Carry On

or
Mind My Chopper
 

"A drink, Ma'am?"

"Thank you"

"I can heartily recommend the porter here"

"Really?  Then do send him up to my room later"

Carry On Henry
"A great guy with his chopper"

 

Running Time - 89m Colour Certificate - A
Budget - 223,000 UK Release - February 1971
Shot - 12 October 1970 - 27 November 1970
Foreign Titles
Germany - Henry's Bedtime Stories US - Carry On Henry VIII

 

The Stars
Sidney James
Kenneth Williams
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Sims
Terry Scott
Barbara Windsor
Kenneth Connor
Julian Holloway
Peter Gilmore
Julian Orchard
Gertan Klauber
David Davenport
Margaret Nolan
William Mervyn
Derek Francis
Bill Maynard
Dave Prowse
Patsy Rowlands
Billy Cornelius
John Bluthall
Anthony Seagar
Brian Wilde
Peter Butterworth
King Henry VIII
Thomas Cromwell
Roger De Lodgerly
Queen Marie
Cardinal Wolsey
Bettina
Hampton of Wick
Sir Thomas
King of France
Duke De Poncenay
Bidet
Major Domo
Buxom Woman
Physician
Farmer
Guy Fawkes
Warder
Queen
Guard
Royal Tailer
Heckler
Warder
Earl of Bristol
The Crew
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Music
Cinematographer
Editor
Peter Rogers
Gerald Thomas
Talbot Rothwell
Eric Rogers
Alan Hume BSc
Alfred Roome

 

Synopsis

This is the story of Henry VIII as told by William Cobbler, and so can quite rightly be described as Cobblers.  King Henry (Sid James) is at the altar with"Carry On Chopping" Queen Marie (Joan Sims) after just beheading his previous wife (Patsy Rowlands) and wants the service hurried so that he can bed her.  But once there he discovers she smells of garlic and so he wants ‘her ‘ed off’. 

ThisGarlic.... is not easy, however, as she is the sister to the King of France.  His eye starts to rove and lands upon the lovely Bettina (Barbara Windsor), daughter of the Earl (Peter Butterworth) of Bristol (where else!) and he starts his plot to get rid of his French Queen.

This is another one of the top Carry Ons which is helped by a witty script and exotic looking locations.   Kenneth Williams as Thomas Cromwell is not as camp as usual but plays off well against Terry Scott’s Cardinal Wolsey.  Sid James plays Henry larger than life and nobody else could have filled his breeches.  Joan Sims is left out of the laughs more than the regular Carry Oners but her characterization of Marie is not out of place. 

Charles Hawtrey as Roger De Lodgerly steps in to Henry’s shoes in the bedroom department which is quite unusual for Hawtrey’s Carry On character as he usually plays either the loner or the mummy’s boy.  Barbara Windsor as the buxom Bettina shows real chemistry with Sid, but there may have been an underlying reason for this – their relationship.

 


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