Thursday 13 October 2016

The A - Z of Carry On Supporting Actors: Stanley Unwin


This is the latest in a brand new series for Carry On Blogging. It might be slightly ambitious, but I'm going to attempt to do a run through the alphabet of some of the more interesting Carry On supporting actors. One of the reasons I set up this blog was to turn the spotlight on some of the lesser known Carry On actors who nevertheless played an important role in the success of the film series. 

Today we continue with the next letter in the alphabet, U and U is for Stanley Unwin.

Carry On films: Stanley famously played the landlord in Carry On Regardless, bringing his wonderful Unwinese or "gobbledygook" to the big screen. In his several scenes, he confuses and bewilders Sid James and the gang until Kenneth Williams, playing an expert linguist appears and understands every word!

Also appeared in: Unwin got his big break appearing in Ted Ray's radio comedy series The Spice of Life alongside June Whitfield and Kenneth Connor. He began acting in films in 1956, first of all with Cardew Robinson in Fun at St Fanny's. Other films included Press For Time with Norman Wisdom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in which he played the Chancellor of Vulgaria! 


Best known for: His unforgettable Unwinese!

Did you know: In 1969 Stanley starred in Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation series The Secret Service, both as an actor and the voice of a puppet. Unfortunately boss Lew Grade cancelled the series on hearing Stanley's Unwinese as he thought nobody would understand what he was going on about!

What are they up to now: Stanley passed away at the grand old age of 90 in January 2002. He is buried alongside his wife Frances. The epitaph reads "reunited in the heavenly-bode - Deep Joy!"

Stay tuned for the next entry in my A - Z of Carry On Supporting Actors! 

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