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Carry On? No Thanks [Jul. 8th, 2009|09:09 am]
Tony Grist
I seem to have spent the night dreaming I was remaking the Carry On films- which was an odd thing for me to be doing seeing how much I hate them.

Actually that's not quite true. I don't hate them; I just wouldn't want to have to sit through a whole one. As socio-cultural artefacts that document the mid-20th century British obsession with bodily functions I find them fascinating.  And the odd clip or two never did anybody any harm. "Infamy, infamy- they've all got it in for me!"-  that's still the most outrageous joke ever committed to celluloid.  But were we really all so gormless about sex on the cusp of the swinging sixties- so ineptly lubricious, so trouser-poppingly repressed? I'm sure I was.  And that's probably why I can't bear to view them except at arms length- with tongs.  Jim Dale, c'est moi.

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-07-08 02:25 pm (UTC)
Better than being Sid James.

ooh Matron!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-08 06:26 pm (UTC)
I was watching an interview with his daughter the other day. Apparently he was very different from his on screen persona. For one think he didn't go "phwoooar", he giggled.
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[User Picture]From: silverhawkdruid
2009-07-09 08:07 am (UTC)
Have to agree with your observations, though I must admit I love them, much as a person loves an eccentric uncle. :-) My favourites of them are the black and white ones, which weren't so reliant on sexual innuendo. Carry on Teacher is my favourite, with Carry on Regardless a very close second, and Carry on Cabby third. I am actually in the process of collecting them all on DVD and have 15 of the 30 so far. I already have them all on video, but haven't had a video player for several years, sadly, so time for an upgrade.

Another reason I have a soft spot for them is that my dad once told me that one of their bit-part actors, Julian Orchard, was the son of my childhood doctor, so I used to love playing 'Spot Julian' in the films. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-07-09 08:45 am (UTC)
I'm very fond of Kenneth Williams. Mainly, I suppose, because I grew up listening to his radio work. He too had a love/hate relationship with the Carry Ons.

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From: wokenbyart
2009-07-13 11:31 am (UTC)
I used to watch these films as a child and really couldn't even stand them then! I expect Americans probably like them more than we Brits do!
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