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Carry on Abroad (1972)

A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful.... See full summary »

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A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful. And there is something strange about the staff. They all look very similar. To top it all off, the weather seems to be having an adverse affect on the Hotel's foundations... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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The holiday of a Laugh-time!

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Bernard Bresslaw portrayed a character, Brother Bernard, who had the same first name as his own. See more »

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British made vehicles, that were only sold in the UK are visible in the airport car park on the Spanish Island. See more »

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Brother Martin: I say that's rather interesting, Brother Bernard. There are directions here for finding the tomb of St. Cecelia, the founder of our order.
Brother Bernard: [with no interest, Brother Bernard is distracted by the sight of Marge and Lily in bikinis] Oh, that's nice.
Brother Martin: Yes, isn't it? It is believed to lie in the middle of the island, about five miles north of the port of Elsbels. If we follow them, I think we might get somewhere.
Brother Bernard: [still watching the girls] Do you think we should?
Brother Martin: Ah, well, that is what we came for, ...
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Package Holiday Piffery.
10 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The 24th film in the Carry On series finds the cast partaking in a package holiday to Els Bels. Once arriving they find their hotel still under construction and nobody much likes the company they are in!

This is actually one film that boasted the most regular Carry On cast members, which carries the pic up above and through some choppy waters. Leaning heavily towards the more bawdy side of the franchise, it obviously couldn't appeal to everyone. The 1970s in Britain was becoming a place of decadent sexuality and the makers are earnest in their attempts to capture the zeitgeist of the time, whilst of course being aware of the more openly sexual nature of some other comedy films of the era.

This is great fun, an absolute ramshackle holiday experience, the very definition of a cheap deal that WAS too good to be true. The makers indulge us purposely with stereotypes, the Brits abroad crassness, the bad food and excessive drinking, the undersexed and the oversexed clientèle, bad weather, nudity, a raucous set-to at a red light establishment, sexual stimulants and on it goes.

Cast are great, reliable sorts with such cheeky material to work from, with Peter Buterworth taking the leading honours as the hotel manager trying to convince everyone this hotel from hell is a paradise! The double entendre's flow, the chaotic scenes stack up, the corn is well and truly laid on a plate, suffice to say this is not about pathos or intelligent meanings.

The finale is two-fold and great for fans, the drunken party on the last night at the hotel literally is crash bang and wallop, while the collective character closure at Sid and Joan's English bar has a warmness to it that fans can relate to. Charles Hawtrey, the skeleton on legs, left the series here, playing an alcoholic rogue, the makers accepting his real life issues and incorporating it into his farewell performance. 7/10


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