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Film / Carry On Screaming!

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Frying tonight!

"He's been dead 15 years now... but if you come in, I'll ask if he can see you."
Sockett the Butler

Carry On Screaming! is a British film from the Carry On series, making it as the twelfth movie made. It featured regulars Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Peter Butterworth, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw, Fenella Fielding and Angela Douglas. Harry H. Corbett from Steptoe and Son makes his only appearance in the Carry On movies, joining the series' take on Hammer Horror.

The movie is set in Edwardian times, telling the story of a young woman named Doris (Douglas) who was abducted by a strange creature from her lover Albert Potter (Dale). Two detectives, DS Bung and DC Slobotham (Corbett and Butterworth), find the creature's finger, and conclude that it's the same case that they've been receiving numerous times. The three of them search for more clues and find a house, home to a strange butler, the attractive mistress Valeria (Fielding), and her electrical brother Dr. Orlando Watt (Williams), who scare them away.


In fear of being discovered, the creepy siblings create a potion to turn one of the detectives into a hunched-over sniveling alter-ego, ordering him to steal a mannequin that looks suspiciously like Potter's lover, leading the detective to possibly link two-and-two together. His wife Emily (Sims) is convinced that he's having an affair after he wakes up and secretly plots vengeance with his colleague and Potter, and follows them, getting dragged into the plot in the process.

Hilarity Ensues.


Tropes Included:

  • Actor Allusion: Sidney Bung's car registration is HS 25, play on Harry H. Corbett's character Harold Steptoe.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • Albert doesn't take into consideration of how terrified Doris is in the woods and is only interested in getting a chance to sleep with her.
    • Sid. He moans about not having nights of passion with his wife, and doesn't hold back when Valeria gives him an opportunity.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: This happens to Sergeant Bung after he is fed the Mr. Hyde serum.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Slowbotham, according to Albert (see the quote in Disguised in Drag).
  • Ambiguously Human: Dr. Watt and Valeria.
  • And I Must Scream: Emily ends up turned into a wax statue in her husband's living room.
  • Animal Assassin: A snake is dropped into the heroes' bed. Sid shoots it dead, freaking Albert out.
  • Awful Wedded Life: All the scenes that Sid and Emily Bung are in feature them arguing and/or fighting. Emily frequently rants and screams, making one wonder how they got married in the first place. In the end, after Emily is turned into a mannequin, Sid moves on to the more attractive, less shrewish Valeria.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sid has a lot of these.
    • Although Sid likes to make Slowbotham do all of his dirty work, when Slowbotham ends up getting kidnapped, Sid becomes very worried and fears that he's for the worse.
    • When Sid discovers Emily's mannequin in Dr. Watt's lab, he becomes very emotional. He even keeps her dummy standing in the living room at the end of the movie, despite dating Valeria.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sid will always tell the squeamish Slowbotham to cover their eyes when something gory was about to happen.
  • The Cameo: Jon Pertwee (aka The Third Doctor) appears as a forensic scientist.
  • The Can Kicked Him: Dan Dann is murdered by Watt's wolfman henchman by being drowned in a toilet.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Albert. He waits a year to have his way with Doris, and refuses to strip her mannequin when he wants to prove that it has a mole on an intimate part of her body like she'd told him about.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When Albert suggests going to get the rest of the police force to investigate the area, Valeria brushes it off quickly by walking up to him, stating that he should stay with the group because they need "some muscle", followed by her seductively squeezing his biceps. Sid's annoyed look says it all.
  • Creepy Housekeeper: Sockett the butler.
  • Disguised in Drag: Because he's the smallest, Sid forces Slowbotham to pretend to be a woman in order to be kidnapped. When Slowbotham is kidnapped, there's this exchange between Sid and Albert:
    Albert Potter: Well how could have been kidnapped? He's a man!
    Sid Bung: He's not a man anymore! He's a woman!
    Albert Potter: You know, I always thought there was something wrong with him.
    Sid Bung: No, he's dressed as a woman!
    Albert Potter: That's what I meant.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Most of the creepy moments occur in the woods opposite the Watt siblings' mansion.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Valeria.
  • Ethical Slut: What starts out as a one-off thing turns into a common resort. When Orlando cannot make Sid's appointments, Valeria shows up instead, distracting Sid away from his snooping with promises of passion.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Dr. Watt often mentions his connections with others he knew back when he was alive. He says that he was bullied in his student years by Victor Frankenstein and Henry Jekyll — the latter who, once he became a scientist, gave him a prescription for medicine that would turn a patient into a Wolf Man — and was also friends with Dracula.
  • Excited Show Title!: Carry On Screaming!
  • Fake Shemp: Billy Cornelius, who played Oddbod Jr, doubled for Oddbod too when Tom Clegg fell ill.
  • Femme Fatale: Valeria pretends to act as the innocent party in her brother's scheme and successfully seduces Sid enough to distract him from the case.
  • Fingore: When Doris is kidnapped, the police find their first clue in the form of an inhuman finger, torn off and left behind at the scene. We're never told how Doris cut it off.
    • It is implied that the resurrection process isn't 100% effective on reanimated things and sometimes bits just fall off!
  • Foil: Slowbotham, to the powerful attractive Sidney Bung.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Oddbod and Oddbob Junior are a pair of Frankenstein's monster style creatures who do the bidding of Doctor Watt.
  • Frazetta Man: Oddbod and Oddbod Junior (played respectively by Tom Clegg and Billy Cornelius) are members of a lost, prehistoric relative of the human race, resurrected from extinction by Dr Orlando Watt.
  • Genius Bruiser: Albert, for being the Only Sane Man and muscular.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The ancient pharaoh's mummy that Orlando wants to resurrect is called Rubbatiti. If you don't get it yet, say it out loud.
    • The word "Count" being pronounced precisely.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Sid fits the trope perfectly. The only difference to typical ones is that he's married, albeit a terrible one.
  • Haunted House: Dr. Watt and Valeria live in a Gothic mansion with dim lights and cobwebs and a hidden laboratory.
  • Herr Doktor: The police station's forensic scientist.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Watt spends the entire film trying to revive the mummy of King Rubbatiti. When he succeeds, the mummy turns on him and pulls him into the vat of molten wax he uses for his mannequins.
  • Hysterical Woman: Doris, much to Albert's annoyance as she screams in the woods. Although, this can be argued that due to Albert's Genre Blindness of woods at night, he believed that Doris was trying to put him off.
  • Impact Silhouette: "I do wish Junior would learn to use the door!"
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Sid (and later, Albert) drinks a potion that turns him into a wolfman.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: During the search for Doris, Sid declares that they need to thoroughly search the road they're on. He asks Slobotham for the road's name, and upon being told it is called Avery Avenue, he proclaims "We must search Avery Avenue!" An unamused Albert rolls his eyes.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Watt, who plans to resurrect Rubbatiti the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Mummy.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: When trying to solve Doris' disappearance, Slowbotham and Sid toy between this trope. Through Dramatic Irony, every supernatural connection turns out to be Real After All.
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Watt takes his name from a unit of electricity, and requires regular electrical charging to sustain himself, having technically died some 15 years ago. If his charge runs down, he starts fading away into nothing.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Sid sneaks off to set up a plan against the residents in the strange house with Slobotham Disguised in Drag, making Emily believe that he is seeing someone else. Ironically, her attempts to pursue him and chew him out for this lands her in deep trouble.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Slowbotham can see immediately that the Watt siblings and their housekeeper is otherworldly, but Sid just pushes his assumptions aside, although, he might've been telling himself that too...
  • Power Trio: Sid Bung, Slowbotham, and Albert Potter.
  • The Pretty Guys Are Stronger: When Albert is under the influence with the wolf man drug, he can throw the 6+ feet tall Oddbod brothers around the room; when Sid is in the same situation, he can only carry lifeless mannequins.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dr Watt is electrical, much like Frankenstein's Monster. He also went to school with the monster's creator Victor, and knew Dracula.
    • The butler has often been compared to Lurch from The Addams Family. Valeria has also been compared to Morticia.
    • Oddbod (and Oddbod Junior) look like a cross between Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man.
    • The potion used to turn the Inspector into a shambling monster was invented by Dr Jekyll.
    • The forensic scientist looks like Albert Einstein. He even has a slightly-unintelligible accent.
    • When the three protagonists ask for Watt's contact details, this happens:
      Dr Watt: [after being asked for his name] Dr Watt.
      Sgt. Bung: Who?
      Dr Watt: No... "Watt". "Who" was my uncle.
  • Sneakers of Sneaking: Played with when Sockett the butler is heard approaching the front door with loud footsteps; but when he opens the door, he is wearing slippers, making his introduction even more creepy (no pun intended).
  • Tempting Fate: Upon finding a dead scientist in their lab, Bung tells Slobotham not to look at the body, but Slobotham does and faints.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: Dr. Watt has young women turned to mannequins. As he's lowering one into the vat that will bring about the transformation, this exchange occurs between his sister Valeria and him:
    Valeria: Now, please...don't say that thing you always say at this juncture. It's in very bad taste.
    Dr. Watt: What thing? What are you—(laughs)—oh, you mean "frying tonight"!
    • Later on, when he's pulled into the vat, he goes down with those very words.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: This phrase is spoken word for word by Sgt. Bung the morning after his nocturnal rampage as Mr. Hyde.
  • Who's on First?: There's a moment of this when Dr Watt introduces himself to the three protagonists. From this, the audience learn that his uncle was a "Dr Who".
    Slowbotham: [to Dr.Watt] No, no, about your name?
    Dr.Watt: "WATT"!
    Slowbotham: What's your name?!
    Sgt. Bung: [furious] "WATT"'S HIS NAME!
    Slowbotham: That's what I'm trying to find out, sir!
  • Wolf Man: What Sid is turned into.
  • Workaholic: Sid, much to Emily's annoyance.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sid eventually sleeps with Valeria when he goes to visit her.


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