The highlight has to be the final dinner sequence. In typically English
fashion Sir Sidney decides to have dinner despite a full scale assault
being launched on the mansion. During this sequence some of the highlights
are, Joan Sims delivering the line:
seem to be a little plastered’
being hit post falling masonry
Butterworth remarking on the ‘terrible noise’ to which Sid
it’s dreadful – they’re not a first class orchestra
– mind you they’re doing their best’
someone who has not seen the film or has but isn’t British these
lines will not doubt be lost – but for straight forward no holes
barred slapstick comedy – boy was it ahead of its day.
film contains one of the most funny locations of any film anywhere!
The Khyber Pass in India is actually filmed in the green rolling hills
of Wales, I'm not sure if they meant to leave the 'Please shut the gate'
sign on or not! The Extras, seen at the Khyber Pass, who are dressed
as local "natives" look like locals that have been paid to
wear Turbans for the day, and the make up department haven't even applied
make up. If it were not so funny, then it just would not be the 'Carry
On' it is. You just know too, that they must have had a great laugh
trying to pull this one off. Pure admiration.
have commented on the overtly ‘patriotic’ writing on the
flag at the end on the movie which says ‘I’m backing Britain’
– well hey sue me, but at least someone was proud to be British
then – well done Gerald. Our present prime minister would have
several focus groups on the issue and then decide on a comprise along
the lines of:
think in principal we can endorse, at least the concept, of semi inclusive
backing – reliant on further investigation’
wonder how you would get that all on a flag Gordon...