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Carry on Girls (1973)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 9 November 1973 (UK)
Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Sidney Fiddler
Barbara Windsor ... Hope Springs
Joan Sims ... Connie Philpotts
Kenneth Connor ... Mayor Frederick Bumble
Bernard Bresslaw ... Peter Potter
June Whitfield ... Augusta Prodworthy / Paula Perkins (voice)
Peter Butterworth ... Admiral
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... William
Patsy Rowlands ... Mildred Bumble
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Dukes
David Lodge ... Police Inspector
Valerie Leon ... Patricia Potter
Margaret Nolan ... Dawn Brakes
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Debra
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Miss Bangor
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Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the local women's liberation movement, has other ideas. It's open warfare as the women's lib attempt to sabotage the contest. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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When it comes to Beauty Queens - it's carry on and bust!

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Valerie Leon was dubbed throughout the entire film by June Whitfield. Although the lip-syncing/ADR, and vocal styling choice of the two character voices June Whitfield uses, along with the sound recording acoustics, makes it hard to tell she's doing two voices, even in the same shot. See more »

Goofs

When Hope Springs pushes Sidney backwards, she pushes him away from the donkey, but in the very next shot he hits the donkey which causes Miss Brakes to fall off. See more »

Quotes

Augusta Prodworthy: Is that you, Rosemary?
Rosemary: Yes.
Augusta Prodworthy: [In reference to the morning newspaper with a picture of Mayor Bumble on the front with his trousers down] Have you seen this?
Rosemary: Yes - bloody disgrace! Still, what can you expect from a man?
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Alternate Versions

As with many of the Carry On films the cinema version was cut by the BBFC to receive an 'A' (PG) certificate. Some dialogue was replaced, including 'knee trembler' (which was changed to 'snogging') and the fight between Hope and Dawn was reduced to remove shots of Hope attempting to pull Dawn's underwear off. The latter scene was fully restored in later video/DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Follows Carry On Again Doctor (1969) See more »

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Whatever anyone else says, this is a superb Carry On.
15 August 2005 | by world_of_weirdSee all my reviews

Although it doesn't quite scale the dizzy heights of CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER and does suffer somewhat from an obviously farthing-scraping budget, GIRLS is still vintage stuff from the Carry On crew, with a fast-moving, pun-heavy script from the great Talbot Rothwell ("I want a nice warm room with hot and cold running chambermaids" - Sid James, one of his many classic lines), plenty of memorable characters including the dotty Miss Tewkes, the randy old Admiral, the punch-drunk bellboy...hang on, this is starting to sound like FAWLTY TOWERS! If the film has one insurmountable obstacle it's the casting of the ageing, dumpy and diminutive Barbara Windsor as a beauty queen. This isn't even believable in a comedy situation where Sid James is a babe magnet and the gormless Bernard Bresslaw gets jiggy with the statuesque Valerie Leon! The rest of the contestants (with the possible exception of future EASTENDER Wendy Richards) look the part, however, and Carry On regular Margaret Nolan is especially memorable as the busty Dawn Brakes, though the PC brigade would no doubt frown on the...er...physical humour the film derives from her buxom presence! There's also a short but priceless cameo from DAD'S ARMY's Private Godfrey, who has one of the film's funniest lines, and Jimmy Logan is hilarious, camping it up in a role that was evidently meant for either Kenneth Williams or Charles Hawtrey and winning the day with his sheer exuberance. There are some sequences that don't really fit the Carry On mould - the Windsor-Nolan cat-fight, for example, shows signs of desperation, and Kenneth Connor doesn't have enough screen time as the proudly dapper but eternally disgusted Frederick Bumble (a shame, as his performance is note-perfect throughout), but all things considered this is a fine example of seaside postcard humour, and much funnier than the cruder Carry On variations that followed.


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Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1973 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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