What a Carry On! The Best and Worst of the Movies

Carry On… up the Khyber (1968)

A big box office hit and one of the best scripted of the series, this send-up of colonial adventuring and class differences features Sid James as provincial governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond, facing an anti-British rebellion stoked by Kenneth Williams’ Khasi of Kalabar.

The best gag is the extended scene where the governor dines calmly as the embassy collapses around him.

Carry On Camping (1969)

The biggest box-office hit of 1969 and voted the public’s favourite Carry On in 2008, this tale of a disappointing trip to what is supposed to be a nudist colony by the ever-randy Sid Boggle (Sid James) and his easily-led sidekick Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw), rather carries the seeds of the decline of the franchise; yes, the scene where Babs’ top flies off is a classic moment, but it’s a cheap laugh.

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