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Talbot Rothwell

Highest Rated: 67% Carry on Screaming (1966)

Lowest Rated: 40% Carry on Camping (1969)

Birthday: Nov 12, 1916

Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England, UK

It sounds clichéd, but the story of how Talbot Rothwell started out as a writer really would make a great movie. Apparently, while serving as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II, his plane was shot down over Norway and he was incarcerated by the Germans. There he befriended Peter Butterworth, who would later become a popular British comedy actor and associate of his, and the pair wrote and performed shows that initially did not seem well-received by their fellow prisoners (although legend has it that the booing covered up the noise of an escape tunnel being dug). Rothwell is best remembered as the writer of the "Carry On" series of films--known for slapstick antics and parodying institutions of all sorts--from 1963 to 1974. While under the old writer, "Carry On" featured a lot of relatively tame humor, under his pen it became more risqué, and by the early '70s nudity and unabashed sexual references replaced the innuendo of prior years. Highlights of his tenure included the '60s installments "Carry On Cleo," which tried for the epic feel of "Cleopatra," and in which Rothwell borrowed two radio personalities' line, "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" for star Kenneth Williams. There was also the hit "Carry On Camping," which centered around a disastrous trip to the outdoors (and costarred his old pal Butterworth). Prior to catching on with the franchise, he spent the '50s writing for various comedians and troupes in films and sketch programs.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 59% Carry on Dick Screenwriter - 1974
No Score Yet 64% Carry on Matron Writer (Screenplay) - 1973
No Score Yet 54% Carry on Girls Writer (Screenplay) - 1973
No Score Yet 77% Carry on Abroad Writer (Screenplay) - 1972
No Score Yet 72% Carry on at Your Convenience Writer (Screenplay) - 1971
No Score Yet 51% Carry on Henry VIII Writer (Screenplay) - 1971
No Score Yet 47% Carry on Loving Writer (Screenplay) - 1970
No Score Yet 49% Carry on Up the Jungle Writer (Screenplay) - 1970
No Score Yet 42% Carry on Again, Doctor Writer (Screenplay) - 1969
40% 78% Carry on Camping Writer (Screenplay) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carry On Christmas Writer - 1969
No Score Yet 79% Carry On ... Up the Khyber Screenwriter - 1968
No Score Yet 69% Carry on Doctor Writer (Screenplay) - 1967
No Score Yet 47% Follow That Camel Writer - 1967
67% 73% Carry on Screaming Screenwriter - 1966
No Score Yet 65% Don't Lose Your Head Writer - 1966
No Score Yet 51% Carry On Cowboy Screenwriter - 1965
No Score Yet 74% Carry on Cleo Screenwriter - 1964
No Score Yet 58% Carry on Cabby Screenwriter - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Every Woman Wants Writer - 1954

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