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Carry on Abroad (1972)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 December 1973 (USA)
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 »


Gerald Thomas


Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Vic Flange
Kenneth Williams ... Stuart Farquhar
Charles Hawtrey ... Eustace Tuttle
Joan Sims ... Cora Flange
Bernard Bresslaw ... Brother Bernard
Barbara Windsor ... Sadie Tomkins
Kenneth Connor ... Stanley Blunt
Peter Butterworth ... Pepe
Jimmy Logan Jimmy Logan ... Bert Conway
June Whitfield ... Evelyn Blunt
Hattie Jacques ... Floella
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Brother Martin
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Lily
Ray Brooks ... Georgio
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Marge


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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Did You Know?


The role of Lily was originally offered to Madeline Smith who had previously appeared in Carry on Matron (1972) but she was unavailable due to other commitments. See more »


Vic and Cora Flange wake to building noise at 5am. Their hotel bedroom ceiling is removed by hand. In the next shot of Cora and Vic in bed, shadows of ropes are visible, but when the camera cuts to the ceiling again there are no ropes visible. See more »


Sadie Tompkins: Don't you understand? I don't want just a quick roll in the hay. I need something that's going to last.
Bert Conway: Who says it's not going to last? We don't go home until tomorrow afternoon.
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Crazy Credits

The "company" Sun Tan Lo Tion is credited as technical advisor for this film about sunny holidays. See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC requested cuts for the original cinema release with the removal of one use of "pissed" and the line "I'm going to tear off all your clothes and throw you on the bed". Later video and DVD releases feature the same cut print. See more »


Featured in Carry on Forever: Episode #1.3 (2015) See more »

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Package Holiday Piffery.
10 August 2015 | by hitchcockthelegendSee 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, something 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. This is the 1970s in Britain and it was becoming a place of decadent sexuality, which sees the makers earnest in their attempts to capture the zeitgeist of the time. Also one tends to think they had to be aware of the more openly sexual nature of some other comedy films of the era, thus they had to compete.

This is great fun for series fans, an absolute ramshackle holiday experience, the very definition of a cheap deal that "WAS" too good to be true. The makers bombard 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 - no sand pebble is left unturned.

Cast are great, reliable sorts with such cheeky material to work from. Peter Buterworth takes the leading honours as the hotel manager trying to convince everyone this hotel from hell is a paradise! and he is well supported by June Whitfield who makes one of her more expansive ventures into the series. The double entendre's flow, the chaotic scenes stack up and 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 legendary 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 for some poignant reflection. 7/10

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8 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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Bagshot, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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