1913 – 1976
Top 25 Films
This weeks choice has been
Carry on Loving 1970 – Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Joan Simms, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw, Terry Scott, Imogen Hassall [17/25]
Carry on Henry 1971 – Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Joan Simms, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Terry Scott [18/25]
Carry On At Your Convenience 1971 – Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Simms, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw, Hattie Jacques [18/25]
Carry On Matron 1972 – Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Simms, Charles Hawtrey, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Terry Scott, Bernard Bresslaw [19/25]
Truth is, l wasn’t a big die hard fan of the Carry On films, l liked most of the actors independently but once you had watched one or maybe two of them, they all became very same ol’ same ol’. The other thing was l struggled with the humour, very slapstick, bawdy and lewd – don’t get me wrong l love all of those things, but l could NEVER understand why the British public treated these films as iconic. So much so, that it was because of the Carry on Films that l actually stopped watching British humour for a very long time in the early 80’s. I didn’t grow up with these films as l was in Australia and l have no recollection of ever truly seeing them whilst living there, but of course my age would have been reflective upon th\at.
But once back in Britain and hearing my friends talk about them and laugh of the antics, l have to concede to being at a loss. The films in my opinion were simply not that funny and yet this particular series is one of the most successful in British history?? This year is sixty years since the first Carry On made its appearance with Carry on Sergeant in 1958. But what l can not deny is they do serve as a beautiful reminder of social history of what used to be, perhaps what should not have been, but history is there for a purpose, to show us how to move forwards and as a people we have.
Sure they were risque, but that was progression whether people like to admit to it or not, and for the time mostly they were funny to the viewer, l at my own concession see things in a different light to most, so count me out of the overall ratings. Towards the end of the series of the films most people were in agreeance they were simply flogging a dead horse. But you know the philosophy is quite simple – if there was NO demand for them, they would not have continued to have been produced and when that demand ceased and society moved on to greener pastures the films ended.
We have our final part of Sid James tomorrow, however what about you, were you or are you a huge Carry On fan?
So there we go folks, our fifth part to Sid James Week!
More tomorrow – this weeks choice has been