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"Have a look at this!"
"Well, lay it on the table so I can see it."
—Overheard conversation over a game of poker.

Carry On Behind is a 1975 British film from the Carry On film series. It stars series regulars Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Jack Douglas, Peter Butterworth, and was the series debut of Windsor Davies, the series return of Liz Fraser, and guest-starred German actress Elke Sommer.

This was the fourth Carry On movie based on holidays and was the last critically-acclaimed "good" Carry On film of the 1970s. This is possibly because screenwriter Talbot Rothwell (who wrote most of the films — many being box-office smashes) had taken ill and unfit for work and was replaced with different writers per movie for the rest of the series; this film was written instead by Dave Freeman, who was also a writer for Sidney James' sitcom Bless This House.

Like many of the holiday movies, Behind tells several subplots of ordinary folk that meet up at a holiday site. This time it's at a caravan park in the middle of grassland by some trees and a community center, where it rains heavily and there are sinkholes... lots of sinkholes. It's owned by Major Leafe (Connor), with the help of a downtrodden once-winner of bookie earnings named Henry (Butterworth).


Some of the visitors include an archaeologist named Prof Roland Crump (Williams), who brings along foreign colleague Prof Anna Vrooshka (Sommer) to excavate nearby, which causes a lot of havoc with the other residents; a butcher named Fred (Davies) and his electrician friend Ernie (Douglas) who take along their wives Sylvia (Fraser) and Vera that share different ideas on how to spend their vacation; and Arthur (Bresslaw) reluctantly bringing his wife Vera's mother (Sims) and her caged pet talking mynah bird.

For other Carry On holiday films, see Carry On Cruising, Carry On Camping and Carry On Abroad.


Tropes Included:

  • A Bloody Mess: When an explosion upsets Professor Crump and Professor Vrooshka's caravan, a bottle of tomato sauce falls out of a cupboard and splatters its contents over Professor Crump. He thinks he's been wounded and faints. Hilarity Ensues. The doctor examining him tests the "blood" by licking it.
    Roland: What are you, a vampire?
    Doctor: It's tomato sauce!
  • Big Friendly Dog: One of the couples brings an enormous wolfhound, who is quite friendly but causes annoyance to the other caravanners.
    "He's gone into next door's tent thing!"
  • Brick Joke:
    • See "Cactus Cushion" below.
    • Ernie and Fred having to sleep standing outside their own caravan, after they accidentally blew up Sandra and Carol's tent; and later having to sleep standing up, when their wives unexpectedly turn up. However:
    Fred: It's nice to have 'em back.
    Ernie: I missed 'em, you know.
    Fred: Me too.
    • The stripper seen in "embarrassing slide" below reappears near the end of the film.
  • The Butcher: Professor Crump wakes up after being knocked unconscious to find a strange man (Fred the butcher) leaning over him. When Fred introduces himself by profession, Crump screams in terror.
  • Cactus Cushion: Twice, Arthur is impaled by a cactus, belonging to his equally prickly mother-in-law.
    Vera: I can't think where mummy got to.
    Arthur: Perhaps some fellow picked her up.
    Vera: Don't be so coarse.
    Arthur: All right, perhaps she picked up some fellow. (Backs into cactus) OW!!!!
    Vera: Serves you right.
  • Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: The caravan site boasts a public address system, which is not popular with the guests, who smash the loudspeakers, causing explosions.
    "This is one of the amenities we have installed to make your stay here more enjoyable. All the site news at regular intervals, and any emergencies. It will also enable me to keep in touch with my staff, and see that they're doing their jobs properly."
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: Two pretty girls, Carol and Sandra plan to camp at the caravan site. One of them is dismayed by the sign saying "caravans only", but the other knows that they will easily charm the site owner Major Leafe, as indeed they do.
  • Censor Steam: When Professor Anna is showering in the men's showers (see "Which Restroom" Dilemma below), steam hides her naked form. She also uses a Modesty Towel.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: The chairs in the community center make the bottom of the seated's clothes rip off completely, which is particularly unfortunate for one young lady who has spent the evening Going Commando.
    Sandra: Oh! I can't stand up.
    Carol: Well, I told you you should have worn 'em.
  • Dirty Old Man: Although married, Fred lusts after twenty-something women that he is staying nearby on the caravan trip.
    Fred: As far as this holiday is concerned, Ernie, we is single, and don't you forget it.
  • Dripping Disturbance: On a rainy night, the roof leaks in the caravan shared by Roland and Anna, causing water to drip rhythmically into bowls placed on the floor, with accompanying music.
    Anna: It makes a nice tune, no?
  • Embarrassing Slide: In the opening scene, Professor Crump delivers a narration to what he thinks is a film on archaeology being projected behind him. Unknown to him, the wrong film was shipped and the audience is actually watching footage of a stripper. When he discovers the mistake, the enthralled audience members tell him to leave the film running anyway, especially as the commentary almost matches what is close up on the screen.
    Crump: Notice the typical upland scenery. (Stripper's upper body) Neolithic man always preferred those areas, as the lower regions (bottom) were often foresty, and inclined to be swampy. The two large mounds in the foreground (boobs) are of special interest. It was these which first drew our attention to the site, and now we see the site partially uncovered. Notice the small indentation in the middle. (Belly button)
  • Frying Pan of Doom: The women sewing their dresses are ambushed by perverted men so one of them chooses to defend themselves with one.
  • Funny Foreigner: Prof Anna is a mild version.
    Prof Anna: Therefore I'm going round camp, looking for scrubbers.
  • Greed: Barnes was once a millionaire that lost all his money and looks after hens. When he hears about archaeologists in the area, he creates his own artefacts by breaking up pieces of metal to convince the group that they are remains of ancient jewellery.
    Barnes: (Holding a metal bowl, fashioned as a Roman helmet) Great! It's good enough for Julius Caesar.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: This dialogue between the doctor, and Professor Roland, played by the gay actor Kenneth Williams.
    Roland: I feel so queer.
    Doctor: Yes, of course you do.
  • Henpecked Husband: A couple of the married male characters.
  • How Do You Say: "You see, I am keeping a — how you say — dirrrty caravan".
  • Locked in a Freezer: When fixing the butcher's fridge, Ernie is accidentally locked inside when it finally works. Fred finds him covered in ice, shivering, and frozen in a door-knocking position.
  • Mooning: Less that you would expect, with the film's title. Although a few underwear-clad bottoms are seen, no naked bottoms (except in the cartoon title sequence) are seen until the very end of the film.
  • My Beloved Smother: Vera's mother coming along with her and her husband.
  • The Pig-Pen: Henry Barnes.
    Major Leafe: I'm getting reports that the showers aren't working.
    Barnes: Don't ask me, I never use them.
    Major Leafe: That's obvious.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: The film features a foul-beaked mynah bird.
    Mynah bird: Oh, what a beauty.
    Arthur: You're round here somewhere, mate, I can hear you.
    Mynah bird: Get stuffed.
    Arthur: And that's how you're going to end up.
  • Running Gag:
    • Roland stumbling over Anna's surname.
      Roland: Mrs, Mrs, Mrs...
      Anna: Vrooshka!
    • The mynah bird saying rude phrases, and its owner refusing to believe this.
  • Slippery Skid: The sinkholes from the excavating leads to Roland waking up, standing in a dish on the floor to catch rainwater, and skidding onto Anna's bed on the other side of the caravan.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Prof Roland.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Ernie confesses to this, which horrifies Fred, who is afraid Ernie will disclose his extra-marital indescretions.
    Ernie: It needn't stop you.
    Fred: Of course it will! Everything I do, you'll tell your missus, she'll nip round and tell my missus.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • Arthur and Major Leafe.
    • Fred and Ernie, who hope to go fishing together.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: Prof Anna thinks undressing is a luxury while on an expedition, because of the danger of clothes being stolen.
    Anna: When I was in Gobi Desert, we did not undress for ten weeks.
  • "Which Restroom" Dilemma: Outside the showers, the "Men" sign is falling off, so Barnes takes it down, leaving "Showers". Anna sees the sign and enters, thinking the showers are unisex, meeting a horrified and naked Roland.
    Roland: You can't come in here! You're a woman.
    Anna: Yes I know, so what? Bath is for men only?
    Roland: Yes.
    Anna: Mr Roland, this is discrimination. In my country, bath is also for women.
    Roland: Yes, but not in here. You have to go next door.
    Anna: Of course. I am not coming in with you, Mr Roland; I am going next door. (Heads to the next cubicle)
    Roland: But in England, men and women bath separately!
    Anna: Oh, of course, in my country also. Except when there is shortage of hot water.


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