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Bert: [before boarding the bus with Stuart] 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]

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 (in his last film in the series), 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.
  • All Women Are Prudes: Evelyn is very uptight with everything and hasn't touched her husband in ages, to the point where she doesn't realise that he's intending for them to be intimate on this holiday. She also makes him leave the room as she is changing out of her travelling clothes.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Cora, although she arguably has a good reason to be.
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  • Credits Gag: The Technical Advisor was credited as "Sun Tan Lo Tion" (a play on "suntan lotion").
  • 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.
  • Dirty Old Man: Bert is in a way, even though Sophie isn't the age of a teenager. He even points out that he'd never go after young girls because they're "touch me and I'll tell my dad" territory.
  • Dirty Old Monk: In a way, as Brother Bernard, even though he doesn't seem to act upon any sexual urges. When he asks a woman on holiday to the hotel party, his minister is appalled, but it's highly unlikely that anything intimate happened when the pair snuck away from the group.
  • 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.
  • Handbag of Hurt: Cora hits a policeman with her handbag during the town brawl.
  • 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: Marge falls 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 Tuttle, who is implied to be still living with his mother and is even escorted to the coach bus by her.
  • 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: This is what most of the holidaymakers (except the monks) are hoping the package tour will turn out to be.
  • Spit Take: Harry does this when Vic tells him about his holiday plans.
  • The Teetotaler: Evelyn tried alcohol before and didn't like it.
    Vic Flange: [under his breath, to his wife] Strange.
    Evelyn Blunt: Not really. My daughter is just the same.
    Vic Flange: Your only child, I presume.
  • Those Two Girls and Guys: The two women that hope to find a holiday romance, and the two men.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Robin and Nicholas 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".
  • Very False Advertising: The gang is off for a packaged holiday in Els Bells. However, the hotel they stay at is not even completed, and eventually is completely destroyed by a big rainstorm.


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