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Carry On Camping

Carry On Camping is a 1969 comedy film and the seventeenth Carry On film. It was released on 3 July, 1969 in the UK. The film stars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims, Dilys Laye and Bernard Bresslaw. It was directed by Gerald Thomas with a screenplay by Talbot Rothwell.


Sid Boggle (Sid James) and his friend Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw), partners in a plumbing business, take their girlfriends, the prudish Joan (Joan Sims) and the meek Anthea (Dilys Laye), to the cinema to watch a film Paradise, about a nudist camp. Sid then gets the idea that the two couples should take a holiday in the camp featured in the film - reasoning that in such an environment their heretofore chaste girlfriends will relax their strict moral standards - a plan that he and Bernie bravely attempt to keep secret from the girls.

They travel to the campsite named Paradise, but after paying the fees, Sid realises it is not the camp of the film but a standard family camp site. Furthermore, it turns out not to be a paradise at all but little more than a damp field in the depths of the country. It has no view and no luxuries - and the only facilities are a basic ablutions block. The site is run by a money-grabbing farmer named Fiddler (Peter Butterworth). They reluctantly agree to stay after Fiddler refuses a refund and the girls approve of the camping ground. The boys are further disappointed when the girls refuse to share a tent with them.

Sid and Bernie soon set their sights on a bunch of young ladies on holiday from the Chayste Place finishing school. They are led by the blonde and bouncy Babs (Barbara Windsor). In charge of the girls is Dr Soaper (Kenneth Williams), who is fervently pursued by his lovelorn colleague, the school's matron, Miss Haggard (Hattie Jacques). During an outdoor aerobics session led by Dr Soaper Babs' bikini top flies off and is caught by Soaper. (The effect was achieved with a fishing rod and line attached to the garment.)

Other campers are Peter Potter (Terry Scott), who hates camping but must endure a jolly and domineering wife Harriet (Betty Marsden), who has the world's most hideous cackle, and Charlie Muggins (Charles Hawtrey), a naive first-time camper.

Chaos ensues when a group of hippies arrive in the next field for a noisy all-night rave - a live concert by band "The Flowerbuds"). The campers club together to drive the ravers away; they succeed, but the girls leave with the hippies. However, there is a happy end for Bernie and Sid, when their girlfriends finally agree to sleep with them.


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