The first Carry On costume comedy, and only the second in colour; mock mutinies, plank-walkings and general mayhem ensue as the Carry On team attempt to take on the might of the Spanish Armada.
The year is 1805, and aboard the good ship HMS Venus is Captain Fearless (Kenneth Williams), who hates the sea and can’t stand violence.
There is also a stowaway in the shapely form of Sally (Juliet Mills), who wants to find her long-lost love, but settles for Midshipman Poop-Decker instead (Bernard Cribbins).
A mutinous crew puts Poop-Decker, his Captain, his sweetheart and his best friend overboard.
Bernard Cribbins in the lead role doesn’t carry the same clout as Sid James at his distastefully smutty best, but longtime Carry On director Gerald Thomas manages to keep the fun shipshape and Bristol fashion, so it’s still a must for die-hard fans.
Mr. Angel (Bos’un)
Admiral Horatio Nelson
Don Luis, Spanish Governor