Carry On

"Dick Turpin Carries On with his flintlock cocked"
 

"He took my most treasured possession"

"Oh, come Milady, surely that went a long time ago"


DVD UK

Polish DVD

Swedish Video

 

Running Time - 91m Colour Certificate - A
Budget - 245,000 UK Release - July 1974
Shot - 4 March 1974 - 11 April 1974
Foreign Titles
Germany - Carry On Robber Hungary - Go On Dick

 

The Stars

Sid James
Barbara Windsor
Kenneth Williams
Hattie Jacques
Bernard Bresslaw
Joan Sims
Kenneth Connor
Peter Butterworth
Jack Douglas
Patsy Rowlands
Bill Maynard
Margaret Nolan
John Clive
David Lodge
Marianne Stone
Billy Cornelius
Sam Kelly
Linda Hooks
Eva Reuber-Stainer

Penny Irving
Lorraine Humphrys

                                                                  
Dick/Rev Flasher
Harriet/Harry
Captain Desmond Fancy
Martha
Sir Roger Daley
Madame Desiree
Constable
Tom
Sergeant Jock Strapp
Mrs Giles
Bodkin
Lady Daley
Isaak
Bullock
Maggie
Thug
Coach Driver
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
                                                                  

The Crew
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Music
Cinematographer
Editor
                                                            
Peter Rogers
Gerald Thomas
Talbot Rothwell
Eric Rogers
Ernest Steward BSc
Alfred Roome
                                                            

 

Synopsis

Hurrah, back to the historical Carry Ons.  The legendary Dick Turpin (Sid James), or Big Dick as he is known to his friends, due to the enormous size of his weapon, is the anti-hero of the piece.  Turpin is being chased by the newly formed Bow Street Runners, led by Captain Fancy (Kenneth Williams) and his Sergeant Jock Strapp (Jack Douglas). They enlist the aid of Reverend Flasher not realising that he is actually Turpin in disguise.  Again Sid James tries to get the girl in the form of Harriet (Barbara Windsor) who is also one of his gang, even though censors thought him too old to be playing this kind of role.

Even though the last couple of films have been poor relations to the Carry On series, we have a big hit at the box office and a big hit comedically with such gems as: Dick robbing Frenchwoman, Madame Desiree’s (Joan Sims) necklace to which she protests ‘No, not that, it is my only means of support.’  When Dick takes it anyway her bloomers fall down around her ankles and she replies in a common Cockney voice ‘I told you it was my only means of support!’

Kenneth Williams comes back on top form, camping it up as Captain Fancy and later in disguise as a ruffian Dandy Desmond.  This was Hattie Jacques last on-screen role in which her screen time lasts less than five minutes – a waste of good talent.

The ending feels a bit rushed and is very much used as a way to wind up the film, but it just doesn't work - but all the comic moments from the rest of the film makes up for it

 

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