Movies – C

Carry On Matron (1972)

The fourth Carry On with a hospital background, and the 23rd in the series, concerns a plot by petty criminals Sid James, Kenneth Cope and Bernard Bresslaw to rob the local maternity hospital of contraceptive pills and sell them abroad. For Sid’s gang to gain entry to the hospital, his son Cyril (Cope) has to pose as(…)

Carry On Nurse (1958)

The immense success of the first Carry On film came as a huge surprise to most of the people concerned. Once it became clear that their first fully-fledged comedy film was a hit, Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas set about planning a further project. Carry On Nurse once again used a familiar setting, the jokes were corny, and the(…)

Carry On Regardless (1961)

This is a mixed-up collection of Carry On delights with a totally meaningless title for a totally plotless array of brief comic situations and familiar character players. As the title suggests, this film is devoid of any real thematic focus, and wanders aimlessly but memorably through a myriad scenarios in which anything can happen. Bert Handy (Sid James)(…)

Carry On Screaming (1966)

Carrying on the fortune-making Carry On tradition with a broad, farcical and sometimes near-the-knuckle look at the conventional spook thriller as the team tackle a blood-curdling missing persons investigation. When his girl-friend Doris disappears in mysterious circumstances from the forest clearing in which they have been dallying, Albert Potter reports the matter to Detective Sergeant Bung and(…)

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Carry On Sergeant was the beginning of the long running Carry On series. Producer Peter Rogers’ main coup was his casting of William Hartnell in the title role, his combination of aggression and affection is invaluable. Fellow refugees from ITV were Norman Rossington and Charles Hawtrey, while others included Bob Monkhouse, Gerald Campion, Terence Longdon, Kenneth Williams and(…)

Carry On Spying (1964)

Carry On favourite Barbara Windsor makes her debut in this outrageous parody of the James Bond movies. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man . . . A top-secret chemical formula has been stolen by S.T.E.N.C.H (the Society for the Total Extinction of(…)

Carry On Teacher (1959)

The third in the Carry On series, Carry on Teacher was a coy, cosy look at the world of mortar-boards and chalk dust. Naturally enough it is the main team members who inject touches of manic humour and delightful prat-falling to the scenario, but with the exception of moments of babyish bickering between Hawtrey and Williams,(…)

Carry On Up The Jungle (1970)

Or “Stop Beating About The Bush”, or “Show Me Your Water Hole and I’ll Show You Mine”. An ornithological expedition up the African jungle in search of the legendary Oozalum bird finds more than expected. Lady Evelyn is searching for her long lost husband and son and finds them both, but one has turned into(…)

Carry On Up The Khyber (1968)

In India, Private Jimmy Widdle is discovered wearing underpants under his kilt, shattering the myth of Scottish invincibility that has kept the natives in line. The Khasi of Kalabar hears the news and tries to throw out the Brits. The villainous Khasi plans a rebellion against the Governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond, but the contents of(…)

Cars That Ate Paris, The (1974)

Peter Weir achieved a career high as the Oscar-nominated director of The Truman Show (1998). His directorial debut, however, could not be more different from films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1976) and Witness (1985), with which he made his reputation. The Cars That Ate Paris is a darkly comic tale of a small Australian outback town whose(…)

Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

Bafta-nominated Virginia McKenna gives an understated but well-pitched performance as Violette Szabo, a glamorous young woman whose life in London is barely affected by the Second World War until she meets and marries a French officer. But he is soon killed in action, and she finds herself drawn into espionage work, risking her life in occupied(…)

Cash on Demand (1961)

Hammer made a range of films outside the horror genre and some of them are excellent, particularly this unusual thriller reteaming Peter Cushing and André Morell who were superb in The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1958). Fordyce (Cushing), an unpopular provincial bank manager, is held up in his own office by a robber posing as an(…)

Casino (1995)

Drama based on a true story and set in Las Vegas in 1973 about the multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes, as well as lives, were made and lost. The action centres around the fictional Tangiers Casino run by Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, his wife Ginger and his friend Nicky Santoro. Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein Robert De(…)

Casino Royale (1967)

Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale retained nothing but its title in this free-for-all spoof of the successful James Bond industry. Though the book was the first of the Bond thrillers to appear in print, the film chose to feature 007 as an ageing agent who comes out of retirement when asked to help curtail the deadly activities of SMERSH.(…)

Castle, The (1968)

Maximilian Schell plays an anonymous stranger called “K” who arrives at a strange village and claims he is the new land surveyor for a nearby castle. However, K meets one obstacle after another and soon discovers he can not gain access to the castle. It’s a conflict with bureaucracy all the way as his repeated(…)

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