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Barnes: Have a look at this!
Daphne: Well, lay it on the table so I can see it.
— An overheard conversation between Henry and Daphne Barnes over a game of poker.

Carry On Behind is a 1975 British film and the 27th from the Carry On film series. It stars German actress Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor, Jack Douglas, Joan Sims, Windsor Davies, Peter Butterworth, and Liz Fraser.

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 instead written by Dave Freeman, who was also a writer for Sid 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 Riverside Caravan Park, a field by some trees and a clubhouse, where it rains heavily and there are sinkholes... lots of sinkholes. It's owned by Major Leep (Connor) and run with the help of Henry Barnes (Butterworth), a dirty odd-jobs man.

Some of the visitors include Professor Roland Crump (Williams), who brings along foreign colleague Professor Anna Vooshka (Sommer) and a load of rowdy archaeology students to excavate nearby, which causes a lot of havoc with the other residents; Fred Ramsden (Davies), a butcher, and his electrician friend Ernie Bragg (Douglas) who hope to find some crumpet as their wives Sylvia (Fraser) and Vera (Patricia Franklin) won't be coming with them; Carol (Sherrie Hewson) and Sandra (Carol Hawkins), two dolly birds who catch Fred and Ernie's attention; Arthur Upmore (Bresslaw), whose holiday is spoilt as he reluctantly brings his wife Linda's (Patsy Rowlands) mother, Daphne (Sims), and her pet - a talking mynah bird (Gerald Thomas); and Joe and Norma Baxter (Ian Lavender and Adrienne Posta), a couple with an enormous dog named Ollie.

It seems that no one will be having a relaxing holiday, as Professor Crump has to struggle to work with the vastly different Professor Vooshka; Carol and Sandra take advantage of Fred and Ernie's desperate advances before leaving them for Bob (Brian Osborne) and Clive (Larry Dann); Arthur is worn down by Daphne's constant nagging and trying to track down her escaped mynah bird; Ollie goes missing, forcing Joe to try and find him once more; and Barnes has a chance re-encounter with Daphne, who had left him ten years prior.

Everything comes to a "ripping" conclusion at the newly opened Riverside Club, where Major Leep accidentally hires a stripper, Veronica (Jenny Cox), for the cabaret and the over-painted chairs leave everyone looking a right arse as Hilarity Ensues.

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

Tropes Included:

  • Accidental Pervert: When trying to hide evidence of the holes he has poked around the caravan park, Professor Crump lies to Arthur that he is just enjoying the view. Arthur realises he has a direct view of Sandra getting dressed, so Professor Crump panics and tells him he was looking the other way... where Arthur's wife Linda is getting dressed.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Unusually for the Carry On films, there is a long and touchingly emotive scene when Linda's mother Daphne reunites with her estranged husband Henry Barnes.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • A jazz arrangement of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" plays when Fred is introduced, an in-joke to his actor, Windsor Davies.
    • At one point, Fred uses the phrase "Lovely boy", the Catchphrase of his actor's character on It Ain't Half Hot, Mum.
    • The final line of the film is Professor Crump telling Professor Vooshka to "Stop messin' about", a Catchphrase frequently used by his actor (Kenneth Williams).
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Fred calls Ernie "Ern".
    • Barnes calls Daphne "Daph".
  • Agony of the Feet:
    • Arthur hurts his feet when he treads in his breakfast.
    • Professor Crump is left with a nasty splinter in his big toe after Fred and Ernie try to give him medical assistance.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • At Professor Crump's lecture, when a video of Veronica the stripper is shown by accident, all the men cheer and try to stop Professor Crump from turning it off.
      Professor Crump: They sent the wrong film, I do apologise, but what can I do?
      Male Students: Show it again!
    • During Veronica's striptease, all the men gleefully watch her, much to the disgust and annoyance of their wives and partners.
  • All There in the Script:
    • We don't get to know Arthur and Linda's last name, but the back of the DVD in "The Classic Carry On Film Collection" boxset gives it as "Upmore".
    • Several other characters are unnamed in the film, but given names in official cast lists:
      • Joe's wife's name is Norma, and their surname is Baxter.
      • The other archaeology student's name is Bob.
      • The two girls who Fred and Ernie take to the clubhouse are called Sally and Maureen.
      • Else's last name is Rowan.
  • All Women Are Prudes: During Veronica's striptease, all the women in the audience look annoyed and jealous of the attention she's getting.
    Professor Vooshka: Is wrong for lady showing her ker-nickers in public, no?
    Linda: Yes, I agree.
    Professor Vooshka: So, we are leaving.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The opening credits are set against a backdrop of people doing everyday activities that involve shaking rears.
  • Ass Shove: Arthur has two rather painful ones involving Daphne's cacti.
  • Baby Talk: Norma likes to talk to Ollie this way, which annoys Joe to no end.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Barnes and Daphne have a rather suggestive conversation heard from outside a caravan, until the shot cuts inside and it turns out they were playing poker the whole time.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • A frozen Ernie mentions something of his fell off. Fred is horrified as he stammers "Me di-" over and over before finally saying "Me temperature".
    • Major Leep has one he tells Fred what to do with his caravan.
      Major Leep: Yes, well you can stick it up... over there, by the hedge.
  • Belly Dancer: One appears from behind during the opening credits.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Joe and Norma bring Ollie, an enormous wolfhound, who is quite friendly but causes annoyance to the other caravanners.
    Norma: He's gone into next door's tent thing!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Carol and Sandra flirt with Fred and Ernie whenever they want something, but then ditch them for Bob and Clive.
  • A Bloody Mess: When an explosion upsets Professor Crump and Professor Vooshka'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.
    Professor Crump: Here! What are you, a vampire?
    Doctor: It's tomato sauce!
  • Brick Joke: Veronica, the stripper accidentally shown at Professor Crump's lecture, returns at the end of the film after Major Leep accidentally hires her to do cabaret.
  • Buffy Speak: Norma refers to the Upmore's caravan awning as "next door's tent thing".
  • The Butcher: Professor Crump wakes up after being knocked unconscious to find a strange man (Fred, a butcher) leaning over him. When Fred introduces himself by profession, Professor Crump screams in terror.
  • Cactus Cushion: Twice, Arthur is impaled by a cactus, belonging to his equally prickly mother-in-law Daphne.
    Linda: Arthur, I don't know where Mummy could have got to.
    Arthur: Perhaps some fella picked her up.
    Linda: Don't be so coarse.
    Arthur: All right, perhaps she picked up some fella. [Arthur backs into the cactus] OW!
    Linda: 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.
    Major Leep: This is Major Leep speaking, and 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 urgent message. 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. Carol is dismayed by the sign informing them that only caravans are permitted, but Sandra knows that they can easily charm the site owner, Major Leep, as indeed they do.
  • Casting Gag: George Layton, who was at the time best known for appearing in Doctor in the House, has a small role as the doctor who attends to Professor Crump.
  • Censor Steam: When Professor Vooshka is showering in the men's showers, steam hides her naked form.
  • Cheating with the Milkman: Arthur worries Linda is having an affair with the milkman in their caravan, but fortunately she was only trying to get her mother Daphne's mynah bird to speak.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A conversation between Barnes and Major Leep over paint stripper proves important later when it's revealed that this led to the accidental hiring of Veronica the stripper to do the cabaret performance.
  • Clothing Damage: The over-painted clubhouse chairs rip everyone's pants and dresses when they stand up.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: The chairs in the clubhouse make the bottom of the seated's clothes rip off completely, which is particularly unfortunate for Sandra who has spent the evening Going Commando.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Daphne's reaction when Arthur treads in his breakfast:
      Arthur: OWWW!
      Daphne: Arthur, what are you doing?!
      Arthur: I've just trodden in my breakfast!
      Daphne: Well, I wish you'd do it more quietly!
    • Fred does so when Professor Vooshka tries to get help for an injured Professor Crump:
      Professor Vooshka: Must be finding doctors, man is injured.
      Ernie: But what man?
      Professor Vooshka: Is, is professor of archaeology. Is bleeding terrible.
      Fred: Never mind 'is qualifications, is 'e 'urt badly?
    • When Fred asks Ernie to have a look at the mirror he's using to check if Professor Crump is still breathing, Ernie gets confused, believing he was asking him to look at Professor Crump himself, and remarks that he's still there.
  • Covered in Gunge: Professor Crump accidentally falls into the old cesspit and ends up covered in sewerage.
    Professor Crump: I'm in the pit!
    Barnes: Here! Don't pollute it!
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: When Arthur and Linda see what looks like Professor Crump urinating on a tree, Arthur covers Linda's eyes with a magazine.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Professor Vooshka meets Professor Crump the first time when she crashes her car into his caravan.
  • Cue Card Pause: During Professor Crump's lecture, much to his embarrassment.
    Professor Crump: And we know from the crude drawings, on the walls of his cave, that he frequently exposed himself. (Audience laughter) Er, uh, exposed himself to all manner of dangers in his search for food, and the other. (Audience laughter) Ah, huh, heh. The other significant feature of his existence was the presence of iced glaciers in the vicinity which undoubtedly caused the piles. (Audience laugher) The pile, the piles of debris to move down and cover his dwelling place.
  • Curse Cut Short: Daphne stops Arthur from saying arse.
    Arthur: Oh, bother me. Bless my soul. I do believe I nearly said a rude word, which isn't surprising cos I got a cactus spike right up my-
    Daphne: Arthur!
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Joe didn't want to bring his dog Ollie on holiday with him, and doesn't let his wife Norma forget it with his non-stop snark.
      Joe: Look, if 'e's comin' with us, he's got t'get used to stayin' outside.
      Norma: Well supposing it rains?
      Joe: We'll buy 'im an umbrella!
    • Arthur becomes one whenever his mother-in-law Daphne is near.
      Daphne: Well I can't leave them at home, they'll die.
      Arthur: Good.
  • Dirty Coward: Barnes doesn't want to save the women in the showers from a possible pervert because he's afraid of getting hurt.
    Carol: He might attack someone!
    Barnes: You're right - me!
  • Dirty Old Man:
    • Although married to Sylvia, Fred still lusts after Carol and Sandra.
      Fred: As far as this holiday is concerned, H'Ernie, we is single, and don't you forget it.
    • Major Leep ogles Sandra's legs and tries to get Daphne drunk so he can have sex with her.
  • Dope Slap: Norma gives one to Joe with one of Veronica's discarded gloves after he gets a little too into her cabaret performance.
  • Double Entendre:
    • Fred turns a conversation about meat into one about sex.
      Else: Give us a bit of that for me old man.
      Fred: Give that to your 'usband and you're in for a night of romance.
      Else: Ooh hoo-hoo! Can I do it in the oven?
      Fred: Do it where you like. Is your kitchen.
    • A conversation between Fred and Barnes about a beach ball on a bonfire brings to mind a different type of balls...
      Barnes: What're you yellin' about?
      Fred: Me ball's burnin'!
      Barnes: Don't stand so close to the fire.
  • Double Take: Professor Crump has one when he realises instead of a film showing Miss Amelia Fossdyke on an archaeological dig, he has shown his students one of Veronica the stripper.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: A haggling scene occurs when Professors Crump and Vooshka rent the filthy caravan of Henry Barnes.
    Professor Vooshka: How much rent you asking?
    Barnes: Well I'm, I'm only a simple man you see, I, I don't understand figures. (Beat) Thirty quid a week. (Professor Vooshka gasps)
    Professor Crump: £30?! You must be insane.
    Barnes: All right then, all right twenty-five, take it or leave it.
    Professor Crump: We'll leave it!
    Professor Vooshka: We're taking. Fifteen quids a veek.
    Barnes: Twenty.
    Professor Crump: Now look here, the only reason we want this dilapidated mobile hovel is for somewhere to do our operations.
    Barnes: Operations? (Beat) What kind of operations?
    Professor Crump: Somewhere to examine our artifacts.
    Professor Vooshka: He will be getting them out and I shall be examining them, and then shticking labels on them.
    Barnes: You, you do what you like - it's still twenty quid a week.
    Professor Vooshka: Fifteen is last offer, da?
    Barnes: Fifteen for my lovely home?!
    Professor Vooshka: Da.
    Barnes: Right, but I'm not leavin' the beddin'!
  • Dripping Disturbance: On a rainy night, the roof leaks in the caravan shared by Professors Crump and Vooshka, causing water to drip rhythmically into bowls placed on the floor, with accompanying music.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Professor Vooshka, who manages to total Professor Crump's caravan the first time they meet by ramming into it with her car.
  • 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 named Veronica. 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.
    Professor Crump: Notice the typical upland scenery. [Veronica's torso is shown on screen] Neolithic man always preferred those areas... [Veronica's rear is now in view] the lower regions were often foresty, and inclined to be swampy. The two large mounds in the foreground... [Veronica begins shaking her breasts] ...are of especial interest. It was these which first drew our attention to the site, and now we see the site partially uncovered. [Veronica begins removing what little clothing she has] Notice the small indentation in the middle. [Veronica's belly button is on display] The small indentation was probably caused by a sharpened pole, which was rammed in to hold up the roof, the normal method of beginning a stone-age erection. And now we see Miss Fossdyke about to uncover something of enormous interest. [Veronica reveals her breasts].
  • Faint in Shock:
    • Professor Crump does so after he mistakes the tomato sauce on his head for blood.
    • Barnes passes out after he meets Daphne for the first time in ten years.
  • Favors for the Sexy: Major Leep allows Carol and Sandra to stay at Riverside Caravan Park without a tent after Sandra shows off her legs to him.
  • Feedback Rule: This happens when Major Leep his tests his new public address system. At first, the sound from the loudspeakers is garbled, but when a woman puts her ear to it, she is startled by the feedback.
  • Fictional Document: They Do It For Fun, a sexy novel that Fred reads.
  • Fingore: Arthur smashes his fingers when trying to hammer in a tent peg.
  • Food Slap: A student at Professor Crump's lecture grips his ice cream too tight and it is launched into a the cleavage of a lady in a low-cut dress, much to her shock.
  • Forgot to Mind Their Head:
    • Arthur bangs his head on a caravan cabinet when Linda tells him that her mother Daphne is coming on holiday with them.
    • Ernie gets up too fast and smacks his head on the caravan ceiling.
  • Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: Daphne's mynah bird often says things such as "Get stuffed!" or "Show us yer knickers!". Daphne refuses to believe her bird would use such language, and so thinks Arthur is the one saying it to her.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Fred's last name (Ramsden) is never stated in the film, but is visible on the sign on his butcher's shop.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Vera hits Bob with a one for coming on to her, then she and Sylvia repeatedly pound their husbands, Fred and Ernie, with them after they find them sitting with in their caravan with Carol, Sandra, Sally and Maureen.
  • Funetik Aksent: Professor Vooshka speaks with one, leading to much confusion for Professor Crump.
    Professor Crump: No it's not just that! We can't... share a caravan!
    Professor Vooshka: Oh, you thinking you getting cram-pet, no?
    Professor Crump: Yes- OH! Certainly not! Where on earth did you learn that expression?
    Professor Vooshka: "Cram-pet". "Cram-pet" is, er, squash-ed. Is in dictionary, cram-pet is, er, ah, squash-ed together.
    Professor Crump: Ah? Ohh, I see! You mean "cramped".
    Professor Vooshka: Is what I say, "cram-pet".
    Professor Crump: Cram-pet, cramp-et, crumpet, crump-cress, well you can be cramped here on your own. Ah, if you don't mind I'm going to the pub, I'll find a room there.
    Professor Vooshka: Maybe you getting cram-pet in pub also?
  • Funny Foreigner: Professor Vooshka is a mild version, accidentally speaking in innuendos.
    Professor Vooshka: Therefore I'm going around camp looking for scrubbers.
  • Glove Slap: Norma slaps Joe with one of Veronica's gloves out of jealous brought on by how much attention she's getting during her striptease.
  • Going Commando: Sandra does so when she visits the clubhouse, which causes problems when the bottom of her dress is ripped off.
    Sandra: I can't stand up!
    Carol: Well I told ya you should have worn 'em!
  • Greed: When Barnes hears about archaeologists in the area, he creates his own Roman artifacts to get them to buy them from him.
    Barnes: Great! It's good enough for Julius Caesar!
  • Groin Attack: Ernie accidentally does it to himself when he walks into a car mirror.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: After the over-painted clubhouse chairs rip everyone's pants and dresses, all manner of items are used to cover people's underwear such as hands, napkins and purses.
  • Harmless Freezing: Ernie is accidentally locked in Fred's fridge and frozen stiff, but doesn't seem to suffer any ill effects from it.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: This dialogue between the doctor, and Professor Crump, played by the gay actor Kenneth Williams:
    Professor Crump: Oh, I feel so queer.
    Doctor: Yes, of course you do.
  • Henpecked Husband: A couple of the married male characters - Arthur has to deal with not only his wife Linda, but his mother-in-law Daphne too, and Joe has to put up with Norma forcing him to bring their dog Ollie on holiday with them.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Played for Laughs when Fred and Ernie are somewhat drunk, and investigate Professor Crump lying unconscious in his caravan bed, supposedly with a bleeding head:
    Ernie: Is he dead?
    Ernie: So, erm, what's the mirror for?
    Fred: I want a second opinion. Go on.
    Ernie: Right.
    Fred: 'Ave a look.
    Fred: Is the glass misted over?
    Ernie: No.
    Fred: He's dead.
    Professor Crump: Argh! No, I'm not! I'm not! Am I?
    Fred: He must have been holding his breath!
  • Home-Early Surprise: Sylvia and Vera, leave their health farm trip early. They had sent a telegram to inform Fred and Ernie of this, but it did not reach them. They suddenly arrive at Fred and Ernie's caravan, only to find it crowded with Ernie, Fred, Clive, Bob... and Carol, Sandra, Sally, and Maureen. What follows is Sylvia and Vera showing their husbands what they think of this development by way of a beatdown with a pair of frying pans.
  • Hot Potato: This happens with a beach ball, which Carol and Sandra are playing with on the caravan site. Fred interferes in their game, and casually kicks the ball away; it lands in somebody's bowl of washing up. That person throws it away; it lands in somebody's salad bowl, knocking it off the table. They kick it away; it lands in Barnes' wheelbarrow. He spears the ball with a garden fork, and throws it on his bonfire, to Fred's dismay.
  • How Do You Say: Professor Vooshka says this often when trying to explain herself in English.
    Professor Vooshka: You see, I am keeping a - how you say - dirrrty caravan.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Barnes throws a trash-collecting stick into some bushes, and an angry couple arise out and glare at him for it.
  • Last-Name Basis: Aside from Daphne, everyone calls Henry by his surname "Barnes".
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Fred after Ernie tells him they can still go fishing instead of chasing birds.
    Fred: I did not come 'ere to go fishing, I came 'ere to go f- (Beat) Finding other things to do.
  • Locked in a Freezer: When fixing Fred's fridge, Ernie is accidentally locked inside. Fred finds him covered in ice, shivering, and frozen in a door-knocking position.
    Fred: Hey, talkin' of H'Ernie, when's he comin' to see about that fridge?
    Sylvia: What d'ya mean "when's he comin'"? He came when you hopped out for a pint. He's in there.
    Fred: Oh, no! I've shut the door on him!
  • Losing Horns: "Wah-wah" music is heard when Carol and Sandra hold up the chicken which was to be their dinner after it was run over by a van.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Ernie talks in his sleep, so he decides to call Carol "Charlie" so that his wife Vera won't think he's been trying to have an affair, until Fred points out that him talking about "Charlie" in his sleep will look a damn sight worse.
  • Mistaken Identity: Linda mistakes Joe for her husband Arthur when in the showers, as they both have similar... dressing gowns.
    Linda: Oh, I do beg your pardon, only m-my husband has one just like yours.
    Joe: Eh?
    Linda: The same colour, and i-it's also creased and wrinkled.
  • Modesty Towel: Professor Vooshka wears one after her wash in the men's showers.
  • My Beloved Smother: Linda's mother Daphne comes along to the caravan park with her and her husband Arthur, and spends most of her time there telling off Arthur for what she believes to be vulgarity.
  • Mythology Gag: Eric Rogers reuses his composition of "The Stripper" from Doctor in Trouble for Veronica's performance scene.
  • Naked Freak-Out: When Barnes faints, he accidentally takes down a shower door leaving the girl inside to frantically cover her breasts and behind while pressing herself into the corner.
  • Nature Tinkling: Professor Crump punctures a hole in the ground and makes water shoot out. Unfortunately, the way he's standing makes Arthur and Linda think he's having a piss.
  • No Full Name Given:
    • We don't get to know Sandra, Carol, Clive or Veronica's last names.
    • The same can be said for Major Leep's first name.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • Linda catches Arthur and Norma in bed together, after Norma had tripped trying to retrieve Ollie from their tent awning.
    • Sylvia and Vera catch their husbands Fred and Ernie surrounded by women in their caravan, when they had only been trying to mend their damaged dresses while staying out of the rain.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: When Fred and Ernie accidentally blow up Carol and Sandra's tent, they offer their own caravan to sleep in. Where do Fred and Ernie then sleep? Standing up outside, wrapped in blankets. Later, when their wives, Sylvia and Vera, turn up unexpectedly, they sleep standing up again, but inside the caravan.
  • Oh, Crap!: Fred's reaction after he finds out that he locked Ernie in the fridge.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Fred and Ernie's first names are Frederick and Ernest, but Fred only mentions them in one scene.
  • Only Sane Man: Arthur and Linda spend a vast majority of the film catching other campers in moments that make sense in context and reacting in surprise or disgust.
    Arthur: I don't care what'cha say, there are some very odd people on this site.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Arthur comes home and hears his wife Linda talking suggestively to someone in their caravan. Much to his relief she was only trying to teach her mother Daphne's mynah bird to speak.
    Arthur: I thought it was the milkman!
  • The Peeping Tom: Arthur believes Professor Crump to be one after catching him accidentally watching Sandra and Linda get changed through their caravan windows.
  • The Pig-Pen: Henry Barnes (the caravan park's odd-job man), much to the displeasure of Major Leep, his boss.
    Major Leep: Yes well, now look, I'm getting reports that the showers aren't working properly.
    Barnes: Don't ask me, I never use 'em.
    Major Leep: Hm, that's obvious.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: The film features a foul-beaked mynah bird owned by Daphne Barnes.
    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.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Professor Crump is believed to have died by Fred and Ernie after he is injured by Carol and Sandra's tent exploding, until they realise he was only holding his breath.
  • Running Gag:
    • The mynah bird saying rude phrases, and Daphne refusing to believe this.
    • Professor Crump stumbling over Professor Vooshka's surname.
  • Say My Name: Fred screams Ernie's name as he rushes over to the fridge to free him.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: The doctor and nurse attending to Professor Crump briefly lose track of what they're doing and discuss the difference between tomato sauce and tomato ketchup.
  • Serendipitous Symphony: The roof of the caravan in which Professors Crump and Vooshka are sleeping in leaks during a rainstorm. Professor Crump places saucepans and trays down to catch the drips, which fall in rhythm, causing Professor Vooshka to smile and click her fingers in time to it.
    Professor Vooshka: Is making nice tune, no?
  • Shaking the Rump: What the animated Animated Credits Opening consists of.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Professor Crump, Arthur and Joe all get them when they have showers.
    • Professor Crump also gets another as he gets undressed for bed.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The credits theme is scored around the notes B, E, B - the initials of Betty Evelyn Box, the wife of producer Peter Rogers.
    • Ernie wears several rock 'n' roll themed shirts that say things such as "DUKE OF EARL" or "THE STREAK".
    • Fred lies that he was left back for Merthyr.
  • Shovel Strike: Clive uses a shovel to hit a loudspeaker broadcasting unwelcome announcements from Major Leep throughout the caravan site, causing an explosion at the speaker, and in Major Leep's office.
  • Shower Scene:
    • Professor Crump goes to have a shower and is horrified when Professor Vooshka enters the men's showers. Arthur and Joe decide to admire her instead.
    • Arthur goes for another shower when Professor Crump turns off the water mains, leaving him covered in soap with nothing to wash it off.
    • Daphne, Carol and Sandra all go for showers, when Daphne's mynah bird starts calling out to them. Carol is convinced it is a man, so she brings Barnes in to sort him out, only for him to see his ex-wife Daphne and faint, taking down the door of another woman having a shower.
  • Slippery Skid: The sinkholes lead to Professor Crump waking up, standing in a dish on the floor to catch rainwater, and skidding onto Professor Vooshka's bed on the other side of the caravan.
  • Something Else Also Rises: As Major Leep and the electrician watch Veronica begin her striptease, a desk lamp in front of them swings up.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Professor Crump whenever he has to explain innuendos to Professor Vooshka.
  • Spell My Name with an S:
    • Elke Sommer plays Professor Anna Vooshka, but several sources incorrectly spell her surname as "Vrooshka".
    • No one seems to be able to decide on if Kenneth Connor's Major has the surname of "Leep", "Leap" or "Leafe". The DVD subtitles use "Leep".
  • Spit Take:
    • Arthur has one after Daphne's mynah bird tells him to get stuffed.
    • Ernie does one after hearing Fred's "Bottom's up" joke.
  • Spoonerism: Major Leep muddles up his own name when trying to make an announcement.
    Major Leep: This is Major Speep leaking. (Beat) Speaking.
  • Stuff Blowing Up:
    • Professor Vooshka tosses a lit cigarette out the caravan window, which happens to land near a gas stove that blows up Carol and Sandra's tent.
    • Bob tells Clive to hit one of Major Leep's loudspeakers with a shovel. He does and it blows up both the loudspeaker and the machinery used to operate it.
  • Suddenly Shouting: When inspecting Professor Crump, who they believe is bleeding from the head, Ernie asks Fred if he's dead, to which Fred roars at him that of course he's dead.
  • Suggestive Collision: Norma trips trying to catch her dog Ollie and lands in bed with Arthur. To make matters worse, Arthur's wife Linda catches them after they land.
  • Tagline: "The Carry On team...looking a site for sore thighs!".
  • Talking in Your Sleep:
    • Ernie confesses to this, which horrifies Fred, who is afraid Ernie will disclose his extra-marital indiscretions.
      Ernie: Well it needn't stop you.
      Fred: Well of course it will! Everything I do, you tell your missus. She'll nip round, tell my missus!
    • Professor Vooshka hears Daphne's mynah bird say "Show us your knickers" and mistakenly believes it's Professor Crump sleep talking.
  • The Teetotaler: After Professor Vooshka asks him if he feels affected by the atmosphere of the Roman NAAFI, Professor Crump retorts he never drinks.
  • Tempting Fate: Just as Ernie remarks he can't see any holes outside his caravan, he and Fred step out the door and fall in one full of water.
  • There Is Only One Bed: The uptight Professor Crump is appalled by the idea of sharing a caravan with his colleague Professor Vooshka. They sleep at opposite ends of the caravan, with a blanket tied across the caravan so they have some privacy.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • Fred and Ernie, who hope to go fishing together.
    • Carol and Sandra, the pretty dolly birds who catch Fred and Ernie's eyes.
    • Bob and Clive, the two archaeology students who catch Carol and Sandra's eyes.
  • Title Theme Drop: A slow piano version of the theme plays when Fred and Ernie visit the pub.
  • Trashy Trailer Home: Barnes lives in a dirty old caravan as part of his tight-fisted lifestyle. When Professors Crump and Vooshka rent it, it takes Professor Vooshka all day to make it hygienic through constant scrubbing and removal of a bird nest. Despite her best efforts there are still other problems though, such as the various holes in the roof.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Professor Vooshka does so due to her thick Russian accent.
  • Tyop on the Cover: The back of the 2005 Australian DVD release by Magna Pacific alternates between calling Elke Sommer's character "Anna Vooshka" (which is correct) and "Anna Vrooshka" (which incorrectly spells her name with an "r").
  • Undercrank: Used when Professor Vooshka crashes into Professor Crump's caravan and Professor Crump and the Dean walk over to her.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: Professor Vooshka thinks undressing at night is a luxury while on an expedition, because of the danger of clothes being stolen.
    Professor Vooshka: When I was in Gobi Dezerr, we did not undress for ten weeks.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: A lady in a low-cut dress at Professor Crump's lecture gets an ice cream down her cleavage by accident.
  • V-Sign: Barnes quickly flicks a v-sign at the loudspeaker when Major Leep reads his first announcement.
  • When It Rains, It Pours: This happens on the last night at the caravan site, causing massive sinkholes to appear.
  • "Which Restroom?" Dilemma: Outside the showers, the "MEN" sign is falling off, so Barnes takes it down, leaving "SHOWERS". Professor Vooshka sees the sign and enters, thinking the showers are unisex, meeting a horrified and naked Professor Crump.
    Professor Crump: You can't come in here! You're a woman.
    Professor Vooshka: Yes I know, so what? Bath is for men only?
    Professor Crump: Yes!
    Professor Vooshka: Mr. Rolands, this is discrimination. In my country, bath is also for women.
    Professor Crump: Yes, but not in here. You have to go next door.
    Professor Vooshka: Of course. I am not coming in with you, Mr. Roland; I am going next door.
    Professor Crump: But er, Miss, Miss, Miss, Miss...
    Professor Vooshka: Vooshka!
    Professor Crump: Vooshka, yes, Miss Vooshka, in England, men and women bath separately!
    Professor Vooshka: Oh of course, in my country also. Except, when there is shortage of hot water.