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Film / Carry On Abroad

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Bert: Is this for the dirty weekend?
Stuart: This is the four-days trip to Els Bels, if that's what you mean.
Bert: Same difference, innit? [mischievous chuckle]
Bert and Stuart before boarding the bus.

Carry On Abroad is a 1972 Carry On movie that starred Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw, Barbara Windsor, Jimmy Logan, Charles Hawtrey, June Whitfield, Peter Butterworth and Hattie Jacques.

It takes place at Els Bels, a holiday resort in Spain. The hotel run by Pepe (Butterworth) and his wife Floella (Jacques) is open for business, even though five floors are yet to be built, and many interior walls and ceilings haven't been installed.

A British tourist company arrive, headed by Stuart Farquhar (Williams). Among the people on the trip are Bert Conway (Logan), a loud Scotsman hoping to find a one-night stand; Brother Bernard (Bresslaw) and a group of monks on a religious vacation; two women hoping to find a holiday romance; two men, one of them implied to be the other's Gay Best Friend; pub owners/landlord and lady Vic and Cora Flange (James and Sims); Sadie (Windsor), a young woman who catches Vic's eye when she stops by his pub, prompting Cora to decide to join them on holiday to keep an eye on Vic; married couple Stanley and Evelyn Blunt (Connor and Whitfield), the former of whom is hoping to get his wife to relax and re-develop an interest in sex; and alcoholic mummy's boy Eustace Tuttle (Hawtrey).


For other Carry On films about vacations, see Carry On Cruising, Carry On Camping and Carry On Behind.

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  • The Alcoholic: Eustace will drink large quantities of anything alcoholic.note 
  • All Men Are Perverts: Most of the men are looking forward to the holiday in hope that they'll find a one-night stand or their spouses will have holiday sex with them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Cora, although she arguably has a good reason to be.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cora becomes this whenever Vic talks about Sadie or considers following her.
    Vic Flange: I wouldn't touch her with a barge pole!
    Cora Flange: Oh yes, but you would touch her with something else if you had the chance.
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  • Dogged Nice Girl: It seems that Stuart's assistant has strong feelings for him, especially the way she thanks him for allowing her to chaperone the guests.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire movie takes place between four days and a week. To be fair, considering the pacing of many Carry On films, it wouldn't be surprising that you'd be questioning how much days have passed.
  • Funny Foreigner: Pepe. In a lesser case, his wife and son.
  • Hell Hotel: Ell's Bells.
  • Henpecked Husband:
    • Vic's a mild version, seeing as how his wife doesn't really have much control over him, but he was about to reluctantly cancel his holiday trip.
    • Stanley, to the point of hoping that the vacation will make his wife loosen up and they can finally have sex.
  • Hot for Preacher: One of Those Two Girls fall for Bernard.
  • Latin Lover: Pepe's son, although the family's Hispanic.
  • Luminescent Blush: For a start, Stanley makes his wife reach into his pocket to get their coach bus tickets. When she fumbles around, he groans, gurns and moans, getting redder and redder in the face before telling her it's "in the back pocket".
  • Mummy's Boy: Eustace.
  • Only Sane Man: In a parallel to Carry On... Up the Khyber, Peter Butterworth's character, Pepe, is the only one who seems at all concerned by the gradual collapse of the hotel during a torrential rainstorm which causes the nearby river to overflow; the British tourists are too busy getting completely smashed to notice, much less care, even as giant holes begin appearing in the floor.
  • Punny Name:
    • The Flange family.
    • Also "Els Bels" is slang for "Hell's bells", and judging by the state of the hotel, no wonder.
  • Sex Tourism: What most of the guests are hoping to engage in.
  • Those Two Girls and Guys: The two women that hope to find a holiday romance, and the two men.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Those Two Guys have a rather... close relationship. note 
  • Unusual Euphemism: Evelyn is annoyed that she has to share a room with her husband, but Stanley states that it would be a new experience for her so she could understand how married life works. His wife immediately snaps that he's only interested in "that filth" and warns him not to "try anything".


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