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Public institutions, great historical figures, and established entertainment genres provided the main modus operandi, offering limitless potential for the films' staple themes of lust, adultery, and chicanery. Carry On Sergeant kicked off in 1958 with mainstay Charles Hawtrey. Later the same year in Carry On Nurse and in 1959's Carry On Teacher, the basic team quickly gelled with Joan Sims and Kenneth Williams making regular appearances. Leslie Phillips's insatiable predatory comic persona also figured large in these early films. Perhaps the first major milestone, though, came with the arrival of Sid James in 1960's Carry On Constable. With his trademark raucous laugh and a face like a wizened walnut, James would be a major factor in the ongoing success of the films, in which his leering, lascivious, and amoral character would vary only in name.
In 1962, Carry On Cruising marked the team's first foray into color. The following year, the films grew more adventurous and multilayered. Within their admittedly limited parameters, they did explore relationships and were surprisingly radical in their satirizing of women's roles. Hattie Jacques, for example, is best remembered for her fearsome matrons, but in Carry On Cabby (1963) she plays a downtrodden woman who hits back at husband Sid by forming her own taxi company. Carry On Jack (also 1963) found the team taking to the high seas in a Mutiny on the Bounty-style spoof starring Bernard Cribbins, but the next two films found the team at the real peak of its powers. Carry On Spying (1964) introduced Barbara Windsor's giggly buxom blond, a character who naturally fell hand in hand with James's aging Lothario in many of the subsequent films. In Carry On Cleo the same year, Amanda Barrie's deliciously frothy Egyptian queen and Kenneth Williams's saturnine Caesar set new heights for the series. The year 1965 brought Carry On Cowboy, featuring Joan Sims as a feisty saloon girl, while Carry On Screaming (1966) drove a comic stake through the heart of classic Hammer horror flicks.
Today, the Carry On films are seen as a vital component in the linear development of modern British comedy, influencing everything from French & Saunders to the surreal League of Gentlemen. In their time, they provided a much-needed big-screen vehicle for the greatest comic talents of the age. And today that vehicle has become a legacy of wonderful performances, many of them truly subtle. On that level alone, the Carry On films earn their status as a comic institution a hundred times over. --Piers Ford
English scatology at its zenith, not to mention the characters who play the parts, they are treasuresPublished 7 months ago by Stephen Esric Loomes
Have to agree with Howard P,Ken Williams really makes Carry Ons for me.Loved his Yoki walking,great tea party!The ending in the dilapidated house was great! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ellen
was a Xmas present for my father in-law!!
Got the call today that it did not work in their player! Went right over and in the end all is good! Read more
A must have for Carry On fans, and a great introduction for those that have had the misfortune of not being exposed to the comedic talents of Hattie Jacques, Sid James, Kenneth... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This series of British situation comedies, popular from the late 1950's through the mid-70's, hits the mark most of the time. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Gene Packer
If you like to laugh, get this set. We discovered the Carry-On series years ago on TV, and having all of them on DVD is perfect. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Book Carpenter
"[[ASIN:"B00006JDRW]]" It was great finally being able to put a face to the voices previously only heard on audio tape imported from England. Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by Barbara
I`ve seen the films when I was a kid and watched them as reruns on TV while I was growing up and it`s a terrific package with a good and sharp looking transfer of the films. Read morePublished on March 18, 2009 by Hellseeker