42 user 4 critic

Carry On England (1976)

Carry on England (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 19 November 1976 (USA)
Captain S. Melly takes over as the new Commanding Officer at an experimental mixed sex air defence base. It's 1940 and England is under heavy bombardment, but the crew seem more interested ... See full summary »


Gerald Thomas


David Pursall (screenplay), Jack Seddon (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Connor ... Captain S. Melly
Windsor Davies ... Sergeant-Major 'Tiger' Bloomer
Judy Geeson ... Sergeant Tilly Willing
Patrick Mower ... Sergeant Len Able
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... Bombardier Ready
Joan Sims ... Private Jennifer Ffoukes-Sharpe
Melvyn Hayes ... Gunner Shorthouse
Peter Butterworth ... Major Carstairs
Peter Jones ... Brigadier
Diane Langton Diane Langton ... Private Alice Easy
Julian Holloway ... Major Butcher
David Lodge ... Captain Bull
Larry Dann ... Gunner Shaw
Brian Osborne Brian Osborne ... Gunner Owen
Johnny Briggs ... Melly's Driver


Captain S. Melly takes over as the new Commanding Officer at an experimental mixed sex air defence base. It's 1940 and England is under heavy bombardment, but the crew seem more interested in each other than the enemy planes above. Captain Melly plans to put a stop to all this, and becomes the target of a campaign to abandon his separatist ideals... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's the biggest bang of the war


Comedy | War


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


In later interviews, Joan Sims admitted to feeling out of the place during the making of the film. See more »


When the Sergeant Major Bloomer sounds the wake up call in Melly's hut, the Sergeant Major's rope on his uniform is on his right shoulder. But in the next shot when he is shouting at Sgt. Len Able, the rope is on his left shoulder. See more »


Sgt. Len Able: How you feeling, son?
Bombardier Ready: It's just as though those explosions have reverberated all through my body.
Sgt. Len Able: Well, just so long as your helmets not damaged.
See more »

Alternate Versions

To avoid a UK AA certificate (thus excluding anyone under 14 years old) the film was cut by the BBFC to heavily reduce the topless nudity in the 'Trousers and nothing else' scene, and to replace Patrick Mower's line of 'I know a Fokker when I see one' to 'Bristols usually come in pairs'. The 1987 video release featured the same cut cinema print, though for the 2001 VCI DVD the cuts were fully restored. The later 2003 Special Edition release featured both versions of the film. See more »


Followed by Carry on Columbus (1992) See more »

User Reviews

why? why? why?
7 February 2005 | by xysmitheSee all my reviews

this is absolutely awful. I heard that Carry on Emmanuelle was the worst of the series, but this really is. I bought this and started watching it four times then turned it off...only watched it fully the fifth time around, it's really that bad.

Joan Sims looks bloated and old, Kenneth Connor's not the little bloke with humorous quirks that we know and love him for in the series...there's nothing in here that actually works. There's no gags that are humorous.

There's a hugely embarrassing scene where there's a soldier blinking heavily....and Kenneth Connor asks him 'why he's blinking'. The gag commences for a minute 'why are you blinking?' 'no I'm blinking not' 'yes you blinking are'....That unfortunately is the level of humour used in this awful film.

You can see them trying to go back to Carry on Sergeant...but that's like trying to find Debbie Harry attractive when she's an eighty year old pensioner based on 'how she used to be'.

Kenneth Connor in his first lead role for the Carry on's deserved better than this. Patrick Mower is not carry on material.


13 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 42 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Carry On Line





Release Date:

19 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Retter der Nation See more »


Box Office


GBP220,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Black and White (archive footage in closing scenes)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed