Carry On Jack – 1963
The eighth in the highly successful franchise sees a return to colour, for the second time, as the Carry On Team tackle life around the time of Nelson’s Navy, the first Carry On to have a historical setting.
Although the second film in the series released in 1963 and written by Talbot Rothwell, this was actually the first script that Rothwell had submitted to producer Peter Rogers and was based on a story by Sid Green and Dick Hills, who later went on to write for Morecambe And Wise.
Notably most of the usual Carry On team are missing from this film: only Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey appear throughout. It’s the first of three appearences in Carry On for Bernard Cribbins, Juliet Mills, Donald Houston and Cecil Parker make their only Carry On appearances in Carry On Jack.
The story revolves around one Albert Poop-Decker, a newly commissioned Midshipman. The story begins with the death of Nelson (Jimmy Thompson) who has said that Britain needs a bigger navy with more men. Anton Rodgers played Hardy. Poop-Decker (Bernard Cribbins) has taken 8½ years and still not qualified as midshipman but is promoted by the First Sealord (Cecil Parker) as England needs officers. He is to join the frigate Venus at Plymouth.
Then it’s all aboard for laughs a plenty as the Carry On Team tackle the high seas with their usual mix of chaos, double entendres and anarchy.
Regretfully we were only able to find a clip from the Film’s Trailer
Written By: Talbot Rothwell
Produced By: Peter Rogers
Directed By: Gerald Thomas
Release Date: November 1963