The African Queen
Stop Beating About the Bush
Show Me Your Waterhole and I'll Show You Mine
"The Carry On team - in Starkest Africa"
"One, Two, Three, Four, Five....Sex"
"Oh, I don't think we will ever get to seven"
Running Time - 89m Colour Certificate - A Budget - £210,000 UK Release - March 1970 Shot - 113 October 1969 - 21 November 1969
Foreign Titles Denmark - Carry On Tarzan Germany - Queen of the Amazons Hungary - Carry On Through the Jungle Poland - Full Speed Ahead Safari South America - Watch Out for the Jungle Sweden - Adventures in Africa
The Stars Frankie Howerd
Lady Evelyn Bagley
The Crew Producer
Ernest Stewerd BSc
This film was an immediate non-starter due to the fact that the exotic locations required were never going to happen due to the notorious tight purse strings on the Carry On films. What we end up with instead are obvious studio sets with stock footage of various wild animals. As long as you accept this you'll be OK.
Terry Scott takes the lead as Jungle Boy in a role that was written with Jim Dale in mind and it doesnt seem to work as it should. Bernard Bresslaw pulls off a native with his usual aplomb, although now days I don't think it would be played by him, but the Carry Ons are certainly a product of their time. Frankie Howerd makes his reappearance in the Carry Ons playing Frankie Howerd as always, but saying that he does have some of the classic comedy moments. Joan Sims moving out of her dolly bird period in the Carry Ons into the more mature role of Lady Evelyn Bagley comes across well with scenes such as the mistaken advances she thinks she is getting under the dinner table.
The explorers of this film all have their own reasons for the journey, Dr Tinkle is after a rare bird, Lady Bagley is looking for her family and Bill Boosey is just along for the ride. In the course of the journey Lady Bagley comes across her long lost husband, who is King of the all-female Nosha tribe when they are captured by them. As there are no men around, the males of the expedition are put to good use!!