Vic Flange (Sid James) is planning another of his regular package holidays, leaving his wife Cora (Joan Sims), who doesn’t like flying, at home. But when she discovers that saucy Sadie Tompkins (Barbara Windsor) happens to be going on the same holiday, Cora reconsiders and the next day the pair set off for the Spanish resort of Els Bels. Also heading off for a few days in the sun are holiday rep Stuart Farquhar (Kenneth Williams) and his assistant Moira (Gail Grainger), hen-pecked Stanley Blunt (Kenneth Connor) and his uptight wife Evelyn (June Whitfield), mummy’s boy Eustace Tuttle (Charles Hawtrey) and a group of monks who plan to visit a shrine near the resort.
On arriving at the hotel, the holidaymakers are dismayed to discover the place is only partially built. Hotel manager Pepe (Peter Butterworth), and his wife Floella (Hattie Jacques), do their best to cater for the tourists’ every need but when the weather takes a turn for the worse it looks like the holiday, and the hotel, is at an end.
A Peter Rogers Production Directed by Gerald Thomas
Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Music: Eric Rogers
Certificate A/PG 88 minutes
"The Carry On team take a package holiday which starts disastrously and rapidly goes downhill.
The paradise island of Elsbels is not all it's cracked up to be. The hotel isn't finished, the staff are a bit thin on the ground (in fact Pepe is the staff) and Pearl Harbour would have been more restful!
A catalogue of disasters beset the gang that will keep you in fits of laughter.
Enjoy this holiday of a laughtime!"
As a last hurrah for the old Carry On gang, Carry On Abroad is a sparkling 90 minutes. Everything about Abroad works, from the lengthy but brilliant set up at the Wundatours office, to the slow realisation that the Palace Hotel is about to fail spectacularly to live up to its name. Above it all, and this is an important distinction in terms of the later films, Abroad manages to retain an air of good clean fun even when all the participants are leaping into bed left right and centre. In fact, it is the last of truly family-oriented Carry Ons. Carry On Girls is rather too suggestive, Dick’s obsessed with its eponymous member and the last few entries are far more obviously adult in tone.
Carry On Abroad successfully recaptures at least some of the magic of Convenience - the whole gang are off on a coach trip to who knows where with fun and disaster waiting at the other end. There is also a noticeable lack of the new generation of Carry On stars. Kenneth Cope, Richard O’Callaghan, Jacki Piper, Angela Douglas - all the wonderful actors who flitted in and out for a few films during the late 60s and 70s have moved on to pastures new and we find ourselves back with the old guard. The Carry On greats are together again one last time and they’re on rare form.