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British Comedy Films

Ealing Comedies

Producer of the Ealing Comedies Click to show or hide the answer
1947: considered to be the first Ealing Comedy Click to show or hide the answer
1949: Alec Guinness plays eight members of the D'Ascoyne family (including, possibly most memorably, Lady Agatha) – all killed by Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) because they stand in the way of his inheriting the dukedom Click to show or hide the answer
1951: stars Alec Guinness as Henry Holland, a bank clerk who melts gold bars into models of the Eiffel Tower Click to show or hide the answer
1951: stars Alec Guinness as Sidney Stratton, a researcher who invents a new, indestructible fibre that threatens to destroy the textile industry Click to show or hide the answer
1955: five diverse oddball criminal types (Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers and Danny Green), planning a bank robbery, rent rooms from Mrs. Wilberforce, an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians Click to show or hide the answer
1959: stars Peter Sellers as shop steward Fred Kite Click to show or hide the answer
1960: stars Peter Sellers as Dodger Lane, the leader of a group of convicts who break back into prison after committing a robbery Click to show or hide the answer

Carry On

1957 film that inspired the series – starring David Tomlinson, Ronald Shiner and Joan Sims Click to show or hide the answer
Director of the Carry On films Click to show or hide the answer
Screenwriter for Nos. 1 (Carry On Sergeant) to 6 (Carry On Cruising) Click to show or hide the answer
Screenwriter for Nos. 7 (Carry On Cabby) to 26 (Carry On Dick) Click to show or hide the answer

Various writers were involved in the remaining five films.

11958: starring William Hartnell as Sgt. Grimshaw Click to show or hide the answer
21959: starring Leslie Phillips as Jack Bell ("Ding … Dong!") Click to show or hide the answer
31959: Ted Ray, in his only Carry On appearance, plays the headmaster Click to show or hide the answer
41960: Sid James made his Carry On debut as Sgt. Frank Wilkins – brought in to replace Ted Ray who was unavailable for contractual reasons Click to show or hide the answer
51961: features the Helping Hands agency, taking on various odd jobs Click to show or hide the answer
 Intended to be next in the series, but was never made Click to show or hide the answer
61962: first to be filmed in colour; features the SS Happy Wanderer Click to show or hide the answer
71963: return to black & white: not originally a Carry On film. Jim Dale's debut; Kenneth Williams didn't appear. Hattie Jacques starts a taxi firm employing glamorous female drivers, to rival the one run by her husband (Sid James) Click to show or hide the answer
81963: one of the few to have a historical setting (on the frigate Venus) Click to show or hide the answer
91964: James Bond spoof; the last to be made in black & white; Barbara Windsor makes her debut as Daphne Honeybutt Click to show or hide the answer
101964: starring Amanda Barrie in the title role, and Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar; includes Williams's famous line: "Infamy … infamy … they've all got it in for me!" (originally written by Frank Muir & Dennis Norden for Take it from here) Click to show or hide the answer
111965: set in Stodge City, starring Sid James as the Rumpo Kid Click to show or hide the answer
121966: Hammer Horror spoof, set in Edwardian London. Starring Harry H. Corbett as Sidney Bung – the role intended for Sid James who was unavailable for contractual reasons Click to show or hide the answer
131966: set in the French revolution; a spoof of The Scarlet Pimpernel (features "the Black Fingernail"). One of only two that didn't (originally) include Carry On in their titles Click to show or hide the answer
141967: Beau Geste parody (features the French Foreign Legion); starring Phil Silvers in an unsuccessful attempt to appeal to US audiences (after Sid James had a heart attack). The other one that didn't (originally) include Carry On in its title Click to show or hide the answer
151967: starring Frankie Howerd as hospital patient Francis Bigger Click to show or hide the answer
161968: Kipling parody. Sid James plays Sir Sidney Ruff–Diamond; Bernard Bresslaw plays Burpa chief Bungdit Din. The Khasi of Khalabar (Kenneth Williams) plots to dispel the tough image of the 3rd Foot & Mouth Regiment ("the Devils in Skirts") by proving that they wear underpants under their kilts. Many scenes filmed on Snowdon (commemorated since 2005 by a plaque in Llanberis) Click to show or hide the answer
171969: "The Carry On team refuse to let sleeping bags lie". Plumbers Sid Boggle and Bernie Lugg take their girlfriends to "Paradise", thinking it's a nudist camp. There they meet a party from the Chayste Place finishing school – including matron Miss Haggard (Hattie Jacques). Includes the famous moment when Barbara Windsor loses her bikini top Click to show or hide the answer
181969: Jim Dale's last appearance before Columbus (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
191970: Tarzan parody. Features an expedition to darkest Africa in search of the Oozlum bird, which is said to fly in ever–decreasing circles until it disappears up its own rear end. Frankie Howerd, in his second and last Carry On appearance, stars as Professor Inigo Tinkle Click to show or hide the answer
201970: features the Wedded Bliss dating agency, run by Sid Bliss (Sid James) and Sophie Plummet (Hattie Jacques) Click to show or hide the answer
211971: subtitle was originally going to be Anne of a Thousand Lays. Henry VIII (Sid James) is infatuated with the lovely Bettina – the role that Barbara Windsor later described as her favourite in Carry On; Kenneth Williams plays Thomas Cromwell Click to show or hide the answer
221971: the first commercial failure; featured union trouble at lavatory factory W. C. Boggs & Son (thought to upset the series' core working class audience). Known outside the UK as Carry On Round the Bend. After criticism of his leering at young girls (particularly in … Camping), Sid James plays a put–upon husband, similar to the role he played in TV sitcom Bless This House Click to show or hide the answer
231972: set in a maternity hospital; a gang led by Sid Carter (James) attempts to steal the stock of contraceptive pills Click to show or hide the answer
241972: features a trip to the Spanish resort of Elsbels, where the hotel proves to be unfinished Click to show or hide the answer
251973: the first one that neither Kenneth Williams nor Charles Hawtrey appeared in (Hawtrey had fallen out with the producer and never appeared again). Councillor Sid Fiddler (James)'s plan to hold a beauty contest, to attract visitors to the seaside resort of Fircombe, runs into trouble with "women's libbers" led by June Whitfield. Features Robin Askwith's only Carry On appearance Click to show or hide the answer
261974: the last appearances of Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor (although the last returned to present That's Carry On) Click to show or hide the answer
271975: starring Kenneth Williams as Prof. Roland Crump, and German sex symbol Elke Sommer (on a fee of £30,000 – reputedly Carry On's biggest ever, jointly with Phil Silvers in Follow That Camel) as Russian Prof. Vooshka, on an archaeological dig for Roman remains on a caravan site Click to show or hide the answer
281976: features an experimental mixed–sex anti–aircraft battery during World War II. A box–office disaster (no major Carry On stars) Click to show or hide the answer
291977: compilation, presented by Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor Click to show or hide the answer
301978: the only one to be certificated AA. Suzanne Danielle plays the title role Click to show or hide the answer
311992: starring Jim Dale in the title role. Cast includes Rik Mayall, Maureen Lipman, Alexei Sayle, Nigel Planer and Julian Clary. Leslie Phillips plays the King of Spain; June Whitfield plays his queen – a role refused by both Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor Click to show or hide the answer

Most appearances in Carry On films (26) Click to show or hide the answer
Second most appearances (23) Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared in 14 Carry On films, playing a matron in 5 of them (Nurse, Doctor, Camping, Again Doctor, Matron). Also often played the wife of Sid James's character Click to show or hide the answer

The Pink Panther

Director of the Pink Panther movies Click to show or hide the answer
Animators Click to show or hide the answer
The Pink Panther is actually a Click to show or hide the answer
Inspector Clouseau's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Clouseau's manservant Click to show or hide the answer
Cato played by Click to show or hide the answer
Clouseau's boss Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Inspector Dreyfus played by Click to show or hide the answer
Played British businessman and jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton (a.k.a. The Phantom), in the original (1963) film – intended as the star of the series, but eclipsed by Sellers's success as Clouseau Click to show or hide the answer
1964 sequel – the first to feature Lom as Dreyfus and Kwok as Cato Click to show or hide the answer
Played Clouseau in Inspector Clouseau, 1968 Click to show or hide the answer
1975: Sellers returns as Clouseau. Christopher Plummer plays Lytton Click to show or hide the answer
1976: Dreyfus tries to blackmail world leaders into assassinating Clouseau. Dialogue includes "do you 'ave a rheum?" and "does your dog bite?" Click to show or hide the answer
1978: ignores Strikes Again, seen by some as the true sequel to Return of Click to show or hide the answer
Released 1982, after Sellers's death, included footage of Sellers (his widow successfully sued Edwards for tarnishing her husband's memory) Click to show or hide the answer
1983 attempt to continue the series with Ted Wass as Detective Clifton Sleigh in place of Sellers as Clouseau. Includes a celebrated cameo appearance by Roger Moore as Clouseau following plastic surgery (credited as Turk Thrust II, filmed during a break from Octopussy) Click to show or hide the answer
1993 relaunch featuring Roberto Benigni as Clouseau's illegitimate son Click to show or hide the answer
Played Clouseau in the 2006 relaunch, The Pink Panther Click to show or hide the answer

St. Trinian's

The four original St. Trinian's films 1954 Click to show or hide the answer
1957 Click to show or hide the answer
1960 Click to show or hide the answer
1966 Click to show or hide the answer

George Cole's character Click to show or hide the answer
Headmistress (Miss (Millicent) Fritton – not named in the books?) Click to show or hide the answer
Police Sergeant Ruby Gates Click to show or hide the answer
1980 revival Click to show or hide the answer
Sgt. Gates in the 1980 revival Click to show or hide the answer
Flash Harry in the 2007 revival Click to show or hide the answer
Headmistress (Miss Camilla Fritton) in the 2007 and 2009 revivals Click to show or hide the answer
Appears as himself, hosting a TV quiz show, in the 2007 revival Click to show or hide the answer

Others

Genevieve (1953): the title character was a Click to show or hide the answer
Genevieve: make Click to show or hide the answer
Norman Wisdom's surname in his films Click to show or hide the answer
Pitkin's usual officious superior, played by Edward Chapman Click to show or hide the answer
Star of Orders are Orders (1954), The Rebel (1961), The Punch and Judy Man (1962); also appeared in Those Magnificent Men ... (1965) and The Wrong Box (1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Stars of The Intelligence Men, That Riviera Touch, The Magnificent Two Click to show or hide the answer
1959: set in the duchy of Grand Fenwick, which declares war on the USA; stars Peter Sellers in three roles (Duchess Gloriana XII, prime minister Count Rupert Mountjoy, and military leader Tully Bascomb) Click to show or hide the answer
1937: Will Hay plays a haunted station master; loosely based on Arnold Ridley's play The Ghost Train; remade in 1958 as Up the Creek, starring Peter Sellers; took its title from a Music Hall song Click to show or hide the answer

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