Publicity

 


Story

Sid Boggle (Sid James) and his friend Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw) take their girlfriends Joan (Joan Sims) and Anthea (Dilys Laye) to the pictures for a night out.  The girls are less than impressed with the nudist film that’s playing, but it gives Sid an idea. 

As the gang prepare for their upcoming camping trip, Sid spots a leaflet for what he believes to be the same nudist camp that featured in the film.  Meanwhile Charlie Muggins (Charles Hawtrey) is preparing for a camping holiday of his own by testing out a cosy little two man tent with the shop assistant (Valerie Leon).  Elsewhere, hen-pecked husband Peter Potter (Terry Scott) and his wife Harriet (Betty Marsden) are readying themselves for a camping trip despite Peter’s ever increasing desire to abandon their tandem and tent for a luxury holiday in the sun.  The girls of Chayste Place under the watchful tutelage of Doctor Soaper (Kenneth Williams) and Miss Haggerd (Hattie Jacques) are also off on a camping holiday.

Everyone is heading for Paradise, but one thing’s for sure – not everyone is going to find it!

 

A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

1969
Colour

Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Music: Eric Rogers
Certificate A/PG
88 minutes

Sid Boggle -
Sid James
Doctor Soaper
Kenneth Williams
Charlie Muggins -
Charles Hawtrey
Joan Fussey -
Joan Sims
Peter Potter -
Terry Scott
Miss Haggard -
Hattie Jacques

Bernie Lugg

-
Bernard Bresslaw
Babs -
Barbara Windsor
Jim Tanner -
Julian Holloway
Anthea Meeks -
Dilys Laye
Joshua Fiddler -
Peter Butterworth
Harriet Porter -
Betty Marsden
Sally -
Trisha Noble
Mrs Fussey -
Amelia Bayntun
Store Manager -
Brian Oulton
Farmer's Daughter -
Patricia Franklin
Farmer -
Derek Francis
Hefty Girl -
Anna Karen
Store Assistant -
Valerie Leon

 

 

"Sid and his reluctant mate, Bernie hit on the idea of a nudist camping holiday to spice things up with their girlfriends! The arrival of Dr Soaper, headmaster of the Chayste Place finishing School, his matron, Miss Haggard, in charge of eleven nubile girls including star pupil Babs set the scene for one of the funniest frolics in the Carry On repertoire."
 

Review

Camping is not the best of the Carry Ons; not by a long way, but it is the most typical.  Sid is climbing over bodies to get at Babs.  Meanwhile, Babs will take whatever she can get and if Sid is not quick enough, she will soon turn elsewhere. Bernie is the lovable idiot who wouldn’t know what to do with it even if he had the chance.  Joan is well on the way to becoming the Carry On battle-axe, Hattie is a sexually frustrated grotesque while Kenneth is a sexually repressed one and nobody quite knows what Charlie is.  Everything the Carry On films represents is here in a muddy field at Pinewood.  It’s magnificent – there isn’t a single joke that isn’t milked (including the one about the bull) to within an inch of parody, not a stereotype is left un-poked.

It’s far from flawless, but there really is not much to criticise in the film itself.  Everyone’s playing their most beloved Carry On stereotype and they all do it so well. The story is deliberately flimsy but Talbot Rothwell’s script is bursting with gags. While there’s not as much subtlety or word-play as, for example, Carry On Henry or Doctor there is plenty of physical comedy and some classic set pieces. 

In Carry On terms, Camping is the perfect storm - a huge cast of regulars, a script that never lets up in its breathless pursuit of gags and a situation with which can all identify. It is all here and it is exhaustingly funny.