Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Carry On Nerding - Carry On Up the Khyber (Gerald Thomas, 1968)

Surprisingly funny, and oddly apropos for today's climate, Carry On... Up the Khyber looks at the British rule in India and the Khyber Pass to Afghanistan.

This is a fun film with Sid James as Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond, the British governor, Kenneth Williams as The Khasi of Kalabar, Joan Sims as Lady Ruff-Diamond, and Bernard Bresslaw as the warlord Bungdit In. The governor and the Khasi are at odds over British rule, and it soon comes to life that the Scottish regiment, much feared in the area (called the "Devils in Skirts") wear underwear under their kilts. Much of the conflict comes between the Khasi proving they do and the governor proving they do not.

The humour is very good, poking fun at the British primarily, and their attitude towards the locals. It is better than many of the Carry On films I have seen, and well worth watching. Joan Sims is funny as the lower-class governor's wife, and Sid James tends to lay off the Cockney bit (for the most part).

Watch it on YouTube


dfordoom said...

Definitely one of the best of the Carry On movies.

Darius Whiteplume said...

This might be my favorite so far.

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