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Carry On Up the Khyber (1968)

Carry On... Up the Khyber (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 12 December 1968 (USA)
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Peter Butterworth ... Brother Belcher
Terry Scott ... Sgt. Major Macnutt
Angela Douglas ... Princess Jelhi
Cardew Robinson Cardew Robinson ... The Fakir
Julian Holloway ... Major Shorthouse
Peter Gilmore ... Private Ginger Hale
Leon Thau Leon Thau ... Stinghi
Wanda Ventham ... Khasi's First Wife
Alexandra Dane Alexandra Dane ... Busti
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Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar has other ideas. He wants all the British dead! But his troops fear the "skirted-devils"; they are rumoured not to wear anything underneath. Then one is caught with his pants on... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles unter Kontrolle - Keiner blickt durch See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The motto of the 3rd Foot & Mouth Regiment was "Always Ready For Action". See more »

Goofs

Captain Keene informs Sidney Ruff-Diamond that Princess Jelhi told him that her father has a photograph of the inspection parade (showing the soldiers were wearing underpants). However in the previous scene, Princess Jelhi makes no mention of the photograph, only that her father was planning an uprising to kill all the British. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[after a shot of the Union Flag flying with "I'm backing Britain" printed across it]
Brother Belcher: [looking directly at the camera] Of course, they're all completly mad, you know!
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OR The British Position In India See more »

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Followed by Carry on Behind (1975) See more »

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Cock o' the North
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard when the soldiers raise their kilts to defeat the enemy
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Magnificently Vulgar
3 May 2006 | by BJJManchesterSee all my reviews

This is now generally regarded as the best CARRY ON movie which,in retrospect,may not be saying that much.On the other hand,there seems to be an increasing fondness here in Britain(and perhaps even the US)for the series' persistent innuendo,cheerful vulgarity,slapstick corn,and venerable comic performers(most of whom are sadly long since gone) now nearly four decades after it's peak.Compared with much cinema gross-out humour today(as typified by the Farrelly Brothers in the US,with the UK's SEX LIVES OF THE POTATO MEN not far behind,perhaps literally!),the CARRY ON style of fun with it's saucy double entendres virtually present in every line seems oddly charming and innocent when in previous generations appeared as crude and tasteless,certainly to many weary film critics of the time.It could come across as witless and repetitive,as it certainly did in the later CARRY ON's of the 1970's(when the series finally finished),but despite the relentless puns on view here,UP THE KHYBER executes them all with an unexpected style,panache and energy,with arguably the entire series' most memorable visual gags and genuinely funny verbal one-liners.

The talented comedians on view,Sid James,Kenneth Williams,Peter Butterworth,Joan Sims,Terry Scott,Charles Hawtrey,Bernard Bresslaw,etc. are all on fine comic form throughout,handling the timing with considerable aplomb,with the farcical plot(the film's only negative point;it is never subtle,and it's attempts at satire are fleeting to say the least,probably very deliberately)about colonial conflict in India caused by British 'Devils in Skirts' not turning out in underwear oddly seeming to work rather well.It has great confidence and courage in it's convictions,and some lines and ideas("Gone For Tiffin","Fakir,Off!!",the 'Arsitarsi' tribe),and especially the dining room sequence(perhaps the funniest in the series' entire history)are the very best examples of typical lowbrow British humour.

Even the production values seem above average for the CARRY ON's,admittedly streamlined but still fairly elaborate and convincing,only faltering in it's actual depiction of the Khyber Pass itself,which is actually Snowdonia in North Wales.The film's very non-PC racial stereotyping and impersonation could be a problem for some,but may in fact add a certain extra period charm.

UP THE KHYBER represents CARRY ON humour at it's peak,preceded as it was by some of the other best efforts in the series(CLEO,SCREAMING,DOCTOR).With the arrival of the 70's,the CARRY ON's went into gradual decline from around 1973,ending in EMMANUELLE in 1978,generally recognised as the worst,before the critically-derided COLUMBUS emerged in 1992.UP THE KHYBER,however,shows us how amusing the series could be at it's best.


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