Wednesday 27 January 2016

Carry On Faces of 1962

This is the beginning of a new series of blogs on Carry On Blogging. I plan to blog each year of Carry On, featuring photos of the most prolific actors for each year. Hopefully it will provide an interesting overview of the changing face of Carry On during the series' original mammoth twenty year run. 

It will turn the spotlight on the familiar faces who endured over the decades as well as those artists who came and went along the way. We are continuing today with1962. Only one film was produced in 1962: Carry On Cruising. The first colour Carry On was filmed in January and February of that year and featured a departure from the regular casting of previous adventures.

Pictured above we have the most prolific actors to appear in 1962. They are as follows: Sidney James as Captain Crowther; Kenneth Williams as Leonard Marjoribanks; Kenneth Connor pictured above as Dr Arthur Binn; Liz Fraser as Gladys Trimble; Dilys Laye pictured as Flo Castle; Esma Cannon as Bridget Madderley; Lance Percival as Wilfred Haines; Cyril Chamberlain as Tom Tree and finally, Jimmy Thompson as Sam Turner. 

Of those featured only three actors (Connor, Chamberlain and Williams) were original cast members from the very first film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958. Unlike all the previous series entries, several of the main cast members audiences would be familiar with were absent from Cruising - Joan Sims, Leslie Phillips, Hattie Jacques, Bill Owen, Terence Longdon and Charles Hawtrey were all missing from the cast. 

Charles Hawtrey had an infamous dispute with Peter Rogers over billing and was replaced with Lance Percival, in his only Carry On role. Dilys Laye made the first of four appearances, replacing an ill Joan Sims at three days notice. There were also bigger than usual roles for the likes of Esma Cannon, Cyril Chamberlain and Jimmy Thompson.

Stay tuned for the Carry On Faces of 1963 coming up soon!

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