The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Cinema #313

Carry on Regardless
(Gerald Thomas; 1961)


SomeNYGuy said...

How ghastly! I've seen posters for grindhouse nudies from the same period that looked slicker and more sophisticated than this.

Vanwall said...

Yeah, but look at that wonderful list of names!

Kreisler said...

To be honest I think Carry On films are unwatchable. Sid James was better with Hancock and Kenneth Williams funnier on Just a Minute.

Brent McKee said...

I grew up with the Carry On films - they were regularly seen here in Canada on the CBC - and while it's true that James may have been funnier with Hancock (not to mention Hattie Jacques), and undoubtedly true that Kenneth Williams was funnier when he could open up the way he did on "Just A Minute" it is also true that the combination of talent that all of these people brought to a Carry On film is what made them shine.

Tom Sutpen said...

I'm with Brent. The Carry Ons could be wildly uneven, but there was an undeniable and unusually charming chemistry created by that cast (whatever its configuration in a given entry) which never failed to entertain this viewer when those films would turn up on television (I remember them being particular staples of WOR-TV's late-late-night lineups). I've also had a lifelong fondness for double-entendre gags (crudely wrought or no), Camp and baldface farce, and the Carry On pictures had those in abundance. 'Twas an irresistable formula for me (still is).

Richard Gibson said...

Right now, Royal Mail has a series of stamps; Carry On and Hammer Horror.

I'm not a fan of Carry On, much more a Hammer Horror fan.

swac said...

When I was quite young, probably around 7 years old, I watched Carry On films on CBC because I liked the characters and the physical humour. Years later I had to rewatch them so I could actually get the jokes.

Watching them now, they do feel a bit on the cheap and shoddy side, but I can still enjoy them for the character work (but I've got MP3s of Hancock and JaM to listen to as well for the more well-rounded picture). I just need to see Hawtrey's work with Will Hay for completeness's sake.

I do wish my monster-loving 7-year-old self had been able to see Hammer films so readily though.