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Story

Britain is locked in a bitter struggle with Spain.  When Midshipman Albert Poop-Decker (Bernard Cribbins) is press-ganged into joining Captain Fearless’ (Kenneth Williams) crew, he finds himself below decks with the most un-seaman-like Walter Sweetley (Charles Hawtrey) and Sally, who has assumed not only his identity but also his position as a Midshipman.

The crew stage a mutiny and cast Fearless, Sally, Albert and Walter adrift with only the ship’s cow for company. But the Armada is coming so love and broken legs will have to wait.

A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

1963
Colour

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

Captain Fearless - Kenneth Williams
Albert Poop-Decker Bernard Cribbins
Sally - Juliet Mills
Walter Sweetley - Charles Hawtrey
First Officer Howett - Donald Houston
Angel - Percy Herbert
Carrier - Jim Dale
Patch - Peter Gilmore
Spanish Governor - Patrick Cargill
First Sea Lord - Cecil Parker
Hook - Ed Devereaux
Admiral Nelson - Jimmy Thompson
Hardy - Anton Rogers
Ancient Carrier - Ian Wilson
Ned - George Woodbridge
Coach Driver - John Brooking

 

 


"Ahoy there!  There's nothing like a Jolly Roger on the Seven Seas with the Carry On team.  There's the whiff of mutiny in the air as Juliet Mills runs away to seas disguised as a midshipman and ends up on a ship commanded by the wicked Captain Fearless (Kenneth Williams).  Can Able Seaman Poop-Decker (Bernard Cribbins) be trusted? Walk the prank plank in this swashbuckling yarn of high adventure and low comedy as the Carry On gang press gang the sauciest jokes and indulge in plenty of nautical anchor panky."
 

Review

Carry On Jack is a tricky one. Taken at face value, you would be hard pressed to even identify it as a Carry On film.  Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey are the only cast members who by this stage could even be considered regular members of the Carry On team and while Bernard Cribbins is flawlessly funny in every scene, he will only make one more in the next 28 years, so he is not what you might call a regular.  Jim Dale gets a couple of very funny scenes early in the film but he is literally in it for a couple of minutes only.  

It is easy to see, from Carry On Jack, just why the Carry On team would go on to do so well at historical comedy, but here the balance all wrong.  Carry On Jack focuses too much on plot and not enough on being funny and there is an awful lot of plot to get through.  At the heart of any successful Carry On is a quick fire succession of one liners, physical comedy and double-entendres.  There’s not much of that in evidence in Carry On Jack. If anything, it’s too well written.

Carry On Jack may not be a particularly great Carry On, but it is an excellent swashbuckling comedy adventure.