Carrying On presents the complete story of the Carry Ons, which have made Britain laugh for generations on film, television, and stage, and of the unique British filmmaking partnership of producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas. Writer and film historian Ian Fryer takes us on a journey into the glorious days of classic British humor, bringing to life the Carry On films and the vibrant, fascinating world of comedy from which they sprang.
This lively and entertaining book presents detailed histories of the thirty-one Carry On films, revealing a cinematic legacy that is often more clever and complex than expected—from the post-war optimism of Carry On Sergeant and Carry On Nurse, via mini-epics such as Carry On Cleo, all the way to the smut-tinged 1970s. Carrying On also turns the spotlight onto the host of other productions the Rogers and Thomas partnership brought to the screen along with detailed biographies of legendary Carry On stars, such as Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, and Barbara Windsor who have brought fun and laughter to millions for decades.
Introduction: Carrying On, Regardless; Before the Carry Ons: The Early Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas Films; Circus Friends; The Passionate Stranger; After the Ball; Time Lock; The Vicious Circle; The Duke Wore Jeans; Chain of Events; The Solitary Child; The Carry On Films; Carry On Sergeant; Carry On Nurse; Carry On Teacher; Carry On Constable; Carry On Regardless; Carry On Cruising; Carry On Cabby; Carry On Jack; Carry On Spying; Carry On Cleo; Carry On Cowboy; Carry On Screaming; Don’t Lose Your Head; Follow That Camel; Carry On Doctor; Carry On Up the Khyber; Carry On Camping; Carry On Again Doctor; Carry On Up the Jungle; Carry On Loving; Carry On Henry; Carry On At Your Convenience; Carry On Matron; Carry On Abroad; Carry On Girls; Carry On Dick; Carry On Behind; Carry On England; That’s Carry On; Carry On Emmannuelle; Carry On Trying: The Lost Carry On Projects; Carry On Dallas; Carry On Down Under; Carry On Again Nurse; The Second Victory; Carry On Columbus; Beyond the Carry Ons: the other Rogers and Thomas Comedies; Please Turn Over; Watch Your Stern; No Kidding; Raising the Wind; Twice Round the Daffodils; The Iron Maiden; Nurse on Wheels; The Big Job; Carry On Biographies; Kenneth Williams; Joan Sims; Charles Hawtrey; Sidney James; Kenneth Connor; Peter Butterworth; Hattie Jacques; Bernard Bresslaw; Jim Dale; Barbara Windsor; Patsy Rowlands; Jack Douglas; Terry Scott; Leslie Phillips; Music Maestros: The Carry On Composers; Bruce Montgomery; Eric Rogers; References