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Film / Carry On Dick

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Scottish Highwayman: STAND AND DELIVER!
Harriett: And about time too!
Dick Turpin and Harriett bump into company

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 history 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 a reverend in the day and a highwayman at night. Possibly because of his legacy, the town is full of thieves that walk the streets and rob from rich citizens in carriages, but the secret police, 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 Scholl (Butterworth) and Harriett (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, 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 manage to find out the history of Dick Turpin, which they try and use to their advantage, with disastrous results. Many times, they are arrested by the blithering Constable (Connor), who cannot tell the difference between criminals and members of his police squad.

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


Tropes Include:

  • 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 the villain has a birthmark on his intimate parts, Jock 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.
  • All Girls Want Badboys: Harriett to Turpin, and the women that travel with Madame Desiree too.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Sir Roger's womanizing actions when his wife's on the other side of England.
  • All Women Are Lustful
    • Harriett 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.
    • The women that travel around with Madame Desiree, probably because they're not allowed to get amorous with the men they meet (Desiree threatens the audience with her rapier if any of them want to try anything). When Sir Roger and his secret police catch "Turpin" (Harriett in disguise) trying to hide in the women's bedroom, Fancey orders the women to leave as "Turpin" strips off to show "his" birthmark, and the women leave with obvious looks of disappointment on their faces. You can faintly hear one of the women snarl as she leaves the room, "I wanted to see some dick."
  • 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 I'm Titania, Queen of all the fairies!
  • Badass Preacher: Dick Turpin must count as this as the Rev Flasher, even though it's his alter ego. The final scene counts as this.
  • The Casanova: Sir Roger, who is seen with several young women when his wife's on the other side of England.
  • Catchphrase: Dick's "Stand and deliver!"
  • Censored for Comedy:
    • Turpin's pursuers are told to look for a birthmark on his diddler, prompting the following exchange:
      Maggie: Diddler! You know what a diddler is, dontcha?
      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!
    • Tom goes to visit the Constable, passing Bodkin in the stocks after he was caught committing adultery. He makes fun of him by throwing a tomato in his face, and Bodkin threatens him.
      Bodkin: I-I shall p[Accordion plays]ss in your ale!
  • Clueless Detective: It really makes one wonder how Fancey and Strapp made to their current ranks in the Runners.
  • Country Matters: The dim-witted Constable is fooled by the disguised Turpin, and is heard screaming "Oh, I'm a silly Con-stable, I am!" when he realizes.
  • Dirty Old Woman: The nurse that Fancey and Strapp talks to, who willingly talks about her encounter with Turpin, no matter how intimate the reason to his visit is.
  • Disguised in Drag: Dick and Tom, when they rescue Harriett after she's arrested.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: Played for Laughs. Dick Turpin is robbing Madame Desiree, and tells her to hand over her necklace.
    Madame Desiree: No, no you must not touch that, 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! [Dick tears off the necklace and Madame Desiree's knickers fall down around her ankles] I told you it was my only means of support!
  • 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 Turpin: STAND AND DELIVER!!
    [a pop sound is heard and then the crying of a baby]
    Dick Turpin: [reluctantly] Ah, well. You can't win them all.
  • Fake Nationality: In-Universe example. As Sir Roger says, Desiree is "a damned attractive Cockney wench with an absurdly bogus French accent."
  • Forgot to Mind Their Head: Jock Strapp constantly smacks his head on the ceiling or the top of doorframes.
  • Gentleman Thief: Turpin. And possibly Tom, as well.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Dick Turpin robs the clothing of the Police Inspector and his wife. She has only her big hat in front of her.
  • Hero Antagonist: Captain Fancey, Sergeant Strapp and Sir Roger Daley.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Naughty ones, of course.
  • Hypocritical Humour: When Tom tries to tell Dick that Harriett 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 Harriett.
    Dick: Bloody Hell!
  • Intimate Marks: The Bow Street Runners learn that the notorious highwayman "Big Dick" Turpin has a distinguishing birthmark on his penis, so one of them starts following men into the lavatory to see if he can spot it.
  • The Klutz: Jock Strapp tripping over things, falling over the place and crashing into ladders.
  • Landing in Someone's Bathtub: Jock trips on soap and lands on Madame Desiree in her tin bath.
  • Loveable Rogue: Dick.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: When Fancey and Strapp are arrested, Fancey blames 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 Harriett, Madame Desiree, Lizzy, Isaak, Maggie or William's last names.
    • The same can be said for Bodkin, Lady Daley, Mr and Mrs. Giles, Bullock, Squire Trelawney and Browning's first names.
  • Shirtless Scene: Sir Roger being robbed by Turpin at least three times.
  • 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 toReverend 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 Reverend Flasher's hear 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.
  • Speak in Unison: Captain Fancey and Sergeant Stapp do so when held up by Harriett.
    Harriett: Which one of you is looking for Big Dick?
    Captain Fancey/Sergeant Strapp: He is!
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Sir Roger, dealing with the likes of Strapp and Fancey.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Fancey and Strapp.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Desmond Fancey was this nearing the end of the film. He became 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 the priest of the local church 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.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Used for an Overly Long Gag where the others are repeatedly trying to explain to a reverend that the only known fact about highwayman Dick Turpin is that he has a big (bleep). The Reverend's reply would indicate that an Unusual Euphemism had been used, and that he was Comically Missing the Point; e.g. "I cannot believe it's Jack the Woodcutter, for he's the only one around here with a big chopper!" To be fair; the Reverend's replies were probably a case of Obfuscating Stupidity since he was Dick Turpin.
  • Villain Protagonist: Dick, Tom and Harriett.
  • What's a Henway?:
    Jock Strapp: [checking off his weaponry] Pistol...
    Desmond Fancey: Nonsense! I haven't touched a drop.