On Camping Trivia
- Bernard Bresslaw uses his famous catchphrase "I
Only Arsked" for the first time on screen since leaving The Army Game
- Jim Dale was originally considered for the coach
driver, but he was unavailable, and so the part was cut back and given to
- Barbara Windsor wanted to play the school girl 'Babs'
with a public School accent, but the first day of filming, the shower where
she looks through the knot hole and sees Sid's beady eye, she blurts her
line out in typical Cockney style. Gerald Thomas didn't want to do
another take, so she was stuck with it for the rest of the film.
- The famous bra flying scene when Babs and the girls are
doing the exercises caused some problems for Barbara Windsor. He bra
was connected to a fishing line and an old stagehand was to pull it off at
the given time, but he pulled her over in to the mud. When it was
successfully done she was determined to keep covered up at all costs, but
then Kenneth Williams says "Matron - take them away", and so
Matron grabs her arm, uncovering her for all to see. The yell she lets
out at this point is real.
- The film is set at the height of summer, but it was in
fact filmed in October/November and so was wet and cold. The grass was
all mud, so they sprayed it green and laid down boards to walk on. the
leaves had to be stuck back on and sprayed green.
- Barbara Windsor was trudging through the mud and
freezing weather, complaining to Kenneth Williams, calling Peter Rogers all
the names she could think of, but she had forgotten to take off her throat
mike, and so all what she was saying was being recorded. The next day
when Peter was looking at the rushes, he could hear her slagging him off. He
decided to leave it all in for the showing the next day to the cast.
When Barbara heard it she has horrified and thought she would be sacked when
Peter saw them. It was only later in the day she found out he new all
the time and he had been winding her up - apparently the air was blue again.
- Peter Rogers had registered the title Carry On
Camping with the Film Producers Association as far back as May 1962 just
after finishing work on the pioneering Carry On holiday film, Carry On
Cruising. Still in mind, though on the back burner, during the Anglo
Amalgamated years, the title’s registration was renewed in 1966 and
initially considered for production after Don’t Lose Your Head. Uncertainty
over resurrecting the Carry On title and scriptwriter Talbot Rothwell’s
misunderstanding of what the producer wanted, resulted in the foreign lesion
comedy, Follow That Camel, being put into production instead.
- The misunderstanding on Tolly Rothwell’s part had
been down to a conceived desire, on the parts of the Rank Organisation and,
to a lesser extent, Peter Rogers, to make the films more international.
Tolly had drafted the first few scenes for the Camping film, taking the
usual gang of British eccentrics abroad for their holiday. This, along with
an unsolicited wartime Italy-based Commando comedy screenplay, Operation
Kokkup, was rejected by the producer although, as Peter wrote on 23rd
January 1967, “in fairness to Tolly, it was Gerald’s idea to make “Camping”
a caravan subject”. A subject that would later be made, with a different
scriptwriter Dave Freeman, under the title Carry On Behind.
- Once with the home-based, under canvas scenario
firmly fixed, Talbot Rothwell wrote the script with ease. The title, with
its double meaning of camp sites and camp comics, had not by-passed either
Kenneth Williams “thinking it was an appropriate title for the fifteenth in
the series” (discounting the first two Rank efforts in his 1985 memoirs Just
Williams) or the writer. Tolly’s first draft for Carry On Camping features a
sketched tent on the front cover with the cut-outs of the rear quarters of a
cow protruding from the flaps. The two camp comics of the team are added,
with a cut-out photo of Kenneth Williams’s head poking through the flaps of
the other end of the test and a cut-out photo of Charles Hawtrey’s head
sticking out from a hole in the top of the tent.
- Clearly Tolly Rothwell was firing on all cylinders
during the revival and reshaping of Carry On Camping. Sid James, who had had
the script sent to his Torquay base during his 1968 summer season in Wedding
Fever at the Torquay Pavillion, wrote to producer Peter Rogers with glowing
anticipation on 2nd September 1968. “Many thanks for the script. Very funny!
I drove Val [his wife, Valerie James] potty laughing aloud. That doesn’t
often happen when one reads! There are some wonderful moments. So clean
- Despite all the positive feed-back, the Rank
Organisation were concerned over the film’s potential budget. Naturally,
with the fields and orchards in and around Pinewood Studios utilised for
most of the location work, it was not a patch on the budget for the costume
romp Carry On…Up The Khyber. However, Peter Rogers had to justify the
escalating production cost since Carry On Doctor the previous year. A week
longer on the shooting schedule and the need for more artistes were amongst
his reasons in a letter dated 30th September 1968. Moreover he maintained
that Rank “have five pictures…for a good deal less than one million pounds.”
- When Joan Sims tells Sid that they are already "soaking wet"
after having put up the tent for the girls, their clothes look rather dry,
- If Bernie can poke his head through the canvas of the men's tent after
they have put it up, it must be a flimsy one that should disintegrate at the
first sign of rain.
- As they are about to leave in the car in front of the house, Mrs. Fussy is
right behind Sid as he walks round the car. However, when you see the next
shot she is far behind him.
- Dr Soper is already halfway out the back of his tent when the matron
invades it, However, in the next shot he is wholly inside.
- As Mr Soper and the matron follow the truck on Potters' tandem, they
wobble from side to side as if they would fall off any moment. In the next
shot, however, they are sitting on the cycle as steady as a rock.
- With the noise in the next field Sid complains to Mr Fiddler that they
wouldn't get any sleep with all that noise. Mr Fiddler replies that he
believes Sid didn't intend to do much sleeping. If he has heard that onthe grapevine, it would certainly have come to the ears of the matron and Mr
Soper, not to mention the two girls of Sid and Bernie.