“Never mind whose knickers they were.”
The Carry On team is unleashed in Africa–the “land of unbridled passions” in the hilarious film, Carry On Up the Jungle. A team of British subjects–led by safari guide Bill Boosey (Sid James) goes deep into the heart of the jungle. Professor Inago Tinkle (Frankie Howerd) and his assistant, Lord Chumley (Kenneth Connor) are on a quest to discover a rare and supposedly extinct bird. Lady Evelyn Bagley (Joan Sims) is searching for her husband and baby who both disappeared 20 years before.
During their adventures, safari members run into a curious gorilla, a chubby, lonely Tarzan (Terry Scott), and a fierce tribe of Cannibals–the Noshers (“keep hoping they don’t like stuffing!”). Bill Boosey’s secret drinking is constantly interrupted by the latest safari disaster, and Lady Evelyn assumes she’s the centre of all the pent-up male desire in the camp.
Kenneth Williams is absent from this Carry On film, but Frankie Howerd plays one of the lead comic roles. Howerd was an extremely popular and saucy British comedian who had his own television series Up Pompeii. And while Kenneth Williams’ absence is noted, Howerd is extremely good in this role as the fussy ornithologist. Bernard Bresslaw plays the guide Upsidaisi, and Charles Hawtrey also appears in a small role.
For those unfamiliar with Carry On films–Carry On films were a series of extremely popular lowbrow British comedy films that were made over the course of about 30 years. The Carry On team was comprised of regulars who represented the best British comedic talent of the day. New faces were added for each film, and the viewer could always count on being entertained by the cliche-ridden jokes loaded with double entendre. Carry On Up the Jungle isn’t the strongest entry in the series, but it’s all good-natured fun for fans.