Carry On Behind (1975)

 “I am going around camp looking for scrubbers.”

A motley assortment of fun-seeking holidaymakers crowd into a grotty caravan park in the British comedy film Carry On Behind. Ernie Bragg (Jack Douglas) and Fred Ramsden (Windsor Davies) have left their wives behind for a ‘fishing holiday.’ Ernie and Fred are supposed to be catching fish, but they’re really after the two girls in the next tent. Arthur Upmore (Bernard Bresslaw) and his wife Linda (Patsy Rowlands) brought her miserable mother, Daphne Barnes (Joan Sims) along on holiday. Another couple insisted on bringing their huge, roaming Irish Wolfhound, and there’s also a smut-talking Mynah bird on the loose. But along with all the holidaymakers, stuffy Professor Roland Crump (Kenneth Williams) and Russian “Roman expert” archeology Professor Anna Vooshka (Elke Sommer) descend upon the campsite in order to conduct excavations of newly discovered Roman ruins.

behindIn many ways, this Carry On script seems a little tired. If the film reminds you of an attempt to recapture the magic of Carry On Camping, you’d be correct. Carry On Behind was even filmed in the same field. Of course the fact that many of the regulars are missing, doesn’t help. Kenneth Connor plays Major Leap–the lecherous owner of the caravan park, and Peter Butterworth plays Henry Barnes–the park’s sly handyman. But Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor are all missing. Kenneth Williams has a decent role, but it’s, surprisingly, Elke Sommer who steals (and carries) the film with a marvelous performance. One of the film’s ongoing, best jokes is Professor Vooshka’s broken English. She and Professor Crump are forced to share a caravan, and of course, he’s horrified at the idea. But she delivers some great lines with splendid aplomb and manages to salvage the film with her spotty command of English: “You think you are getting crumpet.” “In this caravan, you not getting much crumpet.” “I am wanting you very badly.” “It’s wrong for lady showing her knickers in public.”

For those unfamiliar with Carry On films, Carry On films were a successful, extremely popular series of lowbrow British comedies that were made over a series of decades. The Carry On team was composed of the best talent in British comedy, and new faces were added to each film.

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