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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

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 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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Mißwahl auf Englisch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Windsor had lessons on riding a motorbike in order she could film the final scene. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Brakes pulls the Mayor's trousers down, she pulls them down with both hands. She then puts her left hand to her mouth in shock. In the next wide angle shot she is seen putting her right hand to her mouth and her left hand is on the Mayor's trousers. See more »

Quotes

Sid Fiddler: Connie, have you got a room for this young lady please?
Connie Philpotts: Well, of course, Sidney!
[Handing over the key]
Connie Philpotts: I think you'll find this an ideal one.
Sid Fiddler: Thank you, Connie. Hey, just a minute, that's for the broom cupboard.
Connie Philpotts: That's right: where we keep all the scrubbers!
Sid Fiddler: [to a furious Hope] All right, all right, keep your hair on!
[Hands her another key]
Sid Fiddler: Here, go and change in mine. I'll sort it out later.
Hope Springs: Ta. I heard that - does she fancy you or something?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature cartoon representations of beauty pageant entrants with puns for titles: Miss Conduct, Miss Represent, Miss Conception, Miss Hap, Miss Fortune, Miss Used, Miss Shaped, Miss Trust, Miss Handled, Miss Manage, Miss Placed, Miss Spent, Miss Stake, Miss Demeanour, and Miss Adventure. Each "beauty queen" is depicted in a manner befitting their name, for example Miss Conduct is behaving inappropriately with a judge, Miss Conception is pregnant, Miss Hap and Miss Fortune suffer wardrobe malfunctions, and so on. See more »

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

Featured in Can We Carry On, Girls? (2001) See more »

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The team have feminists in their sights.
23 September 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The seaside resort of Fircombe is struggling to attract the tourists, so Sid Fiddler (Sid James) proposes a beauty contest to draw some much needed punters into the town. Getting the inept Mayor (Kenneth Connor) to agree was easy enough, but opposition comes in the form of Augusta Prodworthy (June Whitfield) and her league of feminists.

Lurid, smutty and just about average in the pantheon of the Carry On series. No Kenneth Williams for this one, but a point of interest is that Robin Askwith appears for the only time. Askwith ironically would become the star of the "Confessions" series of film's which would take the sex comedy to a whole new plateau from 1974 onwards. Carry On Girls has its moments, Bernie Bresslaw in drag brings quite a few gags, while Peter Butterworth as a lecherous old man steals the film.

Also pleasing for the franchise faithful is that the Sid James and Barbara Windsor (Hope Springs) pairing gets a nice arc befitting the relationship the pair built up during the series. Beauty contests and feminist whiles are given the treatment in Talbot Rothwell's screenplay, and the dying seaside town in need of a boost has a certain warmth to it (filmed on location in Brighton on England's South Coast). But really it's mild Carry On fare outside of the flesh and double entendres that are laced in humorous stereotypical cheapness. 5/10


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