On the cusp of international fame, Sean Connery took a lead role in this star-studded film adaptation of R.F. Delderfield's story of a couple of lovable service dodgers who become accidental heroes. On the Fiddle is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Tricked into joining the RAF by a wily judge, wide boy Horace Pope sets his sights on the main chance, teams with slow-witted, good-hearted gypsy Pedlar Pascoe, and work...
Includes: Watch Your Stern: When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman the crew of the ship rally round when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist. No Kidding: A young married couple inherit an estate and decide to turn it into a summer camp for children. Crooks Anonymous: An habitual criminal enrolls in a recovery program based on the AA system. He gets a job as Father Christmas in a department store and finds temptation everywhere.
Adapted from the play Something About a Sailor by Earle Couttie Watch Your Stern is again from the responsible for the Carry On series and retains the same winning comic formula. Accident-prone ship's steward Officer Blissworth (Kenneth Connor) manages to destroy the blueprints to a top-secret homing torpedo project. Along with his equally inadequate commanding officer Captain Foster (Eric Barker) their only hope is to get another set bound for London. But when Admiral Sir Humphrey Pettigrew (Noel Purcell) turns up they try to cover up their mistake by presenting him with a set of plans that detail the ship's refrigeration system. When they discover a female naval scientist Miss Potter (Hattie Jacques) is due to arrive for torpedo testing Blissworth is forced to dress in drag and impersonate her. Blissworth's dilemma is exacerbated when the Admiral himself needs keeping at bay because of his amorous intentions. Excelling alongside a cast also including Sid James Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan as Lt. Cmdr. Fanshawe Phillips his inimitable smooth and amorous self.
Murdoch Troon (Baxter) attempts to woo the daughter (Christie) of wealthy businessman Charles Chingford by impressing her with a vintage Bentley known as 'The Fast Lady'...
Made in 1960, Carry On Constable is one of the earliest Carry On comic romps, arriving before they'd carved out their bawdy niche in British cinema. In fact, this Gerald-Thomas-directed effort isn't dissimilar to most of the mainstream Brit-com of its era. A flu epidemic has forced a police station to take on a brace of callow recruits: Kenneth Connor, a superstitious bag of nerves; Leslie Phillips, playing his usual rapscallion self; the ludicrously effete Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams. The "plot" is a sequence of thoroughly creaky gags at the expense of this bumbling quartet. The staple characters hadn't settled into their "classic" personae yet. Here, Sid James is an exasperated sergeant, not the sort of crinkly rogue he played in later years, Kenneth Williams is dry, detached and supercilious, while Hattie Jacques is no matron but a sympathetic sergeant, whose every walk-on is not yet accompanied by the portly strains of tubas and bassoons. The comedy here is, frankly, dismal--banana skins are slipped upon and officers' legs urinated upon bydogs, all to a rueful soundtrack of wah-wah trumpets. The main appeal of this movie is as a period slice of damp, pre-Beatles London in glorious black and white.On the DVD: Although picture and sound are adequate (though poorly dubbed in places), there are no extras at all, a shame for the hardcore Carry On aficionados to whom this release would surely, perhaps exclusively, appeal. --David Stubbs
The Fast Lady team rides again! The newlywed Munroes purchase a rundown ramshackle cottage and plan to fix it up themselves primarily to escape their meddling father. However they haven't appreciated the scope of the work required to get the place up to scratch.. They have no choice but to seek outside help. When Builder Josh Wicks arrives on the scene the bills start going through the roof... Written by Henry Blyth (The Bulldog Breed) and Jack Davi
An enjoyable late 50's British comedy about the adventures of young German scholar Wolf Hauser (Hardy Kruger - The One That Got Away; The Flight of the Phoenix), who arrives for a year at Cambridge, and tries to fit in. Apart from his studies he tries to muck in with the very English non-academic goings-on whilst also finding time to romance pretty Girton-girl Ann (Sylvia Syms - Ice Cold in Alex).
Filmed three years after the real Great Train Robbery the plot is centred on a bunch of criminals who infiltrate the school and plan to use the dubious educational establishment to stash the loot. But the train robbers fall foul of the schoolgirls and their need to have a good time causing havoc.
All hands on deck for Titanic seaside laughs with the saucy Carry On crew! When an accident-prone sailor damages a secret blueprint his only hope is to get another from London. But then the Admiral arrives and he's forced to pose as a scientist - a female scientist!
Celebrating twenty years of classic Carry On films two of the film's best loved stars Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor return to Pinewood Film Studios to unwrap some rib-tickling moments to the series. From the original military mayhem of 'Carry On Sergeant' through to the really ancient archaeological gags of 'Carry On Behind' our saucy hosts get their titters out for this laugh-a-second gallop through the most successful series of British comedy films ever made. With a cast
The marketing department of a pharmaceutical company decide to enlist a dentist to endorse its brand of toothpaste despite the fact that they would be struck off for doing so. They hire two post-graduates who sign the contracts without even reading them first. Declaring the toothpaste rubbish the graduates decide to make a better tooth-cleaner worthy of being struck-off!
More comical situations at St. Swithins Hospital when Dr. Grimsdyke returns for a course and develops a rejuvenating drug...
While the later chapters of the Carry On series have received fairly constant exposure, some earlier examples such as 1964's Spying remain relatively unseen. Given the brash production and ensemble playing of the more well-known films, this black and white version of the Carry On world seems oddly low-key in comparison. Four of the soon-to-be-regular cast are in attendance--Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey--and there are many signs of a formula in development (the double entrendres, bad puns, Windsor's ill-fitting clothing). Of course, with its obsession with sex and bodily functions it's all very English and parts have dated horribly, not least the casual racism of some of the secondary characters, but fans of this most unique of genres will find much to tickle their fancy. And don't they look so young?On the DVD: Given the long history and colourful characters of the series, there must be scope for much behind the scenes and documentary footage, but this disc is totally bereft of any extras bar scene selection. There is also little to add to the original black and white film stock, although the soundtrack, chock full of humorous instrumentation, sounds pretty good. --Phil Udell
In 1962's On the Beat, Norman Wisdom's Pitkin, the most famous incarnation of his riotous buffoon character, is dreaming of something better as usual. Pitkin wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become a policeman, but being decidedly on the short side, has to settle for washing police cars. Of course it's not long before Norman is impersonating an officer of the law. Wisdom also plays his nemesis here, the German General Schreiber, as well as the chief suspect in a series of jewel robberies which only Pitkin's chaotic antics can solve. Terence Alexander effectively reprises his character from The Square Peg (1958), and Wisdom regular David Lodge, previously seen costarring in The Bulldog Breed (1960), is also on hand, though otherwise the supporting cast is less stellar than before. By the time of 1955's Man of the Moment, Wisdom was firmly established as Britain's favourite movie comedian, his shy, helpful and good-natured "gump" character forever unintentionally causing catastrophe in the great tradition of Charlie Chaplin. However, while Chaplin ventured into politics in Modern Times (1936) for satirical purposes, when Norman's minor civil servant here accidentally becomes the UK delegate at a conference in Geneva the emphasis is on farce and pratfalls. The plot sees Norman sticking up for the rights of the fictional kingdom of Tawaki against less-than-honest government interests, while his new-found status brings the attention of the ladies, including the return of his Trouble in Store (1953) costar Lana Morris. Continuing his collaboration with veteran director John Paddy Carstairs, the film is a polished laughter machine that continues to entertain. --Gary S Dalkin
The first of the Carry On movies, 1958's Sergeant is rather different from its successors, much more a film of its time (the latter days of National Service) and rather less a bawdy picture postcard. Sergeant Grimshaw (William Hartnell long before Doctor Who) is about to retire and hopes that he can get his last platoon into shape as Champion Platoon of its intake. Unfortunately, the new recruits include the clumsy Golightly (Charles Hawtrey), the barrack-room lawyer Bailey (Kenneth Williams) and the hypochondriac Horace Strong (Kenneth Connor). Love interest is provided by Bob Monkhouse and Shirley Eaton--newlyweds separated by the call-up and reunited by her taking a job in the canteen--and by the pursuit of Horace by Dora Bryan's Nora. The film relies heavily on a mixture of slapstick and paradoxical revelations of character complexity--the obnoxious Bailey nonetheless takes the trouble to coach the incorrigibly dense Herbert (Norman Rossington); the series' later obsession with low comedy only really emerges in the scenes between Horace and the medic Captain Clark (Hattie Jacques). The platoon's eventual coming together as other than total incompetents is predictable, but likable.On the DVD: The DVD has no frills whatever except for a widescreen picture and chapter selections; it has been cleaned up however so that we get a remarkably crisp mono picture and mono sound, which brings out the quality of the military-band score by Bruce Montgomery, who was also the writer Edmund Crispin. --Roz Kaveney
Those outrageous St. Trinians girls are back with a vengeance in the second sequel of anarchy and chaos. A rich Arab Sheikh visits the school hunting for gym-slipped recruits for his harem which might explain the sudden interest in geography lessons.
A motley crew of British characters ride the 'San Ferry Ann' to the shores of France where they embark on a weekend of calamity. This is a humorous take on the tradition of the British get-away and is a true classic of the 'sound effect' comedy. Starring Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims and David Lodge. A weekend gathering at the decaying country home of the eccentric General Futtock (Ronnie Barker) produces a series of saucy mishaps between staff and guests in 'Futtocks End'. This 'silent' film us...
LOLA: Similar to ""Lolita "" this kinetic film chronicles the story of an aging sex book writer (Charles Bronson) and his passion for a 16-year-old seductress and the social pressures that result from their relationship and eventual marriage. THE WITNESS: A man depends on the testimony of a mystery woman to disprove his involvement in a murder and bank robbery. But where is she?
Having proved himself a war hero in The Square Peg (1958), Norman Pitkin, Norman Wisdom's most famous incarnation of his riotous buffoon character, is here demobbed and, as usual for a Wisdom movie, dreaming of something better. Norman wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become a policeman, but being decidedly on the short side, has to settle for washing police cars. Of course it's not long before Norman is impersonating an officer of the law. As in The Square Peg, Wisdom also plays his nemesis here, the German General Schreiber, as well as the chief suspect in a series of jewel robberies which only Pitkin's chaotic antics can solve. In fact, as if emphasising that On the Beat really is The Square Peg with different uniforms, Terence Alexander, who later found fame as Charlie Hungerford in the long running BBC series Bergerac, also returns, albeit playing a different character. Wisdom film-regular David Lodge, previously seen co-starring in The Bulldog Breed (1960) is also on hand, though otherwise the supporting cast is less stellar than before. Solid if very predictable feel-good entertainment, Wisdom's particular brand of charming anarchy proves again his box-office formula could withstand endless variations. --Gary S Dalkin
A classic comedy from the Boulting Brothers where a young couple soon to marry find that their wedding arrangements are the business of everyone but themselves. Cue much hilarity!
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