Wednesday 28 June 2017

Carry On Classics: Carry On Cruising

Last week I brought some classic clips from the Carry Ons in an attempt to lighten the mood following some rather grim recent events in the wider world. I blogged some of my favourite scenes from the likes of Matron, Loving and Abroad. Well I so enjoyed going through the archives online that I thought I'd do it for another week, this time casting my net a little wider.

Many of you seem to really like the charm and innocence of the early black and white, Norman Hudis scripted Carry Ons. They are shown as often as some of the later Rothwell films but I think they deserve as much praise for what they achieved. There is a real heart to those early pictures and they are both beautifully written and played by our regular cast of comedy misfits. Today I'm continuing with two clips from the very first colour Carry On, Carry On Cruising.

Carry On Cruising is a delightful film. It's so bright and cheerful and marked a departure from the tried and trusted formula of the already established series. It's basically a hand picked cast of character actors off a holiday via Pinewood Studios, naturally. The film really hangs around the main stars of Sid James and Kenneths Williams and Connor as many of the other regular faces (Hawtrey, Phillips, Jacques and Sims) are missing from the line up. This does however allow other actors like Dilys Laye and Esma Cannon much more screen time.

Two of my favourite little scenes are featured below. The first sees Kenneth Williams take on the the diminutive Esma Cannon for a game of table tennis, under the watchful eye of Sid's Captain Crowther. Of course Esma is rather a fiendish player and the scene quickly descends into beautifully played farce and slapstick! 

The second scene is part of one of the major story strands from the film - the romantic entanglements of the ship doctor, the bumbling yet charming Dr Binn played by Kenneth Connor. Kenneth is forever getting into scrapes as he attempts to woo the single-minded, head strong Flo (Dilys Laye). Enjoy!  

More coming up tomorrow!

Carry On!

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