Carry On Screaming!
|Carry On Screaming!|
Original UK quad poster
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Starring||Harry H. Corbett|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Edited by||Rod Keys|
Peter Rogers Productions
|Distributed by||Warner – Pathé Distribution (UK)|
Carry On Screaming! is a British comedy and the twelfth film in the series of Carry On films to be made and was released in 1966. It was the last of the series to be made by Anglo-Amalgamated before the series moved to The Rank Organisation. Of the regular cast, it features Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw and Peter Butterworth. It also features Harry H. Corbett in his only series appearance and Fenella Fielding making her second and final appearance. Angela Douglas makes the second of her four "Carry On" appearances. Carry On Screaming is a parody of the Hammer horror films, which were also popular at the time.
The film opens in Edwardian times in Hocombe Woods, where Doris Mann (Angela Douglas) and Albert Potter (Jim Dale) are courting. When Albert searches the woods for a Peeping Tom, Doris is abducted by a monster named Oddbod (Tom Clegg), which leaves a finger behind. Albert, finding the finger, rushes to the police station and reports the matter to Detective Constable Slobotham (Peter Butterworth), who in turn tells his superior, the henpecked Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung (Harry H. Corbett), who has been investigating similar disappearances in the same woods.
After searching the woods for further clues, the group stumble across the eerie Bide-A-Wee Rest Home, and are shown to the sitting-room by the butler, Sockett (Bernard Bresslaw). Sockett informs the mistress of the house, Valeria (Fenella Fielding), of their presence, and she awakens her electrically-charged brother, Dr. Orlando Watt (Kenneth Williams). Dr Watt speaks to the three men, who are frightened from the house when Dr. Watt vanishes and re-appears when his electrical charge runs down.
The next day, Bung, Slobotham and Potter interview Dan Dann, a lavatory man (Charles Hawtrey), who once worked at Bide-A-Wee as a gardener but is silenced by Oddbod before he can reveal anything. Meanwhile, the police scientist (Jon Pertwee) accidentally creates a second creature—Oddbod Junior (Billy Cornelius)—when subjecting Oddbod's finger to an electrical charge. After killing the scientist, Oddbod Junior makes his way to the mansion, where Valeria and Watt are turning people into mannequins in the manner of House of Wax to sell. Bung arrives at the house to investigate Dann's death, but becomes infatuated with Valeria instead.
The next day, Potter discovers Doris—in mannequin form—in a milliner's shop but no proof can be found that it really is Doris. Bung returns to the house and discovers evidence that links Valeria and Watt to the mannequin but remains oblivious. Believing him to be on their scent, Valeria and Watt use a potion to turn Bung into Mr. Hyde and order him to steal the mannequin for them. After recovering the next day, Bung and Slobotham decide to set a trap in Hocombe Woods, with Slobotham disguised as a woman for bait. Bung's sharp-tongued wife, Emily (Joan Sims), follows, thinking Bung to be having an affair and is captured by Oddbod Junior, whilst Slobotham is captured by Oddbod. Bung, now teamed up with Potter, makes his way to the house whilst following their footprints.
After failing to dispose of Bung and Potter with a snake, the Oddbods are dispatched to deal with them. Bung and Potter are re-united with Slobotham and manage to return Doris to human form but discover that Emily has been turned into a mannequin. A battle follows, in which Albert (in Mr. Hyde form) defeats the Oddbods. Dr. Watt menaces them with petrifying liquid but is threatened by the re-animated mummy of Rubbatiti, which has come alive following a lightning strike. Rubbatiti and Watt fall into a boiling vat in the cellar, killing them both. Albert and Doris marry some time later, only to discover that Bung, whose home lacks electricity, is unable to return his wife to human form, and is now living with Valeria.
Carry On Screaming was the second film in the series to have a sung main title theme - and the last until Carry On Emmanuelle in 1978. The theme song "Carry On Screaming" (film version only) was credited as "Anon" and was thought to have been sung by Jim Dale, who appears in the film. The singer is actually Ray Pilgrim, a session singer who sang for the Embassy label. A vinyl 45 rpm version of the song was also released in 1966 (Columbia DB 7972) by vocalist Boz Burrell, before he became bassist for the bands King Crimson and Bad Company.
Charles Hawtrey was added to the cast at the eleventh hour, after American distributors specifically requested him, as he was such a hit and crowd-pleaser with audiences there. He replaced Sydney Bromley in the role of Dan Dann.
- Harry H. Corbett – Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung
- Kenneth Williams – Dr Orlando Watt
- Jim Dale – Albert Potter
- Charles Hawtrey – Dan Dann
- Fenella Fielding – Valeria Watt
- Joan Sims – Emily Bung
- Angela Douglas – Doris Mann
- Bernard Bresslaw – Sockett
- Peter Butterworth – Detective Constable Slobotham
- Jon Pertwee – Doctor Fettle
- Michael Ward – Mr Vivian
- Tom Clegg – Oddbod
- Billy Cornelius – Oddbod Junior
- Norman Mitchell – Cabby
- Frank Thornton – Mr Jones
- Frank Forsyth – Desk Sergeant
- Anthony Sagar – Policeman
- Sally Douglas – Girl
- Marianne Stone – Mrs Parker
- Denis Blake – Rubbatiti
- Gerald Thomas – Voice of Oddbod Junior (uncredited)
Filming and locations
- Filming dates: 10 January – 25 February 1966
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
- Windsor, Berkshire
- Fulmer, Buckinghamshire
- Rigelsford 1996, p. 61.
- Ross 1998, p. 152.
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- Ross, Robert (1998) . The Carry On Companion. London: Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-8439-X.
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- Carry On Screaming! at Rotten Tomatoes
- Carry On Screaming at The Whippit Inn
- Carry On Screaming! at the British Film Institute
- Carry On Screaming! at the BFI's Screenonline
- Carry On Screaming! at BritMovie (archived)
- Ray Pilgrim recalls the recording of the “Carry On Screaming” title song