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Carry on Cruising (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 13 April 1962 (UK)
Captain Crowther's lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice before the voyage begins there isn't much to choose from. Not only does he get the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Gerald Thomas, Ralph Thomas (uncredited)

Writers:

Eric Barker (story), Norman Hudis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Captain Wellington Crowther
Kenneth Williams ... First Officer Leonard Marjoribanks
Kenneth Connor ... Doctor Arthur Binn
Liz Fraser ... Glad Trimble
Dilys Laye ... Florence 'Flo' Castle
Esma Cannon ... Bridget Madderley
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Wilfred Haines, Ship's Cook
Jimmy Thompson Jimmy Thompson ... Sam Turner, Barman
Ronnie Stevens ... Drunk Passenger
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Jenkins
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Tom Tree, Steward
Willoughby Goddard Willoughby Goddard ... Large Man
Ed Devereaux ... Young Officer
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Nervous Steward
Anton Rodgers ... Young Man
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Storyline

Captain Crowther's lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice before the voyage begins there isn't much to choose from. Not only does he get the five most incompetent shipmates ever to sail the seven seas, but the passengers turn out to be a rather strange bunch too. The SS Happy Wanderer will never be the same. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Der Schiffskoch ist seekrank See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Peter Rogers Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Second of four appearances in a "Carry On" film of actress Liz Fraser. See more »

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The cruise ship docks at several ports, from Spain to Italy and North Africa. However it always moors against the same quayside with the same tree standing on it. See more »

Quotes

Haines: [Haines, having come to sick bay for a sea-sickness cure, refuses to have an injection in his arm] I can't bear to see the needle going in, you see.
Doctor: Well, in that case there's only one other place for it to go. Drop 'em!
Haines: I'm not holding them, whatever they are!
Marjoribanks: I gather the Doctor means your trousers.
Haines: Oh. What!
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Followed by Carry on Loving (1970) See more »

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Pretty basic stuff but amusing without being overly crude
21 June 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

After a long and distinguished career on the ocean wave, Captain Wellington Crowther is on his last voyage as captain of an ocean liner when he learns that five of his usual crew are unavailable. With the short notice, Crowther is forced to take whomever he can get to act as replacements and ends up with a group of some of the most unseaworthy sailors he has ever seen. Mind you – they fit right in with the passengers who include several women hunting husbands, a serial drunk and a flirty old woman.

The Carry On films are hardly the height of comedy at the best of times but in this entry they seem content to just find the middle ground and settle of an average comedy with few highs but few lows either. The plot sees the usual collection of innuendo and physical humour placed onto an ocean liner but basically just doing the same stuff they do in all the other films. The plot is not as good as the best of the series and is far too thin to really support a film of any substance but, luckily, this is not a film of any substance! Therefore we have a collection of romantic misunderstandings and aspirations that barely manage to set up enough opportunities for joking. This is not a massive problem of course, because there really aren't that many clever, witting or imaginative jokes, scenes of lines (maybe a handful at best). I was amused but I rarely laughed out loud even once and it was only a spattering of funny lines that made the film worth seeing. The one thing I did appreciate about the film was that it was almost totally lacking the lazy and obvious crude humour that can often date the Carry On films very badly.

With little material to really work with, the cast are left to just try their best. James doesn't get much to do apart from look annoyed by the various clowns in his service. Williams is his usual camp self and is blessed with a great character name (Marjoribanks). Connor doesn't have that much to do in terms of laughs and is left carrying much of the plot himself – and in fairness he does his best with it. Fraser and Laye are hardly the best looking women in the world but they are flirty and quite sexy in a 1960's type of way. The rest of the cast are OK but mostly just clown around – a few Carry On faces are there but the absentees make more of an impact that those that are present.

Overall this is an OK film but it is far from the high points of the Carry On series (although happily far from the lows either). The jokes are mostly basic and involve physical clowning or innuendo and it is unlikely you'll get any big laughs out of it even if you're amused for most of the time. Fans of Carry On films will like it but the rest of us should stick with the acknowledged 'greats' from the series.


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