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Carry On England is a Carry On film from 1976, which starred series regulars Kenneth Connor, Joan Sims, Jack Douglas and Peter Butterworth, and featured Windsor Davies, Diane Langton, David Lodge, Peter Jones, Patrick Mower, Judy Geeson and Melvyn Hayes. It caused controversy before it was released in theaters, being one of the first Carry On films that had explicit nudity on screen and had suggestive dialogue note , which angered the censors to the point of Executive Meddling. This led to the BBFC certifying the movie as "suitable for fourteen and over", which was unfortunate because most of the target audience were in that age range. Even though that would slightly jab at the viewings in the box-office, the film was poorly received commercially to the point of being removed from theaters after three days.


To this day, at least 99% of fans around the world speak negatively of the movie. The explicit nudity was not the way of the Carry On movies and sex was treated with ambiguity, whereas many saw this movie as just another example of the Awful British Sex Comedy that was becoming popular at the time.

Captain S Melly (Connor) is put in charge of an experimental mixed-battery during the darkest days of World War II. It's a relief for Captain Bull (Lodge) and RSM Bloomer (Davies), who have to put up with the antics of Bombardier Ready (Douglas), Sergeants Tilly Willing (Geeson) and Len Able (Mower), and the rest of the troops who follow their sexual antics in suit. Private Alice Easy (Langton) tries to charm her commanding officer, while Private Ffoukes-Sharpe (Sims) tries to flirt with hers.

This doesn't help the army one bit, seeing how the army could be unprepared for a surprise ambush, after an inspection by the cowardly Brigadier (Jones) and Major Carstairs (Butterworth) is interrupted by an airborne attack.


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  • Armed Farces: Captain Melly is a complete buffoon, and the enlisted personnel under his command are far more interested in sexual antics than in anything to do with the military.
  • Awful British Sex Comedy: As much as fans tried to convince themselves that Carry On hadn't become this, the higher quantity of nudity and the lower quantity of decent laughs place the film in this category.
  • Covering for the Noise: One of the women of a mixed anti-aircraft battery is hiding in the loft space of the men's barracks while the commanding officer carries out a surprise inspection. She sneezes, and when the commanding officer asks who sneezed, one of the men claims to be ventriloquist and that he sneezed while throwing his voice into the loft space.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Started life as an episode of the Carry On Laughing TV series, but producer Peter Rogers claimed to have liked the script so much that he had it produced as a film instead. In reality, it's more likely that this happened because the risqué elements of the script wouldn't have gotten past network censors, and/or Rogers was having trouble replacing Talbot Rothwell, the since-retired writer of nearly all the previous Carry On films.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: RSM "Tiger" Bloomer, who is certainly not thrilled to discover women under his command, and does his best to ensure that the experimental mixed unit fails.
  • Exact Words: In an attempt to get the camp to shape up, Captain Melly issues new uniform regulations, telling the female soldiers that they must wear battle dress trousers, then ends his announcement with "That is all." The next morning, the women show up for morning parade wearing battle dress trousers... and nothing else.
  • The Napoleon: Captain Melly spends most of the movie screaming at everyone and genuinely being unpleasant.
  • Punny Name:
    • Captain S Melly. The Brigadier and Major Carstairs even Lampshade how unfortunate his name is.
    • Alice Easy certainly does what she can to live up to her name.
    • Put together, the surnames of the characters played by Jack Douglas, Judy Geeson, and Patrick Mower are Ready, Willing, and Able.
  • Shout-Out: Carstairs is the same name of the secret agent Jim Dale played in Carry On Spying.
  • Those Two Guys: Brigadier and Major Carstairs.
  • Shown Their Work: It probably took some kind of cursory research to find out that the Royal Artillery uses Gunner, Lance Bombardier and Bombardier instead of Private, Lance Corporal and Corporal respectively.


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