Latest of the Carry On gang's shenanigans is an energetic skit on Mutiny on the Bounty, even bringing in joshing of certain characters and scenes from the [1962] nautical opus. Only two of the 'resident' company - Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams - are on parade. This one, however, has an added credit in its very okay costuming and art work.

Latest of the Carry On gang’s shenanigans is an energetic skit on Mutiny on the Bounty, even bringing in joshing of certain characters and scenes from the [1962] nautical opus. Only two of the ‘resident’ company – Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams – are on parade. This one, however, has an added credit in its very okay costuming and art work.

Mood is set by an opening cameo showing the epic, ‘Kiss Me, Hardy’ incident, played with brief, witty aplomb by Jimmy Thompson and Anton Rodgers. From then on director Gerald Thomas steers his cast through a maze of mixups and misadventure.

The screenplay involves a serving wench taking the place aboard HMS Venus of a green midshipman who, with the local nitwit, is press-ganged on to the same ship; a flogging that misfires; an operation at sea; a hilarious walking the plank sequence; a phoney mutiny; and the finale, when the Venus, now commanded by the middy, the girl and the birdbrain, puts the Spanish Armada out of action.

Williams, playing the precious Captain Fearless, who hates the sea and violence, is in excellent form while Hawtrey plays his familiar nincompoop with ease. Bernard Cribbins, as the sorely tried middy, Donald Houston, as the bullying second in command, and Percy Herbert, as his aide, bring some virile body to the proceedings. Only sizeable femme role is played by Juliet Mills who doesn’t seem very comfortable in the robust male surroundings.

Carry on Jack

UK

Production

Anglo Amalgamated. Director Gerald Thomas; Producer Peter Rogers; Screenplay Talbot Rothwell; Camera Alan Hume; Editor Archie Ludski; Music Eric Rogers;; Art Director Jack Shampan

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Kenneth Williams Bernard Cribbins Juliet Mills Charles Hawtrey Donald Houston Cecil Parker
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