Carry On

"The funniest film since 54 BC"
 

"Infamy, Infamy, they've all got it in for me."


DVD UK

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Spanish Poster

 

Running Time - 92m Colour Certificate - A
Budget - 194,500 UK Release - December 1964
Shot - 13 July 1964 - 28 August 1964
Foreign Titles
Belgium - Ok, Cleo Denmark - So, So Cleopatra
France - Stop Your Chariot Cleo Portugal - Way to Go Cleopatra
Greece - Heroic Suckers in the Country of the Pharaoh

 

The Stars


Sidney James
Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Connor
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Sims
Jim Dale
Amanda Barrie
Julie Stephens
Shelia Hancock
Victor Maddern
John Pertwee
Francis de Wolff
Michael Ward
Brian Oulton
Tom Clegg
Peter Gilmore
Warren Mitchell
Gertan Klauber
Wanda Ventham
EVH Emmett

                                                                  
Mark Antony
Julius Caesar
Hengist Pod
Seneca
Calpurnia
Horsa
Cleo
Gloria
Senna Pod
Sergeant Major
Soothsayer
Agrippa
Archimedes
Brutus
Sosages
Galley Master
Spencius
Marcus
Pretty Bidder
Narrator
                                                                  


The Crew
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Music
Cinematographer
Editor
                                                            
Peter Rogers
Gerald Thomas
Talbot Rothwell
Eric Rogers
Alan Hume BSc
Archie Ludski
                                                            

Synopsis

In an attempt to lure audiences away from their TVs and back into the cinemas, the film industry provided a host of spectacular epics taken from mythology, history and the Bible.  Classics such as Ben Hur and Spartacus introduced the public to Ancient Rome and in 1963 the most expensive film of its time, Cleopatra made a perfect target for a Carry On film.  They even had the use of the Cleopatra film sets which were at the Pinewood lot.

The Carry On team are in fine fettle in this version of the classic tale with Mark Antony (Sid James) chasing after the scatty Cleopatra (Amanda Barrie) and trying to look after his boss Julius Caesar (Kenneth Williams).   Kenneth plays the role with his usual panache coming up with some of his best lines in the whole series, such as ‘Infamy, Infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!’ and his first line in the film ‘Oh, I do feel queer’.  Calpurnia (Joan Sims) is Caesar’s wife and Seneca (Charles Hawtrey) is her father who wards Caesar of the Ides of March.

The Britons are well played too with scared Hengist (Kenneth Connor) being mistaken for excellent swordsman Horsa (Jim Dale), and subsequently being taken on as Caesar’s personal bodyguard.

There are also some excellent performances from some of the Irregulars, with Warren Mitchell as auctioneer Spencius, brother of Marcus, Sheila Hancock as Senna Pod, wife of Hengist and Jon Pertwee as a soothsayer consulted by Caesar before he goes to see Cleo.

 
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