Carry On Screaming! is a 1966 British comedy film, the twelfth in the series of 31 Carry On films (1958–1992). It was the last of the series to be made by Anglo-Amalgamated before the series moved to The Rank Organisation. Of the regular cast, it features Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw and Peter Butterworth. It also features Harry H. Corbett in his only series appearance and Fenella Fielding making her second and final appearance. Angela Douglas makes the second of her four Carry On appearances. Carry On Screaming is a parody of the Hammer horror films, which were also popular at the time.
|Carry On Screaming!|
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Edited by||Rod Keys|
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Distributed by||Warner – Pathé Distribution (UK)|
The film opens in the Edwardian era in Hocombe Woods, where Doris Mann (Angela Douglas) and Albert Potter (Jim Dale) are courting. When Albert searches the woods for a peeping Tom, Doris is abducted by a monster named Oddbod (Tom Clegg), which leaves a finger behind. Albert, finding the finger, rushes to the police station and reports the matter to Detective Constable Slobotham (Peter Butterworth), who in turn tells his superior, the henpecked Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung (Harry H. Corbett), who has been investigating similar disappearances in the same woods.
After searching the woods for further clues, the group stumble across the eerie Bide-A-Wee Rest Home, and are shown to the sitting-room by the butler, Sockett (Bernard Bresslaw – a not dissimilar character to Lurch in The Addams Family). Sockett informs the mistress of the house, the seductive Valeria (Fenella Fielding), of their presence, and she in turn awakens her electrically charged brother, Dr. Orlando Watt (Kenneth Williams). Dr. Watt speaks to the three men, who are frightened from the house when Dr. Watt vanishes and re-appears when his electrical charge runs down.
The next day, Bung, Slobotham and Potter interview Dan Dann (Charles Hawtrey), a lavatory attendant who once worked at Bide-A-Wee as a gardener, but Dann is silenced by Oddbod before he can reveal anything. Meanwhile, the police scientist (Jon Pertwee) accidentally creates a second creature—Oddbod Junior (Billy Cornelius)—when subjecting Oddbod's finger to an electrical charge. After killing the scientist, Oddbod Junior makes his way to the mansion, where Valeria and Watt are turning people into mannequins (in the manner of House of Wax) to sell. Bung arrives at the house to investigate Dann's death, but becomes infatuated with Valeria instead.
The next day, Potter discovers Doris—in mannequin form—in a milliner's shop but no proof can be found that it really is Doris. Bung returns to the house and discovers evidence that links Valeria and Watt to the mannequin but remains oblivious. Believing him to be on their scent, Valeria and Watt use a potion to turn Bung into Mr. Hyde and order him to steal the mannequin for them. After recovering the next day, Bung and Slobotham decide to set a trap in Hocombe Woods, with Slobotham disguised as a woman for bait. Bung's sharp-tongued wife Emily (Joan Sims) follows, thinking Bung to be having an affair, and is captured by Oddbod Junior while Slobotham is captured by Oddbod. Bung, now teamed up with Potter, makes his way to the house whilst following their footprints.
After failing to dispose of Bung and Potter with a snake, the Oddbods are dispatched to deal with them. Bung and Potter are reunited with Slobotham and manage to return Doris to human form, but discover that Emily has been turned into a mannequin. A battle follows, in which Albert (in Mr. Hyde form) defeats the Oddbods. Dr. Watt menaces them with petrifying liquid but is threatened by the re-animated mummy of Rubbatiti, which has come alive following a lightning strike. Rubbatiti and Watt fall into a boiling vat in the cellar, killing them both. Albert and Doris marry some time later, only to discover that Bung, whose home lacks electricity, is unable to return his wife to human form, and is now living with Valeria.
Carry On Screaming was the second film in the series to have a sung main title theme. The theme song "Carry On Screaming" (film version only) was credited as "Anon" and was thought to have been sung by Jim Dale, who appears in the film. The singer is actually Ray Pilgrim, a session singer who sang for the Embassy label. A vinyl 45 rpm version of the song was also released in 1966 (Columbia DB 7972) by vocalist Boz Burrell, before he became bassist for the bands King Crimson and Bad Company. In the 2005 album What a Carry On, the theme was sung by Gary Williams, with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland.
The character of Orlando Watt was initially written as Valeria's father. This was changed at the request of actor Kenneth Williams, who wanted to play his own age (39), so that Orlando and Valeria are brother and sister in the finished version.
Charles Hawtrey was added to the cast at the eleventh hour, after American distributors specifically requested him, as he was such a hit and crowd-pleaser with audiences there. He replaced Sydney Bromley in the role of Dan Dann, in what would have been a minor role in the film. Hawtrey thereby has the unique distinction of being the only actor to have a leading credit in a Carry On for less than five minutes' screen time.
- Harry H. Corbett as Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung
- Kenneth Williams as Dr Orlando Watt
- Jim Dale as Albert Potter
- Charles Hawtrey as Dan Dann
- Fenella Fielding as Valeria Watt
- Joan Sims as Emily Bung
- Angela Douglas as Doris Mann
- Bernard Bresslaw as Sockett
- Peter Butterworth as Detective Constable Slobotham
- Jon Pertwee as Doctor Fettle
- Michael Ward as Mr Vivian
- Tom Clegg as Oddbod
- Billy Cornelius as Oddbod Junior
- Norman Mitchell as Cabby
- Frank Thornton as Mr Jones
- Frank Forsyth as Desk Sergeant
- Anthony Sagar as Policeman
- Sally Douglas as Girl
- Marianne Stone as Mrs Parker
- Denis Blake as Rubbatiti
- Gerald Thomas as Voice of Oddbod Junior (uncredited)
Filming and locationsEdit
- Filming dates: 10 January – 25 February 1966
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
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- Carry On Screaming! at Rotten Tomatoes
- Carry On Screaming at The Whippit Inn
- Carry On Screaming! at the British Film Institute
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- Carry On Screaming! at BritMovie (archived)
- Ray Pilgrim recalls the recording of the “Carry On Screaming” title song