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Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)

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 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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Storyline

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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YOU'RE DRAFTED . . . to enjoy the laughs in the Latest and Funniest "Carry On" Comedy See more »

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 London Missionary Society send missionaries across India, the Pacific and Africa - including the famous Dr David Livingstone. It had a branch in the north of England, the "Wigan Auxilliary", hence Reverend Belcher preaches under a banner of the Wigan Missionary society. See more »

Goofs

After Captain Keene asks if he can "have a bash", a man in a turban approaches Sidney. Sid's lips are moving and say, "Do you wish," but there is no sound. Then in the next shot we hear him say, "Do you wish to see me?" See more »

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Captain Keene: Then I was going to say keep a stiff upper lip.
Missionary: Well I'm not standing around here waiting for mine to stiffen!
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Crazy Credits

OR The British Position In India See more »

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Edited into What a Carry On: Episode #1.6 (1985) See more »

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Light Cavalry Overture
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Written by Franz von Suppé
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Not at all my little desert flower, the British are used to cuts!
5 October 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Disaster strikes in the Raj when it's revealed that the famed British Devils In Skirts who occupy India, wear underpants under their kilts. The absence of which was something that kept the natives living in fear.

Awards and high praise for the "Carry On" franchise is like a dog that speaks Irdu, extremely rare. Granted, few of them rise above "titter me this madame" like comedy, and some are not fit to be used as coasters. But look inside this 31 film run and you find a handful of gems, a couple of which are fit to be on any list of Great British comedies from the 60s. One such film is Carry On Up The Kyber, which arguably is the best of the bunch. Directed and written by the usual Thomas/Rothwell team, Up The Kyber is a genuinely funny, knowing and original comedy.

It's pretty much a given that the best "Carry On's" were the costume spoofers. So here we be in India in 1895, in the company of The Third Foot And Mouth Regiment {snicker snicker} and Emma Walker's fabulous costumes. Innuendo is kept to a bashful level as opposed to smutty overkill, the humour more concerned with taking pot shots out Imperialism and upper crust ignorance and snobbery. Officer's chain of command and the stiff upper lip in the face of certain death, oh yes the band really will play on. There's also smart jokes such as the one in my title, and watch out for a sly Rank Organisation gag. All dealt with cunningly and sharply by the likes of Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams and Peter Butterworth. Character names remain ridiculously charming, Rhandi Lal, Private Jimmy Widdle, Bungit Din {leader of the Burpas} and Brother Belcher. While the set pieces, crowned by the now famous dinner party finale, are excellently constructed.

Subtitled "The British Position In India," this is not your standard saucy seaside postcard picture {try saying that fast three times}. Hugely entertaining for a myriad of reasons, it's actually something of a British treasure that's still delighting newcomers to it each decade. 8.5/10


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