Carry On (film series)
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Norman Hudis 1958–1962
Talbot Rothwell 1963–1974
|Music by||Bruce Montgomery (1958–1962)
Eric Rogers (1963–1975 and 1978)
Max Harris (1976)
|Release date(s)||1958–1978, 1992|
|Running time||Estimated at 2700 minutes|
The Carry On films are a sequence of 31 low-budget British comedy motion pictures produced between 1958 and 1992. The films' humour was in the British comic tradition of the music hall and seaside postcards. Producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas drew on a regular group of actors, the Carry On team, that included Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Hattie Jacques, Terry Scott, Bernard Bresslaw, Barbara Windsor, Jack Douglas and Jim Dale.
The stock-in-trade of Carry On film's humour was innuendo and the gentle mockery of British institutions and customs, such as the National Health Service (Nurse, Doctor, Again Doctor, Matron), the monarchy (Henry), the Empire (Up the Khyber), the military (Carry On Sergeant, England) and the trades unions (At Your Convenience). Others were a parody of other films, including Cleopatra (Cleo), Hammer horror films (Screaming) and James Bond (Spying). Although the films were very often panned by critics, they proved very popular with audiences.
The Carry On series contains the largest number of films of any British series, and next to the James Bond films, it is the second longest continually running UK film series (with a fourteen-year hiatus between 1978 and 1992). From 1958 to 1966 Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd produced 12 films, with Rank Organisation making the remaining 19 between 1967 and 1992. All the films were made at Pinewood Studios.
The series began with Carry On Sergeant (1958) and finally ended with Carry On Columbus (1992). Producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas made all 31 films, usually on time and to a strict budget, and often employed the same crew. Between 1958 and 1992, the series employed seven writers, most often Norman Hudis (1958–1962) and Talbot Rothwell (1963–1974). In between the films, Rogers and Thomas produced Four Christmas specials in 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973, a thirteen episode television series in 1975 and various West End stage shows which later toured the regions.
The films' humour was in the British comic tradition of the music hall and seaside postcards. Many of them parodied more serious films — in the case of Carry On Cleo (1964), the Burton and Taylor film Cleopatra (1963).
The stock-in-trade of Carry On humour was innuendo and the sending-up of British institutions and customs, such as the National Health Service (Nurse, Doctor, Again Doctor, Matron), the monarchy (Henry), the Empire (Up the Khyber), the military (Sergeant) and the trade unions (At Your Convenience) as well as the Hammer horror film (Screaming), camping (Camping), foreigners (Abroad), beauty contests (Girls), and caravan holidays (Behind) among others. Although the films were very often panned by critics, they proved very popular with audiences.
The series began with Carry On Sergeant (1958), about a group of recruits on National Service, and was sufficiently successful that others followed. A film had appeared the previous year under the title Carry on Admiral; although this was a comedy in a similar vein (with Joan Sims in the cast) it has no connection to the series. There was also an unrelated 1937 film Carry On London, starring future Carry On performer Eric Barker.
The cast were poorly paid — around £5,000 per film for a principal performer. In his diaries, Kenneth Williams lamented this and criticised several of the movies despite his declared fondness for the series as a whole. Peter Rogers, the series' producer, acknowledged: "Kenneth was worth taking care of, because while he cost very little [...] he made a very great deal of money for the franchise."
|1958||Carry On Sergeant||Norman Hudis.||Bruce Montgomery||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd.||£74,000||Sergeant was based on the novel The Bull Boys by R.F. Delderfield, with additional material by John Antrobus. It was the only film of the series to feature Bob Monkhouse, who played the leading role, with William Hartnell as the titular sergeant. The film also introduced Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques and Terry Scott to the series. Production lasted for two months, commencing in March 1958 and finishing in May and was released in August 1958. Sergeant was third in the box office ratings for that month.|
|1959||Carry On Nurse||Norman Hudis||Bruce Montgomery||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£71,000||Nurse was based on the play Ring For Catty by Patrick Cargill and Jack Beal, It was the first film in the series to star Joan Sims. It became the most commercially successful film in the series with the critic Dilys Powell commenting that the film was "a welcome breath of good, vulgar, music hall fun, no connected plot to speak of and, in its series of comic or farcical incidents, some excellent playing". Production commenced in November 1958 and finishing the following month. The film was released in March 1959.|
|1959||Carry On Teacher||Norman Hudis||Bruce Montgomery||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£78,000||Teacher starred the popular radio comedian Ted Ray, who was recruited by Peter Rogers thanks to his success on radio during World War II. Ray, who was under contract to ABC Films at the time, proved to be popular with Carry On audiences on its general release and, as a result, Rogers intended to cast him in future films. However, ABC producers, enraged at Ray's success for a rival producer, demanded he stop appearing in the Carry Ons, and threatened Rogers with legal action, forcing him to find another lead actor. Production lasted a month, commencing in November 1958 and finishing the following month. The film was released in March 1959.|
|1960||Carry On Constable||Norman Hudis||Bruce Montgomery||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£82,000||Additional writing material was supplied by John Antrobus and Brock Williams, but both efforts were omitted from the final script. As inspiration, Hudis worked closely with officers from Slough police station, where at the time there was a flu pandemic and used this as a basis for the film. Production lasted a month, commencing in November 1959 and finishing the following month. The film was released in February 1960. Reviews were mixed. A film reviewer for the Kinematograph Weekly commented "Make no mistake, Carry On Constable will give exhibitors big houses", while a correspondent at The Times stated the film had "..little to recommend it...good ideas are few, and there is material here for little more than a modest series of television sketches farcically involving the police". The first film of the series to star Sidney James, who appeared in a part originally written for Ted Ray.|
|1961||Carry On Regardless||Norman Hudis||Bruce Montgomery||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£100,000||Regardless was the first film of the series not to follow a plot and as such, consisted of a series of situational sketches. Out of the series, Regardless had the highest amount of unused material omitted from its script. Hattie Jacques was initially asked to play a leading role in the film; but illness prevented her from doing so and she was paid a fee of £100 in exchange for a minor part as the hospital matron. Taking just seven weeks to make, it was released in March 1961.|
|1962||Carry On Cruising||Norman Hudis||Bruce Montgomery||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£140,000||The screenwriter Michael Pertwee completed two scripts entitled "Carry On Flying" and "Carry On Smoking" - with the latter being based on life within a fire station. Rogers was not keen; as a potential disaster involving either an aeroplane or a fire could happen and would therefore render the film's release as "bad taste". A new script was commissioned from Rothwell who completed a draft for a camping-themed film. Again, Rogers was not keen and so asked Rothwell to adapt a film script from a short story written by Eric Barker which was based on a group of holiday makers on a cruise in the Mediterranean. Filming began on 8 January 1962 and lasted two months. Cruising was the first film of the series to be shot in colour and was released in April 1962.|
|1963||Carry On Cabby||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£149,986||Cabby was the first film in the series to star Jim Dale and a return to black and white. It was based on an original story by Dick Hills and Sid Green called Call Me a Cab. Cabby is also noted for being the first film of the series to be written by Talbot Rothwell, who took just two weeks to complete the script. At the start of filming, Charles Hawtrey could not drive so had to be taught within a week. He passed his driving test the day before shooting commenced. Filming began in March 1963 and lasted two months, with the film being released in June 1963.|
|1963||Carry On Jack||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£152,000||The second Carry On to be filmed in colour, Jack was originally intended to be a separate film from the series, and had the pre-production title "Up The Armada". However, the title was rejected by the British Board of Film Censors for being too rude. Jack was the first film of the series to be period based and had the working title of "Carry On Mate". Juliet Mills was cast having previously appeared in two of Rogers and Thomas's earlier films: Twice Round the Daffodils and Nurse on Wheels. Production started in September 1962 and finishing the following month. Jack was released in November 1962.|
|1964||Carry On Spying||Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin||Eric Rogers||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£148,000||The last film of the series to be made in black and white and the first to star Barbara Windsor. Spying was a parody of the highly successful James Bond series. Rogers registered the title "Carry On Spying" in 1962 as a result of the success Dr. No - the first James Bond film of the series. Dissatisfied with an initial script by Norman Hudis, Rogers commissioned Rothwell and Sid Colin to write the screenplay instead. Peter Rogers was threatened with legal action during the film's production as the character played by Charles Hawtrey was named James Bind. The name was changed to Charlie Bind as a result. Production on Spying started in February 1964 and finished the following month. It was released in June 1964.|
|1964||Carry On Cleo||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£194,323||"It is the most sumptuous of all the ten Carry On comedies. Not the funniest but still very funny in parts and a far bigger laugh than the more ambitious efforts of the Taylor-Burton-Harrison team" was the Daily Mail's response of Cleo upon its release in November 1964. Cleo was made just after the Hollywood feature Cleopatra; the same sets and costumes were used for Cleo after they were abandoned by American producers. Filming commenced in July and finished in August 1964. It was released in October the same year.|
|1965||Carry On Cowboy||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£195,000||The first film in the series to star Peter Butterworth and Bernard Bresslaw. The film featured a cameo by the composer Eric Rogers as the band leader in the saloon bar. Production started in July and finished in September 1965. Cowboy was released in November that year.|
|1966||Carry On Screaming!||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd||£197,500||Sidney James, who was recovering from a heart attack, was replaced by Harry H. Corbett in the lead role. The film's duration was the longest of the series, running for 98 minutes. The opening music was released on vinyl on a 45 rpm and was released in 1966. It was sung by vocalist Boz Burrell, though the version used in the film (and credited to 'Anon') was actually sung by Embassy Records session singer Ray Pilgrim. Burrell later played bass for bands King Crimson and Bad Company.|
|1966||Don't Lose Your Head||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£200,000||In 1966, Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd appointed Nat Cohen as its new managing director. Cohen disliked the Carry On series intensely, forcing producer Peter Rogers to strike a deal with Rank Organisation. The deal was sealed within days on the condition that the Carry On prefix be omitted due to its close association to Anglo Amalgamated. However, box-office takings suffered as a result on the release of Don't Lose Your Head and of the following film Follow That Camel and so the Carry On prefix was reinstated the following year.|
|1967||Follow That Camel||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£288,366||Based loosely on the P.C. Wren adventure novel Beau Geste, Peter Rogers decided to cast Phil Silvers in place of Sidney James who had suffered another minor heart attack a few months before production began. Silvers was paid a fee of £40,000 in total and was the highest fee paid to any actor in the series history.|
|1967||Carry On Doctor||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£214,000||The first medical theme–based Carry On for eight years, the first of two Carry On films to star Frankie Howerd and one which Rogers intended to be the last. Joan Sims was originally asked to play the part of "Matron" due to her earlier success playing the same part in Doctor in Clover, but the part eventually went to Hattie Jacques. With the Carry On prefix still an unfavourable title among Rank producers, Rothwell initially entitled the script "Nurse Carries on Again". Doctor was also the first of four Carry On films to benefit from illustrations on the opening credits. They were drawn by Larry, an illustrator for Punch magazine. Production started in September 1967 and finished the following month. Doctor was released in December that year.|
|1968||Carry On Up The Khyber||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£260,000||Filmed on location in Snowdonia, North Wales, Up The Khyber was the only film of the series to venture out of England for filming. Up The Khyber was voted 99th in a poll of the finest 100 films ever made by the British Film Institute. It took three days to complete the infamous dinner scene. Filming began in March and finished in May 1968. Up The Khyber was released in August 1968.|
|1969||Carry On Camping||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£208,354||Camping was perhaps one of the best known films of the series. It was filmed between October and November 1968 and held its premiere at the Metropole Victoria on 3 July 1969. Camping scored a number one at the box office for 1969. The film became infamous for the sequence in which Barbara Windsor's bra flew off during early morning exercises. So risqué was this scene, that Ireland banned the film upon its Irish release.|
|1969||Carry On Again Doctor||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£219,000||Again Doctor was the last consecutive film to star Jim Dale. Dale insisted on performing all his own stunts in the film and, as a result, broke his arm. The film's composer, Eric Rogers, makes his second on screen appearance as the trumpet player during the hospital dance sequence. Again Doctor commenced filming on 17 March 1969 and finished three weeks later at the beginning of May. Again Doctor went on general release in August 1969.|
|1970||Carry On Up The Jungle||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£210,000||Up The Jungle, had the pre-production title of "Carry On Tarzan" but was changed as the name "Tarzan" was owned by the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was the second and final film to star Frankie Howerd, whose part was originally written for Kenneth Williams. Up The Jungle went into production in October 1969 and took three weeks to make. It was released in March 1970.|
|1970||Carry On Loving||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£215,000||Rothwell wrote a script called "Carry On Courting" but was re-titled by Rogers to Carry On Loving. Loving was one of the cheapest films to make of the series, but grossed one of the biggest profits at the box-office. Dick Richards from the Daily Mirror commented that Rothwell "whipped up some funny situations" while the Daily Express predicted that "The fun lovers who have flocked to the cinema and made the other films so successful will no doubt flock to this." Filming started in May 1970, finished in June and was released in September the same year.|
|1971||Carry On Henry||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£223,000||The pre-production title was "Anne of a Thousand Lays" - and was as the title suggested; a parody of the Richard Burton film Anne of the Thousand Days. Sid James wore the same costume worn by Burton in the earlier film. Thomas managed to secure royal permission to film on the grounds of Windsor Castle - a first for any British film. Filming started in October 1970 and finished the following month. Henry was released in February 1971.|
|1971||Carry On At Your Convenience||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£220,000||The film was known as Carry On Round the Bend outside the United Kingdom. At Your Convenience was the first box office failure of the series. The failure has been attributed to the film's political theme about the trade union movement; portraying the union activists as incompetent troublemakers. A profit on the film was not made until 1976 after several international and television sales. The first of two films to star Kenneth Cope.|
|1972||Carry On Matron||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£224,995||Matron was the last medical based Carry On. Norman Hudis was asked to produce a script for what would be the 23rd film of the series. However, as a result of his membership in the Writers Guild of America, difficulties arose and the contract was never signed. Matron entered into production in October 1971 and was the first film of the series for Jack Douglas, who was paid £25 for his role which took a day to film. Filming finished in November 1971 and Matron was released in May 1972.|
|1972||Carry On Abroad||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£225,000||Filming began on 17 April 1972 and was the last Carry On to star Charles Hawtrey. Filmed entirely in England, Abroad was completed within a month and was released in December 1972. It featured the most amount of Carry On regulars with only Jim Dale and Terry Scott missing from the cast.|
|1973||Carry On Girls||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£205,962||Girls had a six-week shooting schedule which commenced on 16 April 1973 on location in Brighton. Gerald Thomas was eager to cast Kenneth Williams, although Williams turned the role down due to theatre commitments. Thomas trimmed down the role to entice Williams to join the cast, but again Williams refused. The part designated for Williams would eventually go to Jimmy Logan in what would be his second Carry On engagement. Girls was released in November 1973.|
|1974||Carry On Dick||Talbot Rothwell||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£245,000||Talbot Rothwell's contract was up for renewal and Rogers enlisted Lee Wyman and George Evans to produce a script. However, Rothwell's contract was renewed and Wyman and Evans received a credit as "Based on a treatment by...". With the pressure of producing a quality script in a limited amount of time, Talbot Rothwell was forced to retire from writing halfway through the scripts draft after suffering an attack of nervous exhaustion. It was to become his last film for the series. Dick was also to be the last entry for both Sidney James and Hattie Jacques. Dick started filming in March 1974, finished a month later and was released in July the same year.|
|1975||Carry On Behind||Dave Freeman||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£217,000||Talbot Rothwell was busy with other writing commitments when approached by Rogers for another holiday based Carry On, so Dave Freeman was enlisted to complete the screenplay for what would be the 27th film in the series. The German model Elke Sommer was cast for a fee of £30,000. The last film of the series to star Bernard Bresslaw and Patsy Rowlands. Filming began in March 1975 and lasted a month. Behind went on general release in December 1975.|
|1976||Carry On England||David Pursall and Jack Seddon||Max Harris||Rank Organisation||£250,000||Originally intended as a T.V episode for the 1975 Carry On Laughing series the previous year, writers David Pursell and Jack Seddon, we're asked to adapt their script - "The Busting of Balsy" - into a film. England was the only film of the series to be partially funded by both Rogers and Thomas as Rank refused to pay the full amount. England featured Patrick Mower in place of Sid James who had died a month before filming began in May 1976. The film took a month to make and was released in October of that year. Due to the topless nudity and one use of the word "Fokker" it was briefly released with a 'AA' certificate which excluded anyone under the age of 14, before the scenes were cut and the film passed with the traditional 'A' certificate.|
|1977||That's Carry On!||Tony Church||Eric Rogers||Rank Organisation||£30,000||Compilation film presented by Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor. This was to be Windsor's 10th and final appearance in the series. The idea for the film was inspired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's popular That's Entertainment! series of documentaries. The last film of the series to be entirely distributed by Rank who instead, co-produced alongside EMI. That's Carry On! was a box-office flop.|
|1978||Carry On Emmannuelle||Lance Peters||Eric Rogers||Hemdale||£320,000||With Rank having pulled out of the series altogether the previous year, Rogers was approached by the private investment company Cleves Investments who invested £349,000 on the new production. Rogers was keen to capitalize on the popularity of the Confessions of... series which had proved popular with British cinema audiences and so hired the Australian author Lance Peters; a prominent writer of Australian sex comedies to produce a script. Emmannuelle marked the end of an era; not only was it the last film for fourteen years, but it was also the last film of the series to star Peter Butterworth, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor and Joan Sims. Emmannuelle commenced filming in April 1978, finished the following month and was released in November the same year. Due to the increasing sexual nature of the film it was given a 'AA' certificate in the UK which excluded anyone under the age of 14.|
|1992||Carry On Columbus||Dave Freeman and John Antrobus||John Du Prez||Island World||£2,500,000||Devised and produced by John Goldstone, Columbus was the most expensive Carry On of the series. It had financial backing from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and commenced filming in April 1992. Intended to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Christopher Columbus voyage to America, Rogers commissioned Dave Freeman to produce a script in record time. A new generation of comedy actors were cast, including Rik Mayall, Keith Allen, Alexie Sayle and Julian Clary. Jim Dale returned to lead the cast and Jack Douglas featured in a small role. There were no other recognised carry On stars present. Frankie Howerd was asked to star but died two days before the start of filming.|
Unmade films 
- What a Carry On... (1961)
- Carry On Smoking (1961)—the story revolved around a fire station, and various attempts to train a bungling group of new recruits.
- Carry On Flying (1962)—scripted by Norman Hudis, about a group of RAF recruits. It got as far as pre-production before being abandoned.
- Carry On Spaceman (1962)—see section below.
- Carry On Again Nurse (1967 and two other attempts)—see section below.
- Carry On Escaping (1973)—scripted by Talbot Rothwell, a spoof of World War 2 escape films. The complete script was included in the book The Complete A-Z of Everything Carry On.
- Carry On Down Under (1980)—Gerald Thomas did some location scouting while on holiday in Australia and spoke to the Australian Film Commission. The production was abandoned when finance fell through.
- Carry on Dallas (1981)—a planned spoof of the popular US series Dallas. A script was written and casting offers made to Williams, Connor, Douglas, Sims, Hawtrey and Dale. The production was abandoned when Lorimar Productions demanded a royalty fee of 20 times the total production budget.
Carry On Spaceman 
Carry On Spaceman was to be released shortly after Carry On Regardless, in 1961. It was scripted by Norman Hudis, and was to satirise interests in the Space Race from the Western world's point of view, and was to have been shot in black and white.
The cast was to consist of three would-be astronauts who constantly bungled on their training and their mission into outer space - most likely the trio would have been played by the trinity of Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor and Leslie Phillips that had been established in Carry On Constable.
Attempts to revive Carry On Spaceman in 1962 under Denis Gifford, again by Hudis, failed, and the project was subsequently abandoned.
Carry On Again Nurse 
Three scripts were written for an intended sub-sequel to the successful Carry On Nurse film, the second installment of the Carry On series. All three attempts failed, and so the film has never been made.
The first attempt to create Carry On Again Nurse came in 1967, but was later released as Carry On Doctor. It is unclear why the film was renamed, though it is possibly because Anglo-Amalgamated Ltd owned the first 12 Carry On films, and Rank did not wish to enter a lawsuit. Despite all this, Carry On Nurse was alluded to twice in Carry On Doctor, firstly with the sub-titles (one reading Nurse Carries On Again and Death of a Daffodil), and again in a later scene with Frankie Howerd commenting on a vase of daffodils in his ward.
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A second attempt at Carry On Again Nurse came in 1979, after the franchise left Rank Films and moved to Hemdale. A completed script had been written by George Layton and Jonathan Lynn in 1977. It was cancelled due to the financial loss of Carry On Emmannuelle.
The final attempt to create Carry On Again Nurse came in 1988, with a script written by Norman Hudis (the script is included in the book The Lost Carry Ons), but with a budget of 1.5 million was deemed too expensive.
Carry On London 
A new film, Carry On London, was announced in 2003 by producer Peter Rogers and producer James Black but remained in pre-production well into 2008. The script was signed off by the production company in late March 2008, and "centred on a limousine company ferrying celebrities to an awards show." The film had several false starts, with the producers and cast changing extensively over time. Only the rather unknown Welsh actress Jynine James remained a consistent name from 2003 to 2008. Danniella Westbrook, Shaun Williamson and Burt Reynolds were also once attached to the project. In May 2006, it was announced Vinnie Jones and Shane Richie were to star in the film, which was to be directed by Peter Richardson, though Ed Bye later replaced him as the named director. At the 50th anniversary party held at Pinewood Studios in March 2008, Peter Rogers confirmed that he was planning for a series of Carry On films after London, subject to the success of the first.
In early 2009, Carry On London or Carry On Bananas was once again 'back on', with Charlie Higson attached as director, and a different more modern cast list involving Paul O'Grady (as the acidic Kenneth Williamsesque character), Jynine James, Lenny Henry, Justin Lee Collins, Jennifer Ellison (as the saucy Barbara Windsor type), Liza Tarbuck (Hattie Jacques), Meera Syal, James Dreyfus, and Frank Skinner (filling in the Sid James role). Despite new media interest and sets being constructed at Pinewood film studios the film once again was put on hold. Following the death of series producer Peter Rogers the project was shelved. The company set up to produce the film Carry On London LTD was undergoing liquidation proceedings as of February 2010.
Non-Carry On films 
Please Turn Over (1959), Watch Your Stern (1960), No Kidding (1960), Raising the Wind (1961), Twice Round the Daffodils (1962), Nurse on Wheels (1963), The Big Job (1965) and the television programme spin-off Bless This House (1972) were all also directed by Gerald Thomas and produced by Peter Rogers and utilised the same writers and some of the same cast and crew of the Carry On films. They are not part of the Carry On series.
Carry on Admiral (1957), which has Joan Sims in the cast, is a comedy in a similar vein although it has no connection to the series. There was also an unrelated 1937 film Carry On London, starring future Carry On performer Eric Barker.
In 1971, Music For Pleasure released a long playing record Oh! What a Carry On! (MFP MONO 1416) featuring songs performed by Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Kenneth Connor, Frankie Howerd, Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor, and Dora Bryan.
Stage shows 
|1973–1975||Carry On London||Victoria Palace Theatre||Talbot Rothwell, Dave Freeman and Eric Merriman||Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Bernard Bresslaw, and Jack Douglas.|
|1976||Carry On Laughing||Royal Opera House in Scarborough||Sam Cree||Jack Douglas, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, and Liz Fraser|
|1992||Wot a Carry On In Blackpool||Barry Cryer and Dick Vosburgh.||Barbara Windsor and Bernard Bresslaw.|
A 50-minute television documentary What's a Carry On? was made in 1998 for the 40th anniversary of the first film. It included archive clips, out-takes and interviews with surviving cast members. It was included as an extra on the DVD release of Carry On Emmannuelle .
A two-hour radio documentary Carry On Forever!, presented by Leslie Phillips, was broadcast in two parts on BBC Radio 2 in two parts on 19–20 July 2010.
References in other media 
The success of the Carry On series occasionally led to affectionate parodies of the series by other contemporary comedians:
- In The Spitting Image Book, released in 1985, there is a reference to a fictitious made-for-TV film entitled Carry On Up the Rectum, satirising the transparency of the puns used for Carry On Up the Khyber and possibly Carry On Up the Jungle.
- Harry Enfield's mockumentary Norbert Smith – a Life (1989) includes a clip from an imagined Carry On film, Carry On Banging (a parody of the more risque approach of the later Carry On films, such as Carry On Dick and Carry On Emmannuelle). The setting is the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp of the 1980s. Three genuine Carry On actors appear in the spoof: Barbara Windsor, Jack Douglas and Kenneth Connor.[unreliable source?]
- A Flash sceen of the end shot of Carry on Cowboy is used in series two of The Young Ones
Falcon De Luxe a UK company owned by Jumbo Games released a jigsaw based on the official Carry On movie posters. The jigsaw is a montage of numerous movie posters along with the main movie logo in the center.
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