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Carry on Girls (1973)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 9 November 1973 (UK)
Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Sidney Fiddler
Barbara Windsor ... Hope Springs
Joan Sims ... Connie Philpotts
Kenneth Connor ... Mayor Frederick Bumble
Bernard Bresslaw ... Peter Potter
June Whitfield ... Augusta Prodworthy / Paula Perkins (voice)
Peter Butterworth ... Admiral
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... William
Patsy Rowlands ... Mildred Bumble
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Dukes
David Lodge ... Police Inspector
Valerie Leon ... Patricia Potter
Margaret Nolan ... Dawn Brakes
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Debra
Angela Grant Angela Grant ... Miss Bangor
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Storyline

Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the local women's liberation movement, has other ideas. It's open warfare as the women's lib attempt to sabotage the contest. Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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When it comes to Beauty Queens - it's carry on and bust!

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist ja irre - Mißwahl auf Englisch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film marked a slightly more risqué treatment of the topic with more nudity and openly sexual jokes than previous films. Discreet cuts by the BBFC (mainly to saucy dialogue and the hotel fight sequence between bikini-clad contestants played by Barbara Windsor and Margaret Nolan) enabled the film to gain the more commercially acceptable A certificate (open to families) than the more restrictive AA certificate, barring entry to the under-fourteens. See more »

Goofs

When Mildred Bumble opens her front door to Augusta Prodworthy a mauve coloured door is visible to the right of Mrs Bumble in the interior shot. When we see Mrs Bumble open the front door in the exterior shot the mauve door disappears, the interior wall is a different length and a white door frame is visible. See more »

Quotes

Miss Dawn Brakes: Excuse me, is this the train to the beauty contest?
Peter Potter: Yes, that's right.
Miss Dawn Brakes: Oh good.
[to Paula]
Miss Dawn Brakes: Are you coming?
Paula Perkins: Certainly not!
[Miss Dawn Brakes looks Paula Perkins up and down]
Miss Dawn Brakes: Perhaps you're right.
[Looking into the carriage; to Peter]
Miss Dawn Brakes: Are you in this one?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature cartoon representations of beauty pageant entrants with puns for titles: Miss Conduct, Miss Represent, Miss Conception, Miss Hap, Miss Fortune, Miss Used, Miss Shaped, Miss Trust, Miss Handled, Miss Manage, Miss Placed, Miss Spent, Miss Stake, Miss Demeanour, and Miss Adventure. Each "beauty queen" is depicted in a manner befitting their name, for example Miss Conduct is behaving inappropriately with a judge, Miss Conception is pregnant, Miss Hap and Miss Fortune suffer wardrobe malfunctions, and so on. See more »

Alternate Versions

As with many of the Carry On films the cinema version was cut by the BBFC to receive an 'A' (PG) certificate. Some dialogue was replaced, including 'knee trembler' (which was changed to 'snogging') and the fight between Hope and Dawn was reduced to remove shots of Hope attempting to pull Dawn's underwear off. The latter scene was fully restored in later video/DVD releases. See more »

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Featured in The Barbara Windsor Story (2017) See more »

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Sauciest Carry On ever
7 September 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

CARRY ON GIRLS is probably the one CARRY ON film that cements this film series's reputation as the 'smutty postcards' of the film world. It's certainly the sauciest of all the CARRY ON films to date, using the excuse of a beauty contest to reveal the flesh of as many girls as possible, and indeed the fresh beauty of the starlets (in particular Valerie Leon, Margaret Nolan, and Wendy Richard (!)) puts everybody else, the regular team included, into the shade.

The story is some silly thing about scheming councillors (Sid James playing himself, and a delightfully stuffy Kenneth Connor) arranging a beauty contest only to have their efforts thwarted by the local women's lib, led by an enjoyable June Whitfield. In reality, though, what we get are endless innuendos, risqué sight gags, and plenty more besides. It's a film in which Peter Butterworth's groping old bloke is played for laughs, so what more can you say?

Yes, the format feels a little tired and stale by now, with Bernard Bresslaw's cross-dressing antics bringing to mind those of Kenneth Cope in CARRY ON MATRON and a general seen-it-all-before sense to the proceedings. But, for better or worse, CARRY ON GIRLS provides one of the most unforgettable set-pieces of all the franchise, and I'm talking about THAT eye-popping cat-fight between Barbara Windsor and Margaret Nolan. People always remember the exercise scene from CARRY ON CAMPING but this goes considerably further and once watched is difficult to erase from the memory banks.


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