Review: ‘Carry on Cowboy’

This Wild West spoof might well be subtitled How The West Was Lost.

This Wild West spoof might well be subtitled How The West Was Lost.

Story, though familiar nonsense, is less a string of irrelevant situations than usual, giving the team more opportunity for comedy thesping.

Stodge City is taken over by The Rumpo Kid (Sidney James), to the horror of Judge Burke (Kenneth Williams), who calls for a marshal to clean up Stodge City. By error a sanitary engineer (Jim Dale) gets sent to the trouble spot, arriving on the same coach as Annie Oakley (Angela Douglas), daughter of the sheriff who has been bumped off by The Rumpo Kid. The sanitary engineer disposes of The Rumpo Kid in a spoof of the High Noon long walk along a deserted street, in which the bogus marshal uses his knowledge of drains to good ingenious effect.

Though actually filmed on a common in Surrey the ‘Wild West locations’ are adequately authentic, and Alan Hume’s color lensing gives an extra touch of class.

Carry on Cowboy



Anglo Amalgamated. Director Gerald Thomas; Producer Peter Rogers; Screenplay Talbot Rothwell; Camera Alan Hume; Editor Rod Keys; Music Eric Rogers;; Art Director Bert Davey


(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 94 MIN.


Sidney James Kenneth Williams Jim Dale Charles Hawtrey Joan Sims Angela Douglas
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