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Carry On Behind Reviews

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July 19, 2015
A group of imminent archaelogists, led by the stuffy Professor Roland Crump (Kenneth Williams) and the more fun, liberated Professor Anna Vooshka (Elke Sommer), are in search of an old Roman town that is thought to be lying underneath a holiday caravan park.

It's the height of the summer season and a group of holiday makers arrive on the dingy-looking caravan park for their annual holidays. The dedicated archaelogists begin their frantic search for the Roman town and start digging enthusiastically away, subsequently leading to the the entire caravan park nearly sinking into the ground after a torrential thunderstorm on the last night of the holiday.

This 1975 entry in this much-loved British comedy film series marked the beginning of the end of the Carry On series. Screenplay writer Talbot Rothwell (who had taken over as writer from Norman Hudis in 1963 with Carry On Cabby) essentially retired from the Carry On films after 1974's Carry On Dick due to nervous exhaustion. Carry On Dick marked the end of an era in more ways than one as it also saw the swift departure of three of its most popular stars: Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor.

Scriptwriter Dave Freeman was drafted into the fold having already worked with producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas on the 1972 film version of the hit ITV sitcom, Bless This House. Dave Freeman's windy, sparky and far bluer dialogue was more risque, a trend that had started to emerge in the vast majority of the 1970s Carry On's. The jokes and endless gags all overflow on smutty innuendo and double entendres even though Freeman was in fact attempting to vaguely recapture the spirit and flavour of 1969's classic Carry On Camping.

Times had certainly changed since then and all sorts of ludicrous sex comedies were scoring high at the Box Office, such as the dreadful Confessions Of A... films and the even worse Adventures Of A... series which all seemed pretty lame stuff when compared to the sparkling, feel-good factor of the Carry On's. However by 1975 the Carry On's were suddenly seeming a little out of place and somewhat dated in comparison to the more explicit sex comedies that were roaming around.

However, 1975's Carry On Behind still comes out a winner even though faring disappointingly at the Box Office. It's missing several of the regular Carry On stars, but an injection of new faces keep things fairly fresh, with the likes of Carol Hawkins (who had previously starred in 1972's Carry On Abroad) and Sherrie Hewson providing the eye candy for the men, while Adrienne Posta and Ian Lavender (star of the BBC sitcom, Dads Army) star as a married couple on their holidays. These performers all breeze into the Carry On phenomenon very well, and with the likes of Carol Hawkins and Adrienne Posta on board these younger performers could well have been the next generation of Carry On players.

Also returning to the Carry On's after a long absence from the series wasLiz Fraze,r last seen in 1963's Carry On Cabby, and Larry Dann as one of the team of archaeologists, last seen back in 1959's Carry On Teacher.

Surprisingly its International film star Elke Sommer who receives top billing in Carry On Behind, pipping Carry On lifer Kenneth Williams to the post. Her wonderful performance is always impeccably timed, displaying a natural flair for comedy and tossing in such fractured English comments that becomes the foil of each delightful scene she shares with Kenneth Williams, both seemingly spark off one another.

Kenneth Williams is the typically snide, arrogant and campy Professor Roland Crump. If you were to delve into Kenneth Williams famous Diaries that were published shortly after he allegedly commit suicide in 1988, you would be a little startled to learn (I certainly was) that Williams had grown very unhappy with the Carry On series over the years, feeling they had hindered his acting career in finding more serious, challenging roles. You really can't detect that animosity when you view Williams performance in Carry On Behind (even though he declared this to be the worst in the series at the point of filming) as he goes through the motions with seemingly effortless energy, delivering on the whole, a fine comic turn.

Bernard Bresslaw stars as Arthur Upmore who is on his annual holiday with his slightly dowdy wife, Linda (Patsy Rolands) who has the burden of having to bring his interfering, dragon-like mother-in-law (Joan Sims) along. Bresslaw's performance seems to be running through the motions, lacking the spark of his role in Carry On Camping whilst Patsy Rolands bubbles along nicely in the background in a fairly minor supporting turn.

Joan Sims seems to be on auto-pilot for the duration for the first half of the film, though has a few witty lines to deliver. As the film draws on, she is revealed to have a far softer side when she is unexpectedly reunited with her long-lost husband, Henry (Peter Butterworth) whom had been working at the caravan park as an "odd job" man for the past twenty years. The scenes in which Sims and Butterworth are re-aquainting themselves in the caravan are actually quite touching, delivered beautifully by these two stalwarts of the series and having a real, poignant edge.

Peter Butterworth as Henry Barnes practically turns in a virtual re-creation of his stingy, scavanging character Mr. Fiddler in the more famous Carry On Camping for Carry On Behind, though his performance is top notch as always while another stalwart of the series, Kenneth Connor gets the occasional chance to shine as the sexually repressed and ever-randy caravan site owner, Major Leep.

The pairing of Windsor Davies as Fred and Jack Douglas as Ernie is a slightly pale reflection of the dynamic teaming of Sid James and Bernard Bresslaw in Carry On Camping with just a few variations. Again they are the almost stereotypical middle-aged married men looking for extra marital activity whilst their wives (Liz Frazer and Patrica Franklin) are blissfully ignorant of their husbands intent, believing they are going on a "fishing" trip.

The pace and energy of the Carry On films was slowing down considerably now though Carry On Behind stays afloat with some fine performances and hilarious (even if predictable) situations that makes this one of the classics in the series and indeed the last watchable of the series (subsequent entries Carry On England (1976) and Carry On Emanuelle (1978) are probably best forgotten).

There does seem a lack of real interaction with the cast until the ending whenJenny Cox turns up (typically through a comic misunderstanding) at the caravans club/bar on the final night of the holiday performing a raunchy strip tease. It is the climax of Carry On Behind that really scores best as the whole holiday ends in disaster as various caravans begin falling down the muddy holes the archeaologists had been digging around the site. But the film ends firmly retaining that feel-good factor that the Carry On's were always renowned for and this was a last hurrah for the series.

(Incidentally Carry On Behind was shot on exactly the same field as Carry On Camping which was not more than a stones throw from Pinewood Studios where all Carry On's were filmed. Again the cast as in Carry On Camping had a hard time keeping their spirits "up" having been filmed during the winter season in time for its summer release.)
November 17, 2014
Lots of new faces as the series tried to freshen things up. For me it worked well as this was funnier than the previous few offerings.
November 12, 2012
Funny English comedy
½ November 11, 2012
It was a funny carry on film, it starred my favourite carry on star Kenneth Williams but it's a good carry on film but not my favourite film, I loved it, great film, it also starred Kenneth Connor
½ October 25, 2012
The plethora of sexual references in the dialogue often hits the bullseye in this entertaining offering. With the excellent Kenneth Williams leading a cast that's in top form, this will find favour amongst fans of the franchise as well as satisfy those who aren't.
½ August 23, 2012
I think this is the first time I've ever watched a carry on film but I wasn't properly watching it as was busy training at same. However, it was really funny, they don't make films like this anymore. I want to watch more Carry On films now
June 6, 2011
Carry On goes camping.. again?

Yes it's camping time again, but this time in caravans, or wait, some still have to live in tents? Never mind, the idea works for yet another movie eventhough the first one in this field was better.

Main man Sid is missing but the rest of the lot works hard to fill his gap and to examine holes. (Many are archaeologists)

Some side stories isn't really necessary and the story is a little less tight than usual but the pace is allright. There is slightly more up front nudity in this one than the previous episodes, but still not very much really

Daphne Barnes: Major, I do believe you're trying to get me sloshed.
Maj. Leep: Heavens above, no! There's no need to. What I mean was... only a damn swine would try and get a girl drunk first.
Daphne Barnes: First?
Maj. Leep: Well it would be a damn waste of time getting her drunk afterwards.
December 4, 2010
Dreadful, slightly embarassing to watch. No succesful jokes.
September 29, 2010
The last good Carry On film with the cast list very much with an out with the old and in with the new feel to it. Some very good laugh out loud moments but the signs are there that the end is nigh for the Carry On films
August 6, 2010
I pretty much love evry on of the carry on set and this one is pretty much dangerous because I nearly laughed to death.
½ July 20, 2010
One of the better Carry On Films.
May 30, 2010
It's the only one of the Carry On movies that I like because of it's camping theme.
April 14, 2010
One of my favourite Carry On Films, simply because of its location!
Super Reviewer
½ February 10, 2010
The only dismal entry in the series (largely due to Miss Sommer's abysmal lack of acting talent)
½ December 19, 2009
They tried their best to do another Carry On Camping with this one but it fell on it's arse. A couple of funny scenes but otherwise forgetful.
November 28, 2009
Not bad, but not one of the greatest. Some funny bits here and there.
½ September 16, 2009
Typical of the Carry On series. Cheap, tacky gags filled with puns and sexual inneuendo. I felt guilty for laughing on a few occasions.
Super Reviewer
July 24, 2009
One of the more annoying Carry on films set in the supposedly swinging late sixties. TRhere are the usual titters and some of the scenes will make you laugh but I cant stand hippies....ruined it for me so it did.
July 9, 2009
Pretty funny at times.
March 17, 2009
need to see all the carry on films still.
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