"The funniest film since 54 BC"
"Infamy, Infamy, they've all got it in for me."
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
Francis de Wolff
The Crew Producer
Alan Hume BSc
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, theyve all got it in for me! and his first line in the film Oh, I do feel queer. Calpurnia (Joan Sims) is Caesars 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 Caesars 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.