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Scottish Highwayman: STAND AND DELIVER!
Dick: That's just what I was about to do.
Harriet: And about time too!
Dick Turpin and Harriet bump into a Scottish Highwayman.

Carry On Dick was released in 1974, and was the 26th film in the Carry On series. It was based on the Georgian historical highwayman Dick Turpin, who was known for robbing aristocrats around England, and stars Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, and Jack Douglas. This was the last Carry On film for James, Jacques, and Windsor.note 

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

Despite the Runners intervening on many of Dick's ambushes, Dick manages to hold up Madame Desiree (Sims) and her Birds of Paradise (Penny Irving, Laraine Humphrys, Linda Hooks, and Eva Reuber-Staier), and repeatedly rob Sir Roger and his Lady wife (Margaret Nolan). Captain Fancey and Sergeant Jock Strapp (Douglas) decide to go alone, in fear of being fired by Sir Roger, and head to the Old Cock Inn where they manage to find out the history of Dick Turpin from Maggie (Marianne Stone), which they try and use to their advantage (with disastrous results) alongside help from the blithering old Constable (Connor), who manages to be even less competent then they are!

Dick, Tom and Harriet seem to be on getting away with their crimes scot-free, but dark times loom ahead for them after Miss Hoggett speaks with Squire Trelawney (Michael Nightingale) and Mrs. Giles (Patsy Rowlands) at the church jumble sale and hears that Reverend Flasher hasn't been visiting them like he claims, causing her to grow suspicious of the Rector's actions, while Harriet is arrested upon discovery she is in possession of Lady Daley's stolen bracelet.

Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp seem like they are getting closer to stopping Dick Turpin once and for all, but it seems that Big Dick has a few more tricks up his sleeve that no one sees coming...

Expect a Hurricane of Puns, bawdy humour, and Sid James' dirty laugh. It is a Carry On film, after all.

Tropes Include:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Miss Hoggett to Dick, who doesn't find her attractive.
  • Accent Slip-Up: 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: After discovering that Dick Turpin has a birthmark on his diddler, Sergeant Strapp follows men into the restroom and inspects their genitalia as they urinate. He could've been unnoticed if he didn't directly stand over them with a magnifying glass.
  • Actor Allusion: The voice Captain Fancey uses when pretending to be Dandy Desmond is based on the voice Kenneth Williams used to play Rambling Syd Rumpo in Round the Horne.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: A Scottish highwayman holds up Dick's gang but lets them go after they make him laugh with a sex joke.
  • Affectionate Parody: The film follows historical figure Dick Turpin... although with far more penis jokes than in reality.
  • All Girls Want Badboys:
    • The Birds of Paradise all fawn over Dick as he robs them at gunpoint.
    • Harriet wants Dick because of the danger that comes with him.
  • Alliterative Name: Dandy Desmond, the alias Sergeant Strapp gives Captain Fancey.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Sir Roger is quite a womanizer when Lady Daley, his wife, is on the other side of England.
  • All There in the Script:
    • We don't get to know Miss Hoggett's first name, but the back of the DVD in "The Classic Carry On Film Collection" boxset gives it as "Martha".
    • We don't get to know the names of the tailor and the Bow Street Runner with Sergeant Strapp when the Birds of Paradise are held up in the film, but they are given as "Isaac" and "Browning" respectively in cast lists.
  • All Women Are Lustful:
    • The Birds of Paradise, probably because they're not allowed to get amorous with the men they meet (Madame Desiree threatens the audience with her rapier if any of them want to try anything). When Sir Roger and his secret police catch "Dick" (Harriet in disguise) trying to hide in the Birds' bedroom, Captain Fancey orders the Birds to leave as "Dick" strips off to show "his" birthmark, and the Birds leave with obvious looks of disappointment on their faces.
    • Harriet definitely shows signs of this, being attracted to the badboy Dick Turpin. When she is called into his office, she starts to throw herself upon him as he talks, feeling for the buttons on his shirt and ruffling his hair.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: When Captain Fancy is being arrested by the Constable while believed to be Dick Turpin:
    Captain Fancey: I am Captain Fancey of the Bow Street Runners!
    Constable: And Ah'm Titania, Queen of all the fairies!
  • Attempted Rape: Captain Fancey threatens to force himself on Harriet to get her to confess about what she knows of Dick Turpin, but it backfires on him.
    Captain Fancey: You're a comely wench. There's nothing to stop me forcing my attentions on you.
    Harriet: Oh, promises, promises!
    Captain Fancey: Whoa! Oh, get off! She's incorrigible!
  • Badass Preacher: Dick Turpin must count as this as Reverend Flasher, even though it's his alter ego. The final scene counts as this, as he manages to knock out the Constable and escape with the collection money.
  • Bad Habits: Dick's gang all disguise as members of the clergy. Tom and Harriet as church workers, and Dick as the Reverend Flasher.
  • Bait-and-Switch: With Bodkin during Dick's sermon:
    Dick: If there is one man, just one man amongst you, who can say in all truthfulness that within the past week he has not committed adultery, then he may leave this church now and go, with my blessing. (Beat) Ah, we have at least one good man with us. Well done, Brother Bodkin.
    Bodkin: Oh, it's not that, Rector. You just reminded me where I left my 'at last night.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Dick as Reverend Flasher gives a sermon:
    Dick: As I look 'round my little flock this beautiful day, I cannot help but be struck by the thought that seldom under one roof can there have been gathered such a fine collection... of thieves and fornicators.
  • Bathtub Scene: Captain Fancey is thrown into a bathtub by the Birds of Paradise as they strip him.
  • Bird-Poop Gag: As Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp send off a messenger pigeon, it poops on Captain Fancey's hat:
    Captain Fancey: Oh! Filthy beast! Give me a bit of paper.
    Sergeant Strapp: Don't be silly, that pigeon'll be miles away by now.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Dick blows one at Captain Fancey and Sir Roger after making his escape from the church in a stolen stagecoach.
  • Bound and Gagged: Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp are left in this condition by Dick's gang after Harriet is broken out of jail.
  • Brick Joke: Bodkin leaves Dick's sermon to go retrieve his hat from his one night stand's house. Later in the film, Tom sees him in the stocks and Bodkin shamefully mentions her husband had found his hat before he did.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Madame Desiree gives Dick attitude while he robs her at gunpoint:
    Dick: Excuse me Madame, I don't think you've noticed what I've got 'ere.
    Madame Desiree: Hmm, that doesn't scare me. I've seen bigger ones in my time.
  • The Casanova: Sir Roger, who is seen with several young women when Lady Daley's on the other side of England.
  • Character Catchphrase: Dick's "Stand and deliver!".
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Captain Fancey, Sergeant Strapp, Sir Roger, the Constable and Lady Daley discuss Dick Turpin, Lady Daley cries over the loss of her mother's bracelet. Later on, this is how Harriet is discovered to be in Dick's gang - she is spotted wearing the aforementioned bracelet.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Miss Hoggett weeps at Dick's feet when she thinks he has another woman.
  • Clueless Detective: It really makes one wonder how Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp made to their current ranks in the Runners, considering how many times Dick outsmarts them.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp try to tell Reverend Flasher that Dick Turpin has a birthmark on his penis, he keeps misunderstanding their euphemisms, e.g. "woodcutter" and "cock". Of course, Reverend Flasher was Dick in disguise, so it was all on purpose.
  • Corpsing: In-Universe; Dick and Tom drop their pious act to snigger at Bodkin remembering where he left his hat last night.
  • Curse Cut Short: Captain Fancey stops himself when talking to Reverend Flasher.
    Dick: Well, so many folk 'round here keep poultry, you see.
    Captain Fancey: I don't mean that kind of co- Oh, this is very difficult.
  • Damsel in Distress: Harriet is captured after being revealed to be a member of Dick's gang and is locked up in the jail.
  • The Dandy: Sergeant Strapp gives Captain Fancey the alias "Dandy Desmond" when they go undercover at the Old Cock Inn.
    Bodkin: Is the law after you then, sir?
    Sergeant Strapp: After 'im? You've obviously never heard of... Dandy Desmond?!
    Bodkin: "Randy" who?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sir Roger, having no time for Captain Fancey's failures.
    Sir Roger: Brilliant! A masterpiece of deduction, ya blitherin' jackass! I'll have ya hide for this!
  • Dirty Coward: When Harriet holds Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp at gunpoint, Captain Fancey hides behind Sergeant Strapp and lies that he is Captain Fancey, not him.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Maggie, who willingly talks about her encounter with Turpin, no matter how intimate the reason to his visit is.
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • Harriet pretends to be a boy when in Dick's gang.
    • Dick and Tom dress up as old women to rescue Harriet after she's arrested, and when Harriet is freed, they take her out disguised as Captain Fancey.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Tom has to be dragged away from the Birds of Paradise by Dick.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Miss Hoggett longs to marry Dick, but he won't give her the time of day.
  • Double Entendre: Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp try to pinpoint Dick's hideout as Captain Fancey is fitted for pants by Isaac the tailor, leading to this exchange:
    Sergeant Strapp: There's a notorious inn just as you go into Lower Dencher here.
    Captain Fancey: The Old Cock, on the right.
    Isaac: Aha! Well that's where we've been goin' wrong!
    Captain Fancey: Ye- What?
    Isaac: I've made provision on the left.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: Played for Laughs. Dick Turpin is robbing Madame Desiree, and tells her to hand over her necklace, unaware that it is the only thing holding her knickers up.
    Madame Desiree: No, no, you must not touch that, eet, eet-eet eez my only means of support!
    Dick: Come on, let me 'ave a look at it!
    Madame Desiree: No, you mustn't! Argh! (Beat) I told you it was my only means of support!
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Harriet disguises herself as Captain Fancey to escape from jail.
  • End of an Age: This was the last of many Carry On films to feature Sid James getting it off with Barbara Windsor. Indeed, the very last scene features them eloping in a carriage with "THE END" written on its window blind. Neither would appear in any future films, and James died within two years of this film's release.
  • Exact Words: One scene has Dick and his gang trying to rob a carriage on the highway.
    Dick: Stand and deliver! Deliver I say, deliver! (Popping noise, followed by a baby's cries) Ah, well. You can't win 'em all.
  • Faking Another Person's Illness: Dick lies to Miss Hoggett that Mrs. Giles is very ill so he can have an alibi for where he is during his late night highwayman activities.
  • Fauxreigner: Madame Desiree pretends to be French for the Birds of Paradise act.
    Madame Desiree: Oh, mon Dieu! 'Oo do you think I am?
    Sir Roger: A damned attractive Cockney wench with an absurdly bogus French accent.
  • Flat "What": Dick gives one while disguised as Reverend Flasher when Captain Fancey suggests a hypothetical scenario where he was Dick Turpin.
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass:
    • The Constable gives one to Lizzie of the Birds of Paradise.
    • Tom gives one to Dick while the two are Disguised in Drag.
  • Food Slap:
    • When Tom sees Bodkin held in stocks, he smashes a tomato in his face.
    • Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp are locked in stocks after being arrested on belief of being Dick Turpin, and a large crowd gathers to throw heads of lettuce, tomatoes and eggs at them.
      Sergeant Strapp: S'a waste o' good food an' all.
  • Forceful Kiss: Harriet gives one to Dick as he pretends to tell her off to appease Miss Hoggett.
  • Funetik Aksent: Invoked by Bodkin, who reads the French writing on Madame Desiree's banner with English pronunciation.
    Bodkin: Right now, come on lads, settle down nice and quiet because once again, it's my very great pleasure to introduce Madame Desiree and her Oizy-ecks dez Paradiss.
  • General Failure: Captain Fancey, despite leading the Bow Street Runners he manages to be the biggest idiot in the film.
  • Gentleman Thief: Dick Turpin is always polite when robbing people, even if he has them at gunpoint.
  • Gratuitous French: Captain Fancey uses some when flirting with Madame Desiree.
    Captain Fancey: I have what you French call a certain je ne sais quoi.
    Madame Desiree: Yes, an' I 'ope to see it, mon cher.
  • Guns in Church: Captain Fancey points one at Dick while he gives his sermon in the climax.
  • The Gunslinger: Big Dick gets his name from his big gun.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Dick Turpin steals the clothing of Sir Roger, Lady Daley and their coachman, leaving the Daley's to cover up with their hats and the coachman to use a piece of parchment.
  • Hero Antagonist: Captain Fancey, Sergeant Strapp and Sir Roger Daley, who try to track down Dick, Harriet and Tom.
  • The Highwayman: Big Dick Turpin, who stops and robs several coaches throughout the film.
  • House Fire: Dick pretends the church is on fire to block off Sir Roger and Captain Fancey as they try to arrest him.
  • Hypocritical Humour: When Tom tries to tell Dick that Harriet has been captured.
    Tom: Bad news, I'm afraid! Damn and blast it!
    Miss Hoggett: Oh!
    Dick: Tom, 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.
    Dick: Bloody hell!
  • Impersonating an Officer: Harriet pretends to be Captain Fancey after stealing his clothes.
  • Inconsistent Spelling:
    • There is debate as to if Barbara Windsor plays a character called "Harriet" or "Harriett". The DVD subtitles use the former spelling.
    • The DVDs can't decide if John Clive's tailor character is called "Isaac" or "Isaak".
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: Dick and Tom disguise themselves as two women to help rescue Harriet from Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp. Dick and Tom look horrendous but manage to fool them thanks to the fact the two are incredibly pissed up.
  • Instant Birth: Just Add Labour!: One of Dick's attempted robberies causes a woman to instantly give birth to a crying child.
  • Intimate Marks: The Bow Street Runners learn that the notorious highwayman "Big Dick" Turpin has a distinguishing birthmark on his penis, so Sergeant Strapp starts following men into the lavatory to see if he can spot it.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Sergeant Strapp calls for his mother when he is being thrown out of the Old Cock Inn.
  • The Klutz: Sergeant Strapp constantly trips over things, falls over, and crashes into things.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Miss Hoggett, Dick's devoted housekeeper who longs to marry him.
  • Jump Cut: When occurs when Dick says his goodbyes to the leaving churchgoers when Madame Desiree walks off-screen, and Captain Fancey walks onscreen.
  • Landing in Someone's Bathtub: Sergeant Strapp trips on soap and lands on Madame Desiree in her tin bath.
  • Loveable Rogue: Dick may be a criminal but being played by Sid James certainly helps.
  • Low Clearance: Sergeant Strapp constantly smacks his head on low doorframes.
  • Mama Bear: Madame Desiree is very protective of the women she travels around with and threatens all the drunk men in the bar on what she'll do to them if they try anything with the women.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: Bodkin at first believes the Birds of Paradise are a different type of entertainment as he watches them make out with his patrons.
    Madame Desiree: You know my orders! They are only allowed down here to perform!
    Bodkin: I thought that's what they were doin'.
  • Mistaken Identity: The Constable arrests Captain Fancey, believing him to be Dick Turpin.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Dick forces Captain Fancey to strip so Harriet can use his clothes to escape jail.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Miss Hoggett's rendition of "O God, Our Help In Ages Past" is stopped several times by the faulty organ requiring her to pump more air.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Sir Roger and Lady Daley are frequently stripped by Dick's gang and left with nothing but their shoes and hats.
  • Nasal Trauma: The Constable swings a door into Sergeant Strapp's nose and hurts it.
  • Never My Fault: When Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp are arrested, Captain Fancey blames Sergeant Strapp for getting them into this mess by failing to see that they were being led into a trap.
    Sergeant Strapp: Excuse me, but I was distinctly under the impression that they were walking right into your trap!
    Captain Fancey: If you can't talk sense, shut yer trap!
  • No Full Name Given:
    • We don't get to know Harriet, Madame Desiree, Lizzie, Maggie, William, or Katy's last names.
    • The same can be said for Bodkin, Lady Daley, Mr. and Mrs. Giles, Bullock, and Squire Trelawney's first names.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Reverend Flasher (Dick in disguise) keeps misunderstanding Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp's euphemisms for penis as they try to find out Dick Turpin's identity.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harriet panics when she sees Sergeant Strapp coming towards the back entrance to the church as Dick's gang try to escape.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: Said by Captain Fancey as he vows to catch Dick.
    Captain Fancey: But don't worry, I intend to take personal charge from now on, an' I can promise you, that I'll have Dick Turpin hanging from a gibbet within a month, or my name is not Desmond Fancey.
    Sir Roger: There's only one comment I have to make on that, Captain. [Sir Roger's horse farts] And that's it.
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • Sergeant Strapp gleefully watches Dick strip the Birds of Paradise from the bushes.
    • Sergeant Strapp is accused of being one after spying on men's penises in the Old Cock bathroom to try and find Dick Turpin.
  • Plot Hole: How does Dick's gang avoid arrest after holding up the Birds of Paradise? While Sergeant Strapp had been sent off in the coach, there was still Browning and several more armed Bow Street Runners all watching the scene.
  • Police Are Useless: The old Constable is a bumbling fool, and even arrests Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp by accident.
  • Popping Buttons: Harriet's buttons burst off as she rings the church bells with Tom, letting Dick see her breasts.
  • Punny Name:
    • Sir Roger Daley, roger is slang for sex, and if it's daily then that makes it funnier.
    • Richard Turpin is most commonly known as Big Dick, on account of the size of his... gun. Also, in the original script he was known as Dick Twurpin, a play on the word "twerp".
    • The film is set in Dencher, and jumps between Upper and Lower Dencher.
    • Sergeant Jock Strapp, much like the male underwear.
    • The inn where the Birds of Paradise perform is the Old Cock.
    • Dick goes into disguise as the Reverend Flasher.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Maggie, much to the disgust of Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp when they ask her for clues on Dick's identity.
      Maggie: Well you 'aven't been diddled as often as me, ducky.
    • When Tom is Disguised in Drag as Bridgette, he pretends to be like this to flirt with Sergeant Strapp.
      Sergeant Strapp: And, er, what's your name, my little pretty one?
      Tom: Aheh, ohh... Bridgette?
      Sergeant Strapp: Oh, Bridgette?
      Tom: Most o' the fellas call me Bridge.
      Sergeant Strapp: Bridge? Why?
      Tom: Because I come across!
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Captain Fancey does so when flirting with a Disguised in Drag Dick.
    Captain Fancey: Oh, come over here, m'dear.
  • Right in Front of Me: Captain Fancey often asks Reverend Flasher for help catching Dick Turpin, unaware that the Reverend is Dick in disguise.
    Captain Fancey: Well, let us suppose that you were Dick Turpin.
    Dick: What?
    Captain Fancey: Oh, a ridiculous supposition, I know.
  • Run for the Border: Dick, Harriet and Tom escape to Bonnie Scotland at the end of the film.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Sir Roger every time he is robbed by Dick.
    • Captain Fancey has one after being Mugged for Disguise.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Dick's alibi for why he needs a stockpile of guns in the church is because they're to be used to threaten reluctant bridegrooms.
  • Shot in the Ass: Dick was once in the past, which led to him meeting Maggie.
    Maggie: Big Dick come up my place one night with a bit a buckshot in 'is cheek.
    Captain Fancey: Ahh. So you saw his face then?
    Maggie: No, not that cheek, silly.
    Captain Fancey: You mean he kept his face mask on?
    Maggie: Cawse! But I'd know 'im anywhere again with 'is britches down.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Roger Daley gets his name from Roger Daltrey, lead singer for The Who.
    • The Constable's voice is based on the one that Michael Ripper used to play Eric the Liftman in the St. Trinian's films
    • Squire Trelawney is named after a character from Treasure Island.
  • Slippery Skid: Sergeant Strapp steps on a bar of soap and slips into Madame Desiree's bath, sending it into the wall.
  • Slut-Shaming: Captain Fancey calls Madame Desiree "a shameless doxy".
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Dick mostly remains soft-spoken as the Reverend Flasher, but drops a "Bloody hell!" after hearing Harriet has been arrested.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep:
    • The Bow Street Runners have discovered that Dick Turpin has an unusual birthmark on his [Accordion plays]. Subverted when they're passing on this information to Reverend Flasher, who reveals they're actually using an Unusual Euphemism instead of a swearword, as he keeps Comically Missing the Point. Though it's actually Obfuscating Stupidity, as the Reverend is Dick Turpin in disguise.
      Sergeant Strapp: You see what he means Rector, is that he's got a birthmark on 'is... [Sergeant Strapp whispers in Dick's ear to the sound of an accordion]
      Dick: Ah!
      Sergeant Stapp: Aha! Now 'e's got it!
      Captain Fancey: Ah, you've got it?
      Dick: Yes, yes, now I have got it, yes. But I honestly don't think it's possible that Jack the Woodcutter-
      Captain Fancey: Jack the Woodcutter?!
      Dick: Well he's the only one I know who that has a chopper.
    • Sir Roger's profanity-laden rant to Captain Fancey after Dick's final escape is covered up by church bells bonging.
      Sir Roger: Without bleeding doubt, you are the most (Bong! Bong!) that ever drew (Bong!) breath.
  • Speak in Unison: Captain Fancey and Sergeant Stapp do so when held up by Harriet.
    Harriet: Which one of you is looking for Big Dick?
    Captain Fancey/Sergeant Strapp: He is!
  • Spit Take: Sergeant Strapp does one when Captain Fancey alerts him that more men are off to the toilet.
  • Spotting the Thread:
    • Miss Hoggett works out Dick is up to something when Squire Trelawney mentions he hasn't seen Dick, and Mrs. Giles is in perfect health, despite Dick claiming otherwise.
    • Harriet is caught as a member of Dick's gang when Lady Daley sees her wearing her stolen bracelet.
    • Sir Roger works out Reverend Flasher is Dick when Captain Fancey wears Sir Roger's stolen coat which apparently came from the church jumble sale.
  • Stage Names: Madame Desiree's real name is Nell.
  • Staircase Tumble: Captain Fancey takes one in the Old Cock Inn when he escapes the Birds of Paradise.
  • Stock Punishment:
    • Bodkin is punished for his affair with Katy in this manner.
    • After Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp are mistakenly arrested when believed to be Dick Turpin, they are left in stocks so everyone can throw food at them.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Sir Roger, dealing with the likes of Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Harriet disguises herself as a man so she can rob coaches alongside Dick and Tom without being recognised.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp, who keep falling victim to Dick's traps and schemes.
  • Tagline: "Dick Turpin carries on with his flintlock cocked!".
  • Take Off Your Clothes:
    • Sir Roger, Lady Daley and their coachman are frequently robbed at gunpoint by Dick's gang for their clothes.
    • When Dick robs the Birds of Paradise, he also strips them.
    • Madame Desiree has the Birds of Paradise strip Captain Fancey to see if he is Dick Turpin.
    • Captain Fancey is forced to strip by Dick so Harriet can escape from jail.
  • Teeny Weenie: Madame Desiree implies that Captain Fancey has one.
    Captain Fancey: I wouldn't fancy a poke with that.
    Madame Desiree: What did you say?!
    Captain Fancey: Your blade, ma'am. You handle it too expertly for my liking.
    Madame Desiree: Well I shouldn't worry. You don't look as if you've got much to lose.
  • Terrible Trio: Dick, Harriet and Tom, who rob coaches on the road, then sell their goods at the church jumble sales.
  • Title Theme Drop: The film's theme often plays during Dick's robberies.
  • Toilet Humour: The church's faulty organ makes farty noises when it begins losing air.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Captain Fancey becomes this nearing the end of the film. He becomes attracted to Dick and Tom's weak disguises as women, gets drunk on a few glasses of wine and cannot put two-and-two together over telling Reverend Flasher about his plan and Dick Turpin knowing how to foil it, and how the women that arrived looked just the people he was after.
    Captain Fancey: Of course! That's who the woman reminded me of!
    Sir Roger: Who!
    Captain Fancey: The old Rector! So similar, it could almost have been him!
    Sir Roger: And you told him about our plan to catch Turpin?
  • Undercrank: Played for Laughs as Sergeant Strapp is sent off in the Birds of Paradise's coach.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Captain Fancey and Sergeant Strapp are told to look for a birthmark on Dick's diddler, prompting the following exchange:
    Maggie: Diddler! You know what a "diddler" is, don't cha?
    Sergeant Strapp: A "diddler" is a slang term... [Sergeant Strapp whispers in Captain Fancey's ear as an accordion plays]
    Captain Fancey: Hoooo! Flap me sideways! I've never heard it called that before!
  • Verbal Backspace: Captain Fancey stops praising Sergeant Strapp once he finds out that he let Dick get away.
    Captain Fancey: There! What did I tell you? Good ol' Jock!
    Sergeant Strapp: Well, there's one slight problem, sir. He got away.
    Captain Fancey: I knew I wouldn't let me dow- He got away? How?!
  • Villain Protagonist: Dick, Tom and Harriet, who rob people of near everything they've got.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction:
    • Madame Desiree's knickers fall down when Dick rips off her necklace.
      Sergeant Strapp: Drop 'em!
      Dick: She just did.
    • Harriet's buttons burst while she and Tom ring the church bells and her breasts slip out.
      Harriet: Ooh, I'll just pop out an' see.
      Dick: You pop out anymore, we'll 'ave standin' room only!
  • What's a Henway?: As Sergeant Strapp checks off his weaponry:
    Sergeant Strapp: Pistol!
    Captain Fancey: What? I haven't 'ad a drop!
  • Whole-Plot Reference: The idea behind a crook using a pious vicar as an alter-ego comes from Doctor Syn ("The Scarecrow").
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: When Dick and Tom try to escape the church, Tom suggests they slip out through the backdoor, but Dick claims that the Bow Street Runners wouldn't be stupid enough to leave the backdoor unguarded. True to his word, the Constable is there with a gun in hand.
  • Would Hit a Girl: According to the Constable, Katy's husband beat her up for her affair with Bodkin.