Sunday 28 February 2016

Carry On Faces on 1969

This is part 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 with 1969. Two films were produced that year, first of all Again Doctor, a follow up on 1967's Carry On Doctor in the spring and then Up The Jungle in the autumn of the same year.

Pictured above we have the most prolific actors to appear in 1969. They are as follows: Sidney James as Bill Boosey in Up The Jungle; Joan Sims as Lady Bagley in Up The Jungle; Charles Hawtrey pictured above as Walter Bagley in Up The Jungle; Valerie Leon Leda in Up The Jungle; Frankie Howerd as Inigo Tinkle in Up The Jungle; Kenneth Williams pictured as Frederick Carver in Again Doctor; Jim Dale as Jimmy Nookey in Again Doctor; Hattie Jacques as Miss Soaper in Again Doctor and finally, Kenneth Connor as Claude Chumley in Up The Jungle.

Of those featured above, four actors (Hawtrey, Williams, Jacques and Connor) were original cast members from the very first film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958. James, Sims, Hawtrey and Leon all appeared in both films produced in 1969. Frankie Howerd returned for his second and final guest starring turn in the Carry Ons with Up The Jungle. He would go on to star in the Carry On Christmas television special at the end of 1969. 

Jim Dale made his tenth and final appearance in the original series with his role in Again Doctor. He would of course return to Pinewood in 1992 for Carry On Columbus. 1969 also saw original cast member Kenneth Connor return to the Carry Ons following a five year absence. Connor had last appeared in Cleo in 1964. Kenneth Williams made a rare decision to miss a Carry On with Up The Jungle, busy as he was with his forthcoming television show.

Stay tuned for the Carry On Faces of 1970 coming up soon!

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