Film: Carry On Dick

Dick Turpin carries on with his flintlock cocked!

Carry On Dick was released in 1974, based on the Georgian historical highwayman Dick Turpin, who was known for robbing aristocrats around England. This features movie regulars Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Sims, Peter Butterworth, Kenneth Connor and Jack Douglas. This was the last Carry On film for James, Jacques, and Windsor.

Dick is an Affectionate Parody of a history event, much like Carry On Henry and Carry On Cleo, making the movie focus around the Loveable Rogue Dick Turpin and his life as a priest for the local church and a highwayman at night. Possibly because of his legacy, the town is full of thieves that walk the streets and rob from rich citizens in carriages, but the secret police, the Bow Street Runners, lead by Sir Roger Daley (Bresslaw) and Captain Desmond Fancey (Williams), have captured every single one. The problem they face is that the quick-witted Turpin (James) is always one step ahead of them, with the help of his friends Tom (Butterworth) and Harriett (Windsor), who also help him at the local church with the oblivious Martha Hoggett (Jacques).

Despite the Runners intervening on many of Turpin's ambushes, Turpin manages to kidnap Madame Desiree (Sims) and her friends, and rob Sir Daley and his wife. Fancey and Sergeant Jock Strapp (Douglas) decide to go alone, in fear of being fired by Sir Daley, and manage to find out the history of Turpin, which they try and use to their advantage, with disastrous results. Many times, they are arrested by the blithering Constable (Connor), who cannot tell the difference between criminals and members of his police squad.

Expect a Hurricane of Puns, Getting Crap Past the Radar, and Sid James' dirty laugh. It is a Carry On film, after all. There's also a funny page that needs tender loving care — feel free to add to it.

Tropes Include:

  • Accent Relapse: Whenever Madame Desiree is found out to be a Cockney, or just gets really angry, she drops her French accent. Doesn't stop her from trying to regain this facade though.
  • Accidental Pervert: Sergeant Strapp starts following men into the lavatory in order to see if they have a distinctive birth mark on their manhood. This results in him getting dunked in a horse trough.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba:
    Cpt Fancey: I am Captain Fancy of the Bow Street Runners!
    Constable: And I'm Titania, Queen of all the fairies!'''
  • Catchphrase: Dick's "Stand and deliver!"
  • Clueless Detective: It really makes one wonder how Fancey and Strapp made to their current ranks in the Runners.
  • Country Matters: The dim-witted Constable is fooled by Turpin, and is heard screaming "Oh, I'm a silly Con-stable, I am!" when he realizes.
  • Disguised in Drag: Dick and Tom, when they rescue Harriet after she's arrested.
  • Fake Nationality: In-Universe example. As Sir Roger says, Desiree is "a damned attractive cockney wench with an absurdly bogus French accent."
  • Gentleman Thief: Turpin. And possibly Tom, as well.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: All the penis jokes, for a start...
    • The implication that Turpin is nicknamed "Big Dick" because of the size of his... gun, according to the movie trailer.
    • When Sir Roger and his wife are robbed by Turpin again, thinking that he was already arrested:
      Sir Roger: Well, it seems to me that the man you claimed was caught robbed us of everything we've damn-well got!
      Sir Roger's wife: [in tears] He took my most treasured possession!
      Cpt Fancey: Oh c'mon, milady — surely that went long ago.
      [Sir Roger death glares him]
      Sir Roger's wife: My mother's bracelet!
      [Constable makes a wry expression]
    • When Turpin tries to scare Desiree with his gun, she overlooks it, stating "[she's] seen bigger ones in [her] time".
    • He has an birthmark in a rather unusual place. He's not called "Big Dick" for nothing...
    • The church organ is broken and has to be wound up constantly. The church workers constantly say that someone needs to "pump the organ".
    • Dick Turpin's disguise as the priest is named the "rector". Considering the common theme of phallic innuendo, one wouldn't be surprised if this was one too. Also, his name is "Flasher". Yeah...
    • When Harriet is being interrogated:
      Cpt Fancey: Where can we find Dick?
      Harriet: [scoffs] I've been living here for five years and I still haven't found any.
  • Hero Antagonist: Captain Fancey, Sergeant Strapp and Sir Roger Daley.
  • Hypocritical Humour:
    Tom: Bad news, Rector! Damn and blast it!
    Rev Flasher: Tom, Tom. No news is so bad that it merits the use of a cuss word. Particularly in front of Miss Hoggett.
    Tom: Sorry, Rector. But they've got Harriet.
    Rev Flasher: BLOODY HELL!
  • Intimate Marks: The Bow Street Runners learn that the notorious highwayman 'Big Dick' Turpin has a distinguishing birthmark on his penis, so one of them starts following men into the lavatory to see if he can spot it.
  • The Klutz: Sgt Strapp.
  • Loveable Rogue: Dick.
  • Never My Fault: When Fancey and Strapp are arrested, Fancey blames Strapp for getting them into that predicament by failing to see that they were being led into a trap.
    Strapp: Excuse me, but I was distinctly under the impression that THEY were walking right into YOUR trap!
    Fancey: If you can't talk sense, SHUT your trap!
  • Shirtless Scene: Sir Roger being robbed by Turpin at least three times.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Fancey and Strapp.
  • Villain Protagonist: Dick, Tom and Harriet.