse in the background. Scott's lack of underwear also caused trouble when he had to do vine swings, because he had to have metal pole equipment loop him from underneath and balance on it as he swung. He joked with Jacki that "[he] hoped [she] didn't want children after this movie".
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Charles Hawtrey complained that the film "was filmed in a fucking greenhouse".
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Charles Hawtrey plays the father of Terry Scott despite being merely twelve and a half years his senior.
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The picture is a spoof of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan" novels and movies, as well as the Hammer "Cavegirl" series of films which included Prehistoric Women (1967) and One Million Years B.C. (1966). 'Halliwell's' describes the film as a "parody of Tarzan and jungle films".
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The era in history that this motion picture comedy was set is said to be Edwardian times, which is the period covering the reign of England's King Edward VII, between 1901 and 1910. The year the picture is set is actually 1900, a year before.
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First credited cinema movie role of actress Jacki Piper.
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Fake flora and foliage in the form of plastic and rubber plants would melt under the harsh Pinewood Studio sound stage lights causing problems for the production with props melting.
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First of four "Carry On" movies for actress Jacki Piper.
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The names of the two tribes were the "Noshas" and the "Lubby-Dubby" tribe (aka Lubidubis).
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The name of the place that the "Lubby-Dubby" tribe came from was the Lost World of "Aphrodisia".
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This "Carry On" movie featured such series regulars as Sidney James, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw, and Kenneth Connor.
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Regular "Carry On" movie actors not appearing in this installment included Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor, Jim Dale, Peter Butterworth and Kenneth Williams.
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The name of the magazine that Professor Inigo Tinkle (Frankie Howerd) read in his tent was "Belle Parisienne".
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Actor Bernard Bresslaw portraying Upsidaisi, appeared in black-face make-up, something which by modern standards is now considered racist and controversial.
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The name of the group that Professor Inigo Tinkle (Frankie Howerd) gave a lantern lecture to was "The Royal Birdwatching Society".
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The film takes place in 1900.
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Jim Dale was offered the part of Ugh, but found the script too "static", and turned the role down. He didn't return to the series until Carry on Columbus (1992) over two decades later.
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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