Carry On Stuffing
8.00pm - 20th December 1972
"There we beheld his Majesty,
Standing at the window for all to see,
Oh, how his royal subjects fought,
For a glimpse of King Harry with his Hampton Court"
50 min Colour
Fiona Clodhopper, Miss Harriett,
Miss Mollycoddles, Fairy Godmother
Lady Rhonda Cockhorse, Miss
Esmerelda, Princess Yoyo,
Milk Maiden, Eve, Maid, Miss
Club Chairman, Lt Bang ‘Em,
Insp Knicker, General
Clodhopper, Hanky Poo
Cpt Alistair Dripping, Sir Francis
Fiddler, Admiral Renee, Widow
Valet, Tardy Dinner Guest,
Genie of the Lamp
Mr Furkin, Adam, Ringworm the
butler, Charles Burke, Demon
Demon King’s Vision
The Crew Screenplay
Talbot Rothwell &
This is a slightly better affair than the previous year’s Christmas venture but is still lacking in the quality of the first one. The script was written by Rothwell and Freeman separately and it feels like it was stitched together. The obvious omission is Sid James in a binding role and the sequences are rambling and lack any coherence.
Like the previous two Christmas Specials this is a collection of Christmas tales based around an 18th century feast and the ladies get a bigger bite of the comic cake. Barbara Windsor shines with glamour, notably in the Garden of Eden tale – “How Do You Know If You’ve Never Had It”.
The collection of tales is more Benny Hill than Carry On with the central re-occurring theme around the dinner table having a speeded up chase scene and this had a very forced feel about it. Some of the vignette scenes are in essence taken directly from scenes in the main Carry On films, notably the dinner scene from Carry On Up the Khyber, where the building all around is falling down whilst eating dinner.
The best performance probably goes to Peter Butterworth in the panto section capturing his wide-eyed and lovable grotesques with perfection and injects some ribald comments into his usual children’s audience performance. One point of note is that throughout this section it is performed in rhyme, and he also, throughout the Comedy Special, ad-libs to great comedy effect.
One other notable omission is Charles Hawtrey who didn’t appear in any more Carry Ons as he had argued with Peter Rogers, the producer about money and was left out altogether from then on.