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Follow That Camel

Story line provides adequate excuse for a Carry On foray into the Foreign Legion territory, with a young hero (Jim Dale), accused of cheating at cricket, enlisting with his manservant to exculpate his disgrace. There he encounters Phil Silvers, as a sergeant who invents acts of heroism and is much decorated, Kenneth Williams as the German commanding officer, Charles Hawtrey, as his deft adjutant, and Joan Sims, as a much-cleavage siren.

With:
Phil Silvers Jim Dale Peter Butterworth Charles Hawtrey Kenneth Williams Anita Harris

Story line provides adequate excuse for a Carry On foray into the Foreign Legion territory, with a young hero (Jim Dale), accused of cheating at cricket, enlisting with his manservant to exculpate his disgrace. There he encounters Phil Silvers, as a sergeant who invents acts of heroism and is much decorated, Kenneth Williams as the German commanding officer, Charles Hawtrey, as his deft adjutant, and Joan Sims, as a much-cleavage siren.

They are involved in running skirmishes with an Arab chieftain, serving a master called Mustapha Leak, and the farrago climaxes in a hilarious battle at a desert fort, after a forced march through waterless wastes.

It all works with considerable bounce, with elements of parody of Beau Geste-style movies for those alert to them. All the regular comics are on first-rate form.

Follow That Camel

UK

Production: Rank. Director Gerald Thomas; Producer Peter Rogers; Screenplay Talbot Rothwell; Camera Alan Hume; Editor Alfred Roome; Music Eric Rogers; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Phil Silvers Jim Dale Peter Butterworth Charles Hawtrey Kenneth Williams Anita Harris

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