HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Lego Batman Movie, The
Stockholm My Love
Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.
Moulin Rouge
Morgan
Deathstalker
Harmonium
Alice
Pop Pirates
Sully
Tsunambee
Aftermath
Satan's Blood
John Wick: Chapter 2
Death in the Garden
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The
Tatie Danielle
Toni Erdmann
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith
Ironmaster
Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space, The
Disorderlies
Vision, The
Tall Guy, The
Stunt Squad
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
In the Doghouse
Gold
Serpico
   
 
Newest Articles
And Then? 6 Hollywood Films That Should Have Had Sequels But Didn't
Approaching Menace: The Frighteners on DVD
Oz Factor: Strange Australia on the Cusp of the 80s
Dynamic Dozen: 80s Action in 12 Movies Part 2
Dynamic Dozen: 80s Action in 12 Movies Part 1
Manor On Movies: The Unguarded Moment (1956)
Manor On Movies: Curse Of The Dead (1961)
Q & A with San Francisco Silent Film Festival artistic director Anita Monga
Put Your Bigfoot In It: Bigfoot on Film
Maulin' the Jack: The Jack the Ripper Story Bastardized
   
 
  Carry On Cruising Buy this film here.
Year: 1962
Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Dilys Laye, Liz Fraser, Esma Cannon, Lance Percival
Genre: Comedy
Rating:  6 (from 3 votes)
Review: The Sixth Carry On was launched on the back of the early sixties fashion for holiday cruises, and is noticable for being the first Carry On filmed in glorious Eastman Colour.

Plot synopsis: Captain Crowther (Sid James) is surprised to find that most of his crew aboard this sailing of the SS Happy Wanderer are new - including the doctor, first officer, chef, chief steward, and barman. Aware that he's up for promotion to the trans-atlantic fleet, Captain Crowther is keen to have a trouble-free voyage.

What he didn't count on was chef Wilfred Hains (Lance Percival) suffering so much from sea-sickness that he can't look at the soup without feeling nauseous; Doctor Binn (Kenneth Connor) falling for one of the passengers, and being more interested in operating on Flo (Dilys Laye) than his patients; First Officer Majorbanks (Kenneth Williams) mixing ineptitude with condescention; and worst of all, no respite in alcohol - the previous barman was the only one able to mix his favourite tipple, the Aberdeen Angus!

One by one, they embarrass and disappoint him, and their efforts to get back into his good books only serve to make the situation worse.....

This entry in the Carry On series isn't often spoken about with glowing reports, and the reasons for this are two-fold. Firstly, the script, penned by Norman Hudis, seems to fall pretty neatly between the early gentle comedies of the late 50s (on which previous Carry On films traded so well) and the double-entendre laden gems of the Talbot Rothwell era. As such, it feels like a film that should be funnier than it is, or maybe gentler and more innocent than it tries to be.

Secondly, setting the film aboard ship confined the action to a very tight scope, and as we saw 30 years later with Carry On Columbus, Carry On humour needs space to work.

It's not a bad film, don't get me wrong. There are a number of Carry On efforts I'd pass over for the chance to watch Cruising again - and not just for the wonderful scene where Esma Cannon gets slowly plastered. But it's certainly not one of the strongest in the series.
Reviewer: Paul Shrimpton

 

This review has been viewed 3759 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Gerald Thomas  (1920 - 1993)

British director responsible for every film in the Carry On series. Started as an assistant editor before debuting with the childrens' film Circus Friends. Thriller Timelock followed, but the success of 1958’s bawdy Carry On Sergeant launched one of the most successful series in British cinema. Thomas directed 30 Carry On films up until 1978’s Carry On Emmannuelle, returning in 1992 to deliver his final film, Carry On Columbus. Other films include the Carry On-esque Nurse on Wheels and The Big Job, plus the big screen version of Bless this House.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Bernard Cribbins
Tom Cruise
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Shrimpton
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Rachel Franke
  Desbris M
Stately Wayne Manor
Keith Rockmael
   

 

Last Updated: