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Bill Boosey: Well, Upsidaisi, what do those drums say?
Upsidaisi: Dey say... "Boom diddy, boom diddy, boom boom boom".
Bill Boosey and Upsidasi, trying to translate the Jungle Drums.

Carry On Up the Jungle is a Carry On movie from 1970 starring series' regulars Sid James, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor (in his first Carry On since Carry On Cleo), and Terry Scott, and introduced actress Jacki Piper and was the second (and last) film to star famous British comedian Frankie Howerd. It is claimed to be an Affectionate Parody of Tarzan, implied when the original movie titles were "Carry On, Tarzan" and "Carry On, Jungle Boy".

Like many Carry On movies, the story is set around a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that meet up in a mundane location. This time, the team meet up in an expedition in Darkest Africa with plans to camp out for as long as possible until they've found what they've wanted.

A foppish Professor Inigo Tingle (Howerd) hopes to find an exotic bird in order to study its way of life, taking his horny partner Claude Clumley (Connor) along with him for extra help. Clumley soon becomes interested with the posh Lady Evelyn Bagley (Sims), who hopes to find her missing husband Walter (Hawtrey) and son Cecil years after their mysterious disappearances, but has to compete with the powerful hunter Bill Boosey (James), who is just as interested in the woman as Clumley.


The group is led around by Boosey's native African friend Usidaisi (Bresslaw) and set up camp, where they are terrorized by the natural surroundings and eventually UST. Then Bagley's assistant June (Piper) goes missing and becomes the social interest of jungle boy Ugh (Scott), who she reluctantly teaches social skills to, in hope that she'll be freed from his tight grip.

Hilarity Ensues.

Tropes Included:

  • Adventurer Outfit: All the cast have the safari type, apart from Lady Bagley and Upsidaisi.
  • The Alcoholic: Bill, who takes swigs from bottles of wine when he hopes the characters aren't looking.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Presumably because there aren't any women around to flirt or have their way with, Claude and Boosey become sexually-frustrated and flirt with Lady Bagley. They are also overly thrilled when the attractive female tribe that kidnaps them makes them sacrifices.
    • Inigo is a mild one. He only has one moment when he becomes aroused over watching Lady Bagley having her shower in the trees, and immediately takes a drug to stop his urges.
  • Ancient Africa: The Nosha tribe. Religious jewelry made out of bones and gemstones, cannibalistic, and communicate with drums definitely makes them fit the bill. In the movie's version of Africa, it appears that parts of the continent have modernised, whereas Noshas are implied to use outdated customs, compared to the African natives in Western clothing that lead the expedition around.
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  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Averted with Upsidaisi; Bernard Bresslaw made a point of translating his lines into a real indigenous South African dialect, Fanagalo (known as Chilapalapa or Chikabanga further north)... which was lost on the West Indian actors portraying the natives.note 
  • Aside Comment: When June teaches Ugh to count, he gets to six and drags her into his hut. As she's being dragged away, June looks at the audience and mumbles, "I wonder if we'll ever get to seven!"
  • Baby Talk: In Walter's flashback, he talks to his son in entire sentences like this.
    Walter Bagley: [cooing] Did Mumsy-wumsy forget to take the babsy-wabsy to the potsy-wotsy? [crossly under his breath] ... Stupid cow.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy
    • Upsidaisi and Bill Boosey.
    • Inigo and Claude.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: When the three British men of the group are set up to mate with the Lubby Dubby women, Inigo is the big guy, Bill is thin guy, and Claude is short guy.
  • Blackface: Upsidaisi, who played by the white Bernard Bresslaw. Then, in-universe, Upsidaisi puts on whiteface to save his camp-mates.
  • Bookends: The film starts in a lecture hall as Tinkle starts telling his audience (and us) the story of his last expedition, and the film's penultimate scene also takes place there as he finishes his story.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Tinkle's assistant Claude.
  • Captured by Cannibals: At one point, the explorers are captured by the cannibalistic Nosha tribe. Tinkle tries to buy them off with his pocket watch, but when Ugh's rescue attempt accidentally starts a fire, the Noshas re-apprehend the party and prepare to make them that evening's main course.
  • Cannibal Tribe: The Nosha tribe that kidnap the party are believed to be this, which is why the native help that Upsidaisi has organised leaves the party stranded.
  • Carpet of Virility: Ugh has light chest hair the he is seen brushing when he's getting ready to meet Jane. When the gorilla sneaks into Jane's tent, she is convinced that he is him in the darkness because of his hairiness.
  • Camp Straight: Prof Inigo Tinkle, but he is played by the gay Frankie Howerd.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: Tinkle and some other party members at one point.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Lady Bagley mentions that she never found her infant son's nappy pin after he went missing. After accidentally tearing off Ugh's loincloth, she sees the nappy pin in it and realises he is her long-lost son.
  • Crash-Into Hello: When the camp set up again in fear of the Nosha tribe on the warpath, Claude goes to urinate in the jungle before everyone goes to bed and crashes in Lady Bagley in the dark when he's trying to get back to camp. He tries to use this as an advantage to try and have his way with her, but is caught by his partner Inigo.
  • Crying Wolf: At the Lubby Dubby camp, the men go on strike after being given undesirable women to ravish over and over again. When they eventually get help from Upsidaisi and the British Army, they are given attractive women at the next mating ceremony, just as the men have positioned themselves around the camp with their weapons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bill Boosey and Inigo Tinkle.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Bill's plan to dig a pit to trap the Noshas. Everyone ends up digging a pit so deep that they themselves get trapped in it. Tinkle asks how they are supposed to get out, and Bill simply says, "Yes, well, like I said, it never fails." Immediately after that, they get captured.
  • Dirty Old Man
    • Bill Boosey. He fights for Lady Bagley's affections (even after finding out her travelling intentions) and becomes very protective over the young single June.
    • Walter, on the count that when he first met the all-female tribe, he nicknamed them the Lubby-Dubbies, which is often slang that old men use in a sexual way to describe younger, attractive women.
  • Distracted by the Sexy
    • Bill and Claude when around the Lubby Dubby tribe.
    • Ugh sort of is, but not in a sexual way. When he notices the protruding chests of June and Lady Bagley, he becomes curious, and concerned that they're different to his chest.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Ugh remains barefoot throughout the movie. Even when he's living in England and going to work in a well-paid job, he still doesn't wear shoes.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": Bill claims that he doesn't believe in superstitions, which is why he is nicknamed "Rattlesnake". No one calls him this in the movie so it's unclear whether he does have this nickname or not.
  • Fainting: Claude at the beginning when he sees the gorilla in the tree next to him, causing him to fall out of the tree.
    • June and Lady Bagley both do this on the same night in Bill's tent. June faints in Bill's arms after discovering the gorilla in her tent. Then, after realising Ugh is her long-lost son, she bursts into Bill's tent, and has just enough time to say his name before she also passes out. He gloomily lampshades it with this: "Why do I always have that effect on 'em?"
    • Lady Bagley again when she discovers Tonka is in fact her long-lost husband, and has been with the Lubby Dubby tribe all these years.
  • Foreshadowing: A scene with Bill and Upsidaisi can be this. When they talk about not hearing any jungle drums, Upsidaisi tells Bill that women in a tribe like to stuff bones in their nostrils. When meeting the Lubby Dubby tribe, one of their chants are, "Tonka, Tonka — stick it up your Honker."
  • Flashback Within a Flashback: Lady Bagley and Walter's conversation features a flashback to the day of Walter's disappearance in a film that is an entire flashback.
  • Flipping the Bird: Boosey, Tinkle, Claude and Walter all do the two-fingered variant in the photo of them seen at the end of the film, which was probably taken after they escaped from Aphrodisia.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting:
    • Lady Bagley, looking for her missing husband and son.
    • Bill Boosey failing to deal with sobriety and trying to get with Lady Bagley.
    • Claude, helping partner Inigo find a rare bird, while trying to get with Lady Bagley.
    • Inigo trying to find a rare bird for science, while trying to deal with being horny.
    • June, helping Lady Bagley, stating that she isn't in the mood to be dating, then falls for Ugh, and begins a platonic relationship.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the opening scene, Lady Bagley is seen sitting on the left side of the screen with Walter asleep next to her.
  • Funny Foreigner: Upsidaisi.
  • Fur Bikini: June soon after she is kidnapped by Ugh.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Happens to June, as she has glasses up until the pool scene. They're then gone for the rest of the film.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: June has her clothes stolen by the gorilla when she has a swim.
  • Grande Dame: Lady Bagley.
  • Great White Hunter: Bill Boosey is an alcoholic parody.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: In the final mating ceremony, Inigo, Bill and Claude get this when, instead of the unattractive women they have been getting every ceremony thus far, they find the mates they have been given this time are slim and attractive.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Inigo, Bill and Claude to Lady Bagley — the latter two being much more forceful than the first. Lady Bagley has no interest in any of them, in case her husband turns out alive, but she hints that if she were to end up with any of them, she'd go for Inigo (she kisses his cheek when he escorts her back to her tent in the dark).
  • How We Got Here: The movie's events happened ages ago and is being told to a birdwatching audience by Tinkle.
  • Impact Silhouette: Ugh crashes into a tree and the shape of his body is left in the bark as he falls off.
  • Jungle Drums: When the bearers hear the Nosha tribe's drums, they refuse to go any further lest they be eaten by cannibals. Prof Tinkle isn't convinced that cannibals even exist, but Upsidaisi claims that the first set of drums means "Lay the table for five", while the second means "Yum yum!"
  • Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: The movie surprisingly subverts this, however, the kookaburra laugh can be heard when Ugh tries to make a dramatic entrance in front of June and falls upside down in the lake nearby. Although, you could interpret it as an Animal Reaction Shot from an African bird that was watching nearby.
  • Killer Gorilla: The one that turns up at the camp and other parts of the movie.
  • Lady Land: The all-female Lubby-Dubby tribe from the Lost World of Aphrodisia; no male children have been born into the tribe for many years, so they are in danger of dying out unless they can find some men to father future generations.
  • Loincloth: Ugh, having never lived in a society that expects people to be fully clothed, spends most of the movie wearing nothing but a loin cloth. At one point, he is caught in lady bloomers.
  • Lost World: The lost world of Aphrodisia, in the heart of Darkest Africa and populated by the entirely female Lubby-dubby tribe (and one lost Englishman).
  • Magical Negro: Upsidaisi to Bill.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Bill Boosey, putting him at an advantage to Lady Bagley's other suitors.
  • Mighty Whitey: King Tonka AKA Walter Bagley is probably one of the least mighty examples of this trope in all fiction; after the Lubby-Dubby tribe saved him from being eaten by the Noshas years earlier, they declared him their king in the hope that he could sire some male Lubby-Dubbies to sustain the tribe.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: The gorilla that constantly shows up to the party's campsite. He even steals June's clothes and wears them.
  • Native Guide: Upsidaisi to Boosey and the rest of the party.
  • Nature Hero: Ugh has spent almost his entire life in the jungle, and has a strong rapport with the local wildlife. In the film's climax, he calls forth a stampede of animals to give the explorers a chance to escape the Lubby-dubby tribe. Even when he returns to England with his parents at the end of the film, he and June live in a treehouse in a London suburb.
  • Naughty Bird Watching: Claude at a showering Lady Bagley; he falls out of the tree he's spying in after realizing a giant gorilla is watching him watch her.
  • Never My Fault: Bill convinces the Nosha tribe that Inigo is a wizard, but when the reluctant Tinkle's improvisation goes wrong, Bill blames him for ruining their escape chances.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Bill warns Claude the first law of the jungle is no widdling in the camp area, ordering him to go into the jungle to relieve himself. In Walter's flashback, Walter realises to his disgust that his baby son has soiled himself.
  • Oh, Crap!: June has one when she discovers the gorilla in her tent, thinking it was Ugh.
    • After escaping from the Lubby Dubby tribe, Bill and the others realise there are elephants coming their way from Ugh's elephant call. Upsidasi has one too when the elephants appear.
    Bill Boosey: Here, what's that? ELEPHANTS!
    Upsidasi: Umballa! Umballa!
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: The Lubby-dubby tribe hope to get this from the men, as they have had no male births for many years. Boosey and Claude want the sex, but probably don't want to be fathers yet.
  • Perma-Shave
    • For being the age to grow facial hair, Walter and Ugh are clean-shaven throughout their appearances. Perhaps the Lubby-Dubby tribe have types of rocks in their village that Walter can use as razors, but Ugh has grown up with no humans so it's unlikely that he was taught how to shave. Maybe it was the monkeys...
    • The rest of the male characters remain clean-shaven as well, even though there are no scenes of them grooming. Bill probably has stubble because many "bad boy" Sid James characters do, but Inigo and Claude are more likely to carry razors out of the entire cast, considering how high their authority. Meanwhile, Upsidaisi and his hired help either don't grow as much facial hair or have special materials to shave with.
  • Porn Stash: Inigo has a secret magazine that he shields like it was inappropriate to read in front of others. Although, when asked to go and birdwatch, he snaps that he's got "enough birds note " that he can look at, and then pulls out the book when his tent's empty.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: When June smooches Ugh, he briefly freezes and pulls her in enthusiastically for another.
  • Punny Name
    • Inigo Tinkle can be read as "I need to go tinkle".
    • Upsidaisi, or "upsy daisy"?
    • The cannibal tribe are called the Noshas, "nosh" being a popular British slang term for "food" (the word is of Yiddish origin). It leads to this joke:
      Inigo Tinkle: That's all we needed... kosher Noshas!
  • Running Gag: The gorilla turning up and terrorising the characters.
  • Say My Name: When Tonka is first revealed, Lady Bagley recognizes him and screams, "Walter!", revealing he is her long-lost husband.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Upsidasi's hired help hear of the jungle drums, they abandon the area, thinking it's the messages of the cannibalistic Nosha tribe.
    • Double-subverted later. Inigo, Bill and Claude decide to do this after three months in the Lubby Dubby tribe, having grown fed up of being given unattractive mates. When they get given attractive mates, they decide to stay. But then Ugh, thinking the three are in danger due to the soldiers aiming guns in their direction, makes an elephant call, coincidentally the same signal Bill said he would give to Upsidasi to get the soldiers to open fire. The men reluctantly agree that they'll have to go now, with Tonka and Lady Bagley leaving with them.
  • Sex God: Invoked with Walter, who is made the sperm donor of the Lubby Dubby tribe.
  • Shout-Out: Leda wears a dress in the mating ceremony is similar to one that Raquel Welch wore in One Million Years B.C..
  • Shower Scene: Lady Bagley has one at the beginning of the film, exciting the men of the camp.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason why June is single. She overlooks most of the men (including the suspicious behaviour of Bill) and says that she is saving herself for someone special. Then the ignorant jungle boy Ugh turns up.
  • Smooch of Victory: When Inigo catches Claude trying to rape Lady Bagley, he takes her back to camp through the dark, and she kisses his cheek to show her gratitude.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Inigo, and in a lesser extent, Claude.
  • Stewed Alive: The group fear of this happening when they're kidnapped by the Noshas.
    Lady Bagley: Do they just... throw you into the hot water?
    Bill Boosey: No no. Nothing as barbaric like that. They just drain the blood first.
  • Stock Footage: A lot of animal footage and silhouettes of tribesmen running through the trees.
  • Tempting Fate: Walter shows up in the men's tent to wish them luck in the mating ceremony, making Bill laugh him off and claim they won't need it. At the ceremony, the women that are up to be ravished are chubby and unattractive, who have to drag the screaming men into their cubicles in order to begin the tradition.
  • Tribal Carry: Features on the poster for the film.
  • Undercrank: A couple of scenes have this, such as the gorilla turning up in the portapotty and characters running around.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Lady Bagley's keeps a photograph of her (then) newborn son in her cleveage. When showing it to the rest of the camp, Bill shows a look of disappointment, probably hoping that she was going to whip out her breasts.
  • Vine Swing: Ugh uses this to travel around the jungle. He often ends up landing head first
  • Visual Pun: At the mating ceremony, the male sacrifices are given three items — a banana, a ball and chain, and a rabbit. The latter symbolising the phrase "at it like rabbits", ball and chain being a symbol of marriage, and a banana for ... well...
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Constantly occurs with Ugh when he bangs his face into trees.


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