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Carry on England (1976)

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 »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

David Pursall (screenplay), Jack Seddon (screenplay)
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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>

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It's the biggest bang of the war

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Retter der Nation See more »

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Budget:

£220,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Jones was filming in the day and was in Ludlow rehearsing Hamlet. See more »

Goofs

When the toggle on the gun is pulled back that supposedly injures Captain S. Melly's fingers, it doesn't actually make contact with them. See more »

Quotes

Capt. S. Melly: Are you a ventriloquist?
Bombardier Ready: Oh no. Church of England.
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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 »

Connections

Follows Carry on Girls (1973) See more »

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Possibly The Worst In The Series
8 December 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I don't know if the CARRY ON series was past its sell by date in 1976 but you get the impression that no one is even trying to make a funny comedy here . It lacks many of the regulars like Jim Dale and Kenneth Williams and sees them replaced by the likes of Patrick Mower who lack the essential comic timing the regulars brought to the series . Perhaps worst of all is the casting of Windsor Davies and Melvyn Hayes in very similar roles they had in the popular military comedy IT AIN'T HALF HOT MUM

If the movie had played out like a feature length episode of IT AIN'T HALF HOT MUM it wouldn't have been so bad but the simple plot of guys and gals trying to get it on under the nose of a new commanding officer is painfully unfunny as are the gags , I mean when one of the funniest jokes revolves around a trio of characters called Ready , Willing and Able you know the writers David Pursall and Jack Seddon aren't trying


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