Monday 14 March 2016

Carry On Faces of 1974

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 1974. Only one film was produced this year, Carry On Dick. This continued a trend that would see only one film produced a year until the end of the original series in 1978.

Pictured above we have the most prolific actors to appear in 1974. They are as follows: Sidney James as the Reverend Flasher / Big Dick Turpin; Barbara Windsor as Harriet; Kenneth Williams pictured above as Captain Desmond Fancey; Hattie Jacques as Martha Hoggett; Bernard Bresslaw as Sir Roger Daley; Joan Sims pictured as Madame Desiree; Peter Butterworth as Tom; Kenneth Connor as the old Constable and finally, Jack Douglas as Jock Strap.

Of those featured above, three actors (Williams, Jacques and Connor) were original cast members from the very first film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958. This year marked a major watershed for the series. Carry On Dick saw the last Carry On feature film for Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor. It was also the last film for writer Talbot Rothwell.

While Sid and Hattie would return to Carry On later in 1974 for episodes of the ATV series Carry On Laughing, they would never make another film. Barbara Windsor filmed linking sequences for the compilation film That's Carry On, alongside Kenneth Williams in 1977. Carry On Dick was still the beginning of a new Carry On era and things would never be the same again.
Stay tuned for the Carry On Faces of 1975 coming up soon!

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