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Mr. Boosey: Well Upsidasi, what do those drums say?
Upsidasi: 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, and the nineteenth overall. It starred famous British comedian Frankie Howerd, Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Terry Scott, Kenneth Connor (in his first Carry On since Carry On Cleo), and Bernard Bresslaw. 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.

Up the Jungle revolves around a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits on an expedition in Darkest Africa with plans to camp out for as long as possible until they've each found what they've wanted.

The foppish Professor Inigo Tingle (Howerd) hopes to find the Oozlum bird in order to study its way of life, taking his horny partner Claude Chumley (Connor) along with him for extra help, until he 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 Mr. Chumley. The final member of the group is Lady Bagley's maidservant June (Jacki Piper), who falls in love with Ug the jungle boy (Scott), and tries to teach him English.

The group is led around by Mr. Boosey's native African friend Upsidasi (Bresslaw) and set up camp, where they are terrorized by a gorilla (Reuben Martin), the Noshas and finally the Lubi-Dubis, who are led by the dashing Leda (Valerie Leon), who may just hold the answers to what the explorers are looking for...

Hilarity Ensues.

Tropes Included:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • The gorilla, who finds both Lady Bagley and June attractive.
    • Professor Tinkle, Mr. Boosey and Mr. Chumley have to deal with the fat and unattractive Lubi-Dubis during their mating ceremonies.
  • Adventurer Outfit: All the cast have the safari type, apart from Lady Bagley and Upsidasi.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Tarzan, specifically June and Ug's subplot.
  • The Alcoholic: Bill Boosey, who takes swigs from bottles of wine when he hopes the others aren't looking.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The upper-class Lady Bagley seems rather interested in the gritty and crass Mr. Boosey, finding his lowbrow nature a pleasant change from the snooty types she normally is around such as Professor Tinkle or Mr. Chumley.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Bill Boosey.
    • Claude Chumley.
    • The vindscreen viper, a snake Professor Tinkle describes to Lady Bagley.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • Presumably because there aren't any women around to flirt or have their way with Mr. Chumley and Mr. 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.
    • Professor Tinkle 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.
  • All There in the Script:
    • The name of the leader of the Lubi-Dubis, Leda, is never mentioned in the film, but confirmed by the script and her actress Valerie Leon in the DVD Commentary.
    • Likewise, we never hear the name of Edwina Carroll's character, but the script and a Deleted Scene gives her the name Nerda.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Lubi-Dubis, an all-female tribe who need men to mate with them.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Averted with Upsidasi; 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 Ug to count, he gets to six and drags her into his hut. As she's being dragged away, she looks at the audience and mumbles to herself.
    June: I wonder if we'll ever get to seven!
  • Babies Ever After: The closing shot reveals Ug and June in their treehouse, and June has a baby-sized bundle in her arms.
  • Baby Talk: In Walter's flashback, he talks to his son in entire sentences like this.
    Walter: Poor Mumsy-wumsy must have forgot to put Babesy-wabesy on the potsy-wotsy this morning, didn't she den? Yes, she did den, the lazy cow... sy-wowsy. Dere, den. Daddy-wadsy will have to give Mumsy-wumsy a smacksie-wacksie, won't he den? Yes, he will den. Round the chopsy-wopsies.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The final scene shows Ug arriving at a house and walking up the front path, only for him to turn around halfway up and start ascending the ladder to a new treehouse, where he now lives with June.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Four in the same night.
    • June thinks Ug has joined her in bed but turns on the light to see the gorilla.
    • Lady Bagley thinks Professor Tinkle has joined her, but instead meets Ug.
    • Mr. Chumley then comes face to face with Ug soon after her.
    • Professor Tinkle goes to meet Lady Bagley but is horrified to find the gorilla in her bed.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • The Lubi-Dubis rescuing the group from the Noshas.
    • Later Upsidasi and the British soldiers rescue the group from the Lubi-Dubis.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy:
    • Upsidasi towers over his boss, Bill Boosey.
    • Professor Tinkle is also taller than Mr. Chumley, his little assistant.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: When the three British men of the group are set up to mate with the Lubi-Dubi women, Professor Tinkle is the big guy, Mr. Boosey is the thin guy, and Mr. Chumley is the short guy.
  • Black Comedy Rape: During dinner, nobody realises a snake has gone up Lady Bagley's dress.
    Mr. Boosey: Wonder what's up with her?
    Professor Tinkle: Well, I don't know, but whatever it is, it's certainly rubbing her up the wrong way.
  • Blackface:
  • Bloodless Carnage:
    • Mr. Boosey accidentally shoots a few bearers, who don't seem to bleed.
    • A bearer gets two Nosha spears in the back, with not so much as a drop of blood.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Mr. Boosey blows one in response to Ug's calls sounding out through the night.
  • Book Ends: The film starts in a lecture hall as Professor 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.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Mr. Boosey copies June's voice so he can watch her shower without getting caught.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Professor Tinkle's assistant Mr. Chumley, who spends most of his time lusting over Lady Bagley or getting into misfortunes.
  • Camera Abuse: When the group frantically dig a Pit Trap, the camera is showered with the dirt they fling.
  • Cannibal Tribe: The Noshas that kidnap the party are believed to be this, which is why the native help that Upsidasi has organised leaves the party stranded.
  • Captain Ersatz: June and Ug take clear inspiration from Jane and Tarzan.
  • Captured by Cannibals: At one point, the explorers are captured by the cannibalistic Noshas. Professor Tinkle tries to buy them off with his pocket watch, but when Ug's rescue attempt accidentally sets off a series of explosions, the Noshas re-apprehend the party and prepare to make them that evening's main course.
  • Carpet of Virility: Ug has light chest hair the he is seen brushing when he's getting ready to meet June. When the gorilla sneaks into June's tent, she is convinced that he is him in the darkness because of his hairiness.
  • Camp Straight: Professor Tinkle lusts over Lady Bagley but is played by the gay Frankie Howerd.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: The group are chased by the Noshas, who eventually catch them in a hole they dug to try and trap them.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Lady Bagley mentions that she never found her infant son Cecil's nappy pin after he went missing. After accidentally tearing off Ug's loincloth, she sees the nappy pin in it and realises he is her long-lost son.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Upsidasi warns of the Noshas, saying how they eat people and are very backward, Professor Tinkle complains he doesn't want to be eaten backwards.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Ug has to run around wearing bloomers after briefly losing his Loincloth.
  • Crash-Into Hello: When the camp set up again in fear of the Noshas on the warpath, Mr. Chumley 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 Professor Tinkle.
  • Cruel Elephant: After the group escape the Lubi-Dubis, they are nearly stampeded by a herd of elephants.
  • Crying Wolf: At the Lubi-Dubi camp, the men go on strike after being given undesirable women to ravish over and over again. When they eventually get help from Upsidasi 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.
  • Darkest Africa: The film is set in the middle of the jungle, where wild animals and lost tribes are a constant danger.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Professor Tinkle has something snarky to say anytime someone (usually Mr. Boosey) gets on his nerves.
    • Mr. Boosey is quite snarky too though.
      June: The drums have stopped.
      Mr. Boosey: Get away.
    • Although mostly a sweet girl, June has one hilarious moment of snark.
      Lady Bagley: Ah, thank you, June. I shall not require you anymore. You may take the evening off.
      June: In the middle of the jungle? Big deal!
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mr. Boosey'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 Mr. Boosey 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 Lubi-Dubis, which is often slang that old men use in a sexual way to describe younger, attractive women.
  • Disguised in Drag: Upsidasi dresses up as a Lubi-Dubi to infiltrate Afrodisia and tell the group how he plans to free himself.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Ug sort of is, but not in a sexual way. When he notices the protruding chests of Lady Bagley and June, he becomes curious, and concerned that they're different to his chest.
    • Mr. Boosey and Mr. Chumley when around the Lubi-Dubi tribe.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A keen eye can spot Walter at Professor Tinkle's lecture prior to his reveal as Tonka the Great.
  • Either/Or Title: Carry On Up the Jungle or The African Queens or Stop beating about the bush or Show me your waterhole and I'll show you mine.
  • Exact Words: Mr. Boosey asks Upsidasi what the Jungle Drums say, so Upsidasi tells him "Boom diddy, boom diddy, boom boom boom".
  • Failed a Spot Check: The group dig a large pit to trap the Noshas in, although once they are finished, they realise that they have dug straight down without thinking of how they were going to get out themselves.
  • Faint in Shock:
    • Mr. Chumley does so 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 Mr. Boosey's tent. June faints in Mr. Boosey's arms after discovering the gorilla in her tent. Then, after realising Ug is her long-lost son, she bursts into Mr. Boosey's tent, and has just enough time to say his name before she also passes out. He gloomily lampshades it.
      Mr. Boosey: Why do I always have that effect on 'em?
    • Lady Bagley again when she discovers Tonka the Great is in fact her long-lost husband Walter and has been with the Lubi-Dubis all these years.
  • Fictional Document: La Belle Parisienne, the dirty magazine that Professor Tinkle reads to curb his sexual urges.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When talking about not hearing any Jungle Drums, Upsidasi tells Mr. Boosey that women in a tribe like to stuff bones in their nostrils. When meeting the Lubi-Dubis, one of their chants are, "Tonka, Tonka - stick it up your honker".
    • After being captured by the Noshas, Mr. Chumley notes that Upsidasi was able to escape and hopes that he went for help. Later on, we find that he did.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting:
    • Lady Bagley looking for her missing husband and son.
    • Professor Tinkle and Claude Chumley trying to find a rare bird, while both trying to get with Lady Bagley.
    • June falling for Ug the jungle boy and trying to teach him English.
  • 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.
  • Fur Bikini: June dons one after she goes off with Ug.
  • Gasshole: Mr. Boosey burps at dinner to the disgust of Mr. Chumley.
    Mr. Boosey: Better than sneaking it out in other ways, innit?
  • 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.
  • Got Me Doing It: Happens to June as she teaches Ug English.
    Ug: There. Was batter?
    June: Mech butter. (Beat) Oh dear. Now you've got me doing it.
  • Grande Dame: Lady Bagley, who remains elegant and upper-class even in Darkest Africa.
  • Great White Hunter: Bill Boosey is an alcoholic parody; being so drunk he can't shoot a single thing.
    Mr. Boosey: Did I get him?
    Upsidasi: No, Boss, you aim good - but him in de wrong place.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Mr. Boosey briefly mistakes the Nosha's Jungle Drums for a splitting headache brought on by another night of drinking.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: In the final mating ceremony, Professor Tinkle, Mr. Boosey and Mr. Chumley 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: Professor Tinkle, Mr. Boosey and Mr. Chumley 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 Walter turns out alive, but she hints that if she were to end up with any of them, she'd go for Professor Tinkle (she kisses his cheek when he escorts her back to her tent in the dark).
  • How Did That Get in There?: This gag occurred in the original extended version of Professor Tinkle's opening lecture as a slideshow is shown to his audience:
    Professor Tinkle: Here is the starting point of our expedition - and here is our ultimate goal - the Interior! (Beat) Oh, and that is an interior decorator. Yes, that slide shouldn't have been there. The next one please!
  • How We Got Here: The movie's events happened ages ago and is being told to a birdwatching audience by Professor Tinkle.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Noshas are explicitly stated to be cannibals, and come very close to serving up the main characters.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Mr. Boosey tells the group he refuses to stay in the clearing they've arrived at. Then he hears the Noshas' Jungle Drums and barks out orders to set the tents up.
  • Impact Silhouette: Ug crashes into a tree and the shape of his body is left in the bark as he falls off.
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: Upsidasi does not make a very convincing Lubi-Dubi, yet somehow manages to infiltrate Afrodisia with his disguise.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mr. Boosey claims that he doesn't believe in superstitions, which is why he is nicknamed "Rattlesnake Bill". No one calls him this at any other point in the movie, but is called that in a few Deleted Scenes found in the book The Lost Carry Ons.
  • Jungle Drums: When the bearers hear the Noshas' drums, they refuse to go any further lest they be eaten by cannibals. Mr. Boosey isn't convinced that cannibals even exist, but Upsidasi explains it to him.
    Upsidasi: Well, dey say dat de first drum says "Lay de table. Dinner on de way". And de second drum says "Yummy yummy".
  • Jungle Opera: The film is a parody of this, with the exploring party having different reasons of being on the trip, such as Lady Bagley searching for her missing son Cecil, and Professor Tinkle and Mr. Chumley looking for exotic birds.
  • Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: The movie surprisingly subverts this, however, the kookaburra laugh can be heard when Ug 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: A gorilla bothers the group at several times, peeking at Lady Bagley in the shower, stealing June's clothes and rifling through their tents.
  • Lady Land: The all-female Lubi-Dubi tribe from the Lost World of Afrodisia; 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.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: June normally has her hair done up, but lets it down when swimming in the waterhole.
  • Loincloth: Ug, 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 bloomers.
  • Lost World: The lost world of Afrodisia, in the heart of Darkest Africa and populated by the entirely female Lubi-Dubi tribe (and one lost Englishman).
  • Magical Negro: Upsidasi who guides Mr. Boosey and the others up the jungle.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Bill Boosey tries to do so, but unfortunately he couldn't shoot straight to save his life thanks to his alcoholism.
  • Marshmallow Hell: After Lady Bagley is reunited with Ug, she hugs him by pressing the side of his head against her chest.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Professor Tinkle gives Lady Bagley one when trying to answer her question about giraffes.
    Lady Bagley: I wonder why it is they have such long necks.
    Professor Tinkle: Oh, well it's quite simple. It's because their heads are so far away from their bodies.
  • Meaningful Name: Bill Boosey is The Alcoholic.
  • Mighty Whitey: King Tonka AKA Walter Bagley is probably one of the least mighty examples of this trope in all fiction; after the Lubi-Dubis saved him from being eaten by the Noshas years earlier, they declared him their king in the hope that he could sire some male Lubi-Dubis 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.
  • Mondegreen Gag: When Lady Bagley asks him to be circumspect, Professor Tinkle thinks she's said "circumcised" and responds that he was when he was a baby.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Ug briefly loses his Loincloth and has to run around naked before finding some bloomers he can wear.
  • Native Guide: Upsidasi to Mr. Boosey and the rest of the party.
  • Nature Hero: Ug 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 Lubi-Dubis. 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: Mr. Chumley 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: After the Noshas decide to let the group go, Professor Tinkle's big mouth and Ug's failed rescue attempt has them all to be put to death.
  • Never My Fault: Mr. Boosey convinces the Noshas that Professor Tinkle is a wizard, but when the reluctant Professor's improvisation goes wrong, Mr. Boosey blames him for ruining their escape chances.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted.
    • Mr. Boosey warns Mr. Chumley 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 Cecil has soiled himself.
  • No Full Name Given: We don't find out June's surname, although judging by the ending it's likely she became June Bagley after marrying Ug.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • June has one when she discovers the gorilla in her tent, thinking it was Ug.
    • After escaping from the Lubi-Dubis, Mr. Boosey and the others realise there are elephants coming their way from Ug's elephant call. Upsidasi has one too when the elephants appear.
      Mr. Boosey: Blimey, what's that? (Beat) ELEPHANTS!
      Upsidasi: Umballa! Umballa!
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mr. Boosey's first name is William, although he only gets called this before the first mating ceremony.
  • Only One Name: The Native Guide, Upsidasi.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: The Lubi-Dubis hope to get this from the men, as they have had no male births for many years. Mr. Boosey and Mr. Chumley want the sex, but probably don't want to be fathers yet.
  • Out with a Bang: When Leda explains that the last man in Afrodisia died years ago, Mr. Chumley remarks it isn't hard to guess what from.
  • The Peeping Tom: Mr. Chumley watches Lady Bagley have a shower, then when Professor Tinkle catches him, he sends him away so he can watch her himself.
  • Perma-Shave:
    • For being the age to grow facial hair, Walter and Ug are clean-shaven throughout their appearances. Perhaps the Lubi-Dubis have types of rocks in their village that Walter can use as razors, but Ug 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. Mr. Boosey probably has stubble because many "bad boy" Sid James characters do, but Professor Tinkle and Mr. Chumley are more likely to carry razors out of the entire cast, considering how high their authority. Meanwhile, Upsidasi and his hired help either don't grow as much facial hair or have special materials to shave with.
  • Pit Trap: Mr. Boosey makes the group dig one to trap the Noshas. The only problem is they dig so far down they have no way to get out themselves.
  • Porn Stash: Professor Tinkle 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 Ug, he briefly freezes and pulls her in enthusiastically for another.
  • Prefers Going Barefoot: Ug 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.
  • Punny Name:
    • Inigo Tinkle can be read as "I need to go tinkle".
    • Upsidasi, or "upsy daisy".
    • Professor Tinkle tells Lady Bagley about a snake known as a vindscreen viper that moves in a way such as a windscreen wiper does.
    • 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:
      Professor Tinkle: That's all we need... kosher Noshas!
    • The Lost World of attractive women is called Afrodisia, while the attractive women are known as the Lubi-Dubis, or "lubby dubbies" which is slang for attractive young women.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Walter is believed to be dead after his watch was found in the body of a crocodile, until he shows up and is revealed to be Tonka the Great, and revealed that his watch was eaten by a Nosha, who must've then been eaten by a crocodile.
  • The Reveal: That Lady Bagley's husband Walter isn't dead, but is in fact the one known to the Lubi-Dubis as Tonka the Great.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Walter can be spotted at Professor Tinkle's lecture in the beginning.
  • Road Apples: The group has to make a detour to avoid all the elephant dung they encounter.
    Professor Tinkle: What is it? Why have we stopped?
    Mr. Boosey: See all that? Elephant's.
    Professor Tinkle: Well I didn't think it was ours.
  • Running Gag: The gorilla turning up and terrorising the group.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mr. Chumley freaks out after being overworked during the mating ceremonies for three months straight.
  • 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 the Jungle Drums, they abandon the area, thinking it's the messages of the cannibalistic Nosha tribe. Mr. Boosey even says afterwards that they won't see them again.
    • When Mr. Boosey hears the Noshas, he immediately tells the group they need to take the bare essentials and leave instantly.
    • When Ug's attempted rescue goes wrong and sets off the ammunition crates, June pulls Ug out of the pot he's stuck in and the two flee, while Upsidasi sees them leave and gets the same idea, all three leaving Professor Tinkle, Mr. Chumley, Mr. Boosey and Lady Bagley behind.
    • Double-subverted later. Professor Tinkle, Mr. Boosey and Mr. Chumley decide to do this after three months with the Lubi-Dubis, having grown fed up of being given unattractive mates. When they get given attractive mates, they decide to stay. But then Ug, thinking the three are in danger due to the soldiers aiming guns in their direction, makes an elephant call, coincidentally the same signal Mr. Boosey 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 Lubi-Dubis.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: June is soaked after her swim with Ug, and her wet clothing allows us to see her breasts.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: After all the trouble everyone went to trying to find the Oozlum bird, when Professor Tinkle unveils it at the end of the film he discovers it has escaped.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Lubi-Dubis were inspired by the films Untamed Women and Wild Women of Wongo.
    • Leda wears a dress in the mating ceremony that 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 Mr. Boosey) and says that she is saving herself for someone special. Then the ignorant jungle boy Ug turns up and she falls in love.
  • Slipping into Stink: Mr. Boosey trips Professor Tinkle and sends him into a pile of elephant droppings.
    Mr. Boosey: Right in it.
  • Smooch of Victory: When Professor Tinkle catches Mr. Chumley trying to have his way with Lady Bagley, he takes her back to camp through the dark, and she kisses his cheek to show her gratitude.
  • Something Else Also Rises: When spotting Lady Bagley in the shower, Mr. Boosey's gun raises up.
  • Something We Forgot: It's only after the Pit Trap has been dug that the group realises they forgot to include a way for them to get out.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Professor Tinkle, and to a lesser extent, Mr. Chumley, especially when compared to the lower-class Mr. Boosey.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Leda, the leader of the Lubi-Dubis.
  • Stewed Alive: The group fear of this happening when they're kidnapped by the Noshas.
    Lady Bagley: Do they just... drop us into boiling water?
    Mr. Boosey: Oh, no. Nothing as barbaric as that. They just drain the all the blood out of us first.
  • Stock Footage: A lot of animal footage and silhouettes of tribesmen running through the trees.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Ug's attempt to rescue the group from the Noshas results in the ammunition crates catching fire and exploding.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Frankie Howerd plays Professor Inigo Tinkle, the kind of camp character usually played by Kenneth Williams.
  • Tagline: "The Carry On team in STARKEST Africa".
  • Tarzan Boy: Ug, what with the Loincloth and use of Vine Swing to get around.
  • Tempting Fate: Walter shows up in the men's tent to wish them luck in the mating ceremony, making Mr. Boosey 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.
  • Time Skip: After the first mating ceremony, the film cuts to three months later.
  • Toilet Humour: A baboon poops on Mr. Chumley's binoculars while he peers through them.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer gives away The Reveal that Tonka the Great is actually Lady Bagley's husband Walter, and spoils the joke that this so-called "lover of many" is played by the camp Charles Hawtrey.
  • Tribal Carry: Features on the poster for the film.
  • Undercrank: Played for Laughs like in many other Carry On films:
    • When Professor Tinkle and Mr. Chumley run from the gorilla.
    • When the group frantically dig a pit trap.
    • When the group run from the elephant stampede.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Professor Tinkle and Lady Bagley. Lady Bagley is quite charmed by him, but dearly misses her departed Walter, while Professor Tinkle finds her very attractive, and has to try and hold back his urges.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Just as Professor Tinkle, Mr. Boosey, Mr. Chumley and Walter are about to get the chance to make love to beautiful Lubi-Dubis, Ug makes an elephant call which Upsidasi mistakes for the rescue signal and deprives the four of their chance to have it off.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Lady Bagley's keeps a photograph of her (then) newborn son Cecil in her cleavage. When showing it to the rest of the camp, Mr. Boosey shows a look of disappointment, probably hoping that she was going to whip out her breasts.
  • Vine Swing: Ug 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...
  • V-Sign: Mr. Boosey, Professor Tinkle, Mr. Chumley and Walter all do it in the photo of them seen at the end of the film, taken after they escaped from Afrodisia.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Several characters (Ug, the Noshas, the bearers) are almost constantly shirtless.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Lady Bagley accidentally rips off Ug's Loincloth.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Constantly occurs with Ug when he bangs his face into trees.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: Ug and June's subplot is a parody of Tarzan.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Walter lets Cecil know he's going to "give Mumsy-wumsy a smacksie-wacksie" for forgetting to change his nappy.