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 ...
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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>
Dilys Laye replaced Joan Sims who was allegedly exhausted after a lengthy run in the West End revue 'The Lord Chamberlain Regrets' which had also starred Dilys and Ronnie Stevens. A close friendship with a studio carpenter which had lasted over the filming of 'Carry on Regardless' and 'Twice Around the Daffodills' had resulted in Peter Rogers advising her that he disliked his artistes fraternising with the crew. See more »
The doctor is examining a patient who has fainted. He watches her chest and says that she is breathing "in, out, in, out ...", but her chest movement shows she is doing the exact opposite. See more »
[With a very bad Spanish accent]
Oh, hello Binn.
No, señor. I am the famous Torero from Madrid.
You look exactly like our medical officer, Dr Binn.
No, Señor. This afternoon I fight 15 bulls.
That's an awful lot of bull.
Well, my father he breeds the famous fighting bulls, you know. Every year, 50,000 bulls he sends off by ship to South America.
Si, si. Also every year, 20,000 more he ships off to France.
That's 70,000 bulls.
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As with many Carry On films the cinema print was cut by the BBFC with the removal of the word "twot" and the dialogue lines "The sun shines out of our portholes", "Cold water and plenty of it" and "Out of where?" (following "Take you fingers out"). Later video/DVD releases feature the same print and the original cuts may no longer survive. See more »
Although missing some of the regular cast members (Joan Sims and Charles Hawtrey), this Carry On is one of the better ones in the series. The script is sharp with some great gags deftly delivered by the ensemble. Sid James plays the experienced Captain of a cruise liner in charge of a crew with some inexperienced new recruits. This is the perfect setup for a series of disasters and the film duly delivers. Cruising is one of the earlier Carry Ons (first in colour) and maybe because of this, everyone seems fresh and on top of their game. The editing complements the script and the cast seem to have an energy which sometimes flags later in the series. The newer cast members keep the mix interesting and stand out performances from the wonderful Esma Cannon, Kenneth Williams (shower scene !) and Sid James combine to produce one of the definitive Carry Ons.
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