Carry On Cowboy

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Carry On Cowboy
Carry On Cowboy FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Produced by Peter Rogers
Written by Talbot Rothwell
Starring Sid James
Kenneth Williams
Jim Dale
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Sims
Angela Douglas
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Rod Keys
Production
company
Anglo-Amalgamated
Peter Rogers Productions
Distributed by Warner-Pathé
Release dates November 1965
Running time 93 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £195,000

Carry On Cowboy is the eleventh in the series of Carry On films to be made. It was released in 1965 and was the first film to feature series regulars Peter Butterworth and Bernard Bresslaw. Series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims all feature and Angela Douglas makes the first of her four appearances in the series.

Plot[edit]

Outlaw Johnny Finger, better known as The Rumpo Kid (Sid James), rides into the frontier-town of Stodge City, and immediately guns down three complete strangers, orders alcohol at the saloon - horrifying Judge Burke (Kenneth Williams), the teetotal Mayor of Stodge City - and kills the town's sheriff, Albert Earp (Jon Pertwee). Rumpo then takes over the saloon, courting its former owner, the sharp-shooting Belle (Joan Sims), and turns the town into a base for thieves and cattle-rustlers.

In Washington DC, Englishman Marshal P. Knutt (Jim Dale), a "sanitation engineer first class", arrives in America in the hope of revolutionising the American sewage system. He accidentally walks into the office of the Commissioner, thinking it to be the Public Works Department, and is mistaken for a US Peace Marshal, and is promptly sent out to Stodge City.

The Rumpo Kid hears of the new Marshal, and tries all he can to kill the Marshal without being caught, including sending out a pack of Indians, led by their Chief Big Heap (Charles Hawtrey) and hanging the Marshal after framing him for cattle rustling. Knutt is saved by the prowess of Annie Oakley (Angela Douglas), who has arrived in Stodge to avenge Earp's death and has taken a liking to Knutt.

Eventually, Knutt runs Rumpo out of town, but once Rumpo discovers that Knutt really is a sanitary engineer and not the Peace Marshal he once thought, he swears revenge, returning to Stodge City for a showdown at high noon. By hiding in the sewers beneath the main street, Knutt kills off Rumpo's gang, but fails to capture Rumpo, who escapes with the aid of Belle.

Music[edit]

Douglas has a nightclub scene in which she sings "This is the Night for Love".

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
  • Music – Eric Rogers
  • Songs – Eric Rogers & Alan Rogers
  • Associate Producer – Frank Bevis
  • Art Director – Bert Davey
  • Editor – Rod Keys
  • Director of Photography – Alan Hume
  • Camera Operator – Godfrey Godar
  • Assistant Director – Peter Bolton
  • Unit Manager – Ron Jackson
  • Make-up – Geoffrey Rodway
  • Sound Editor – Jim Groom
  • Sound Recordists – Robert T MacPhee & Ken Barker
  • Hairdressing – Stella Rivers
  • Costume Designer – Cynthia Tingey
  • Assistant Editor – Jack Gardner
  • Horse Master – Jeremy Taylor
  • Continuity – Gladys Goldsmith
  • Producer – Peter Rogers
  • Director – Gerald Thomas

Filming and locations[edit]

  • Filming dates – 12 July-3 September 1965

Interiors:

Exteriors:

  • Chobham Common, Surrey
  • Black Park, Fulmer, Buckinghamshire

Bibliography[edit]

  • Davidson, Andy (2012). Carry On Confidential. London: Miwk. ISBN 978-1908630018. 
  • Sheridan, Simon (2011). Keeping the British End Up – Four Decades of Saucy Cinema. London: Titan Books. ISBN 978-0857682796. 
  • Webber, Richard (2009). 50 Years of Carry On. London: Arrow. ISBN 978-0099490074. 
  • Hudis, Norman (2008). No Laughing Matter. London: Apex. ISBN 978-1906358150. 
  • Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan (third edition) (2007) (Reynolds & Hearn Books)
  • Ross, Robert (2002). The Carry On Companion. London: Batsford. ISBN 978-0713487718. 
  • Bright, Morris; Ross, Robert (2000). Mr Carry On – The Life & Work of Peter Rogers. London: BBC Books. ISBN 978-0563551836. 
  • Rigelsford, Adrian (1996). Carry On Laughing – a celebration. London: Virgin. ISBN 1-85227-554-5. 
  • Hibbin, Sally & Nina (1988). What a Carry On. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 978-0600558194. 
  • Eastaugh, Kenneth (1978). The Carry On Book. London: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0715374030. 

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