CARRY ON UP THE JUNGLE (1970)
Article 4903 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Featuring Frankie Howerd, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
What it is: Carry On movie, of course.
Several British subjects take an expedition to Africa. There they encounter a jungle man, a gorilla, a tribe of cannibals and a tribe of man-hungry women.
This is the third Carry On movie I’ve seen, and based on this one, I get the impression that the series became even more of what it was as time went by, which is to say that it is a non-stop compendium of double entrendres and sex jokes. This one tackles the jungle movie, with an emphasis on the Tarzan story. The fantastic content here is the usual “marginal fantasy” element of the whole Tarzan series, though it does throw in the element of the appearance of a supposedly-extinct bird to add to the mix. If you’ve seen a Carry On movie before and like the series, this one will go down easy for you; if you’re not taken with the series, it won’t change your mind. For me, the sex jokes and double entrendres wear thin quickly, but you might as well try to enjoy them; the jokes that don’t fall under those classifications are unfailingly lame.