Review: ‘Carry on England’

Carry On England suffers from a particularly unfortunate hangup. It's not funny! Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas, the producer/director double act who have canned 28 of these low budgeters, have worked over what must be the dullest script of the series. (Talbot Rothwell, who wrote most of the earlier screenplays, has been dropped.)

Carry On England suffers from a particularly unfortunate hangup. It’s not funny! Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas, the producer/director double act who have canned 28 of these low budgeters, have worked over what must be the dullest script of the series. (Talbot Rothwell, who wrote most of the earlier screenplays, has been dropped.)

Action takes place in a mixed anti-aircraft battery at the start of World War II. There follows 89 minutes of gags, knockabout situations and innuendo which fall as flat as Kenneth Connor, as a bungling captain, is constantly required to do in search of belly laughs.

The cast, especially Connor, Windsor Davies and Jack Douglas, work hard to induce some excitement into the flagging dialog, but labor for a lost cause.

Rogers still manages to bring the pix in for £200,000 ($330,000), a considerable achievement.

Carry on England

UK

Production

Rank. Director Gerald Thomas; Producer Peter Rogers; Screenplay David Pursall, Jack Seddon; Camera Ernest Steward; Editor Richard Marden; Music Max Harris;; Art Director Lionel Couch

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Kenneth Connor Windsor Davies Patrick Mower Judy Geeson Jack Douglas Joan Sims
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