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Carry On Columbus (1992)

Lisbon 1492: Christopher Columbus (Jim Dale) sets sail with his brother Bart (Peter Richardson) and a motley crew, made up mostly of refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, to discover a direct sea route to the Far East.

He does not realise that two spies, planted by the Sultan of Turkey, are on board.

With many of the original Carry On regulars (Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor) no longer with us or (sensibly) otherwise engaged, it was left to more contemporary comedians such as Alexei Sayle, Julian Clary, Rik Mayall and Tony Slattery to put the final nail in the Carry On coffin with a cacophony of puerile jokes and plenty of general atrociousness.

The new cast members look dreadfully embarrassed to be here and contribute wooden performances. Maureen Lipman is equally awful as Esmeralda.

The movie mainly fails because the Carry On films are part of British comedy nostalgia, and, like many other historic things (the three-day week, the Blitz, rationing), they are probably best remembered rather than re-created.

Perhaps the other reason this flopped is that the supposedly serious Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, with Marlon Brando, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tom Selleck, released in the same year, was much funnier.

Christopher Columbus
Jim Dale
Peter Richardson
Alexei Sayle
Sara Crowe
Julian Clary
Mordecai Mendoza
Bernard Cribbins
Don Felipe
Richard Wilson
Keith Allen
Nigel Planer
Rik Mayall
Andrew Bailey
Burt Kwouk
Tony Slattery
Countess Esme
Maureen Lipman
Holly Aird
Duke of Costa Brava
Jon Pertwee
King Ferdinand of Spain
Leslie Phillips
Queen Isabella
June Whitfield
Martin Clunes

Gerald Thomas