Carry on Cowboy

1965

Action / Comedy / Western

34
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 2278

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Jon Pertwee as Sheriff Albert Earp
Jim Dale as Marshal P. Knutt
Tony Robinson as Rider
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 6 / 10

Sure is a shame about those gosh-darn awful accents.

Having recently arrived in the United States, clumsy British sanitation engineer Marshal P. Knutt (Jim Dale) applies for work and, due to a mix-up concerning his name, is mistaken for a U.S. Marshall and sent to lawless Stodge City to 'clean up the town'.

I'm a life-long fan of the Carry On series and have seen most of them several times over, but this rather ambitious attempt at parodying the Western genre is one I rarely revisit, being far from the gang's best work. The film delivers a few stunts, a spot of action, and a surprisingly convincing Wild West town setting, but the plot is uninspired, much of the humour is laboured, and the film comes seriously unstuck thanks to the extremely awkward performances, the majority of the cast clearly struggling hard to pull off a convincing American accent.

Sid James, as outlaw The Rumpo Kid, suffers the worst, his crap cowboy drawl sounding like a strange cross between Jimmy Cagney and… err… well, Sid James. John Wayne it ain't! Other guilty parties include Kenneth Williams, who aims for gruff Texan (but shoots wide of the target), and Joan Sims as buxom saloon owner Belle and Angela Douglas as beautiful vengeful gunslinger Annie Oakley, both of whom sound more West End than Wild West. Charles Hawtree plays a red Indian chief, but wisely opts to stick with an English accent.

On a more positive note, Jon 'Dr Who' Pertwee, who plays blind and deaf Sheriff Albert Earp, provides a few solid laughs by blundering into obstacles at every turn, there's a fun cat-fight between sexy Sims and delicious Douglas as they vie for Dale's attention (with Edina Ronay joining in on the fun as well), and a silly High Noon-style finale manages to end the film in reasonable style.

5.5/10, rounded up to 6 for Douglas's sexy musical number, which she performs in a body stocking decorated with diamanté, accessorised with a big, pink feather boa. Yeehaw!

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

A fast-paced highlight of the series

CARRY ON COWBOY, an extremely broad spoof of the ever-popular western genre, marks a real high for the Carry On team; this is even better than CARRY ON CLEO, and despite missing a couple of regulars in Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Connor, this proves to be a real highlight of the series.

The film features a devilish turn from Sid James, who's having a ball as the Rumpo Kid, a gunslinger and outlaw who holes up in a western town and proceeds to wreak havoc. Up against him are nasally Mayor Kenneth Williams, the famous sharpshooter of legend Annie Oakes (played well by Angela Douglas), and Jim Dale as a would-be Marshall.

Jim Dale is the real revelation, playing what was quite possibly his best role in a Carry On movie. He's charming, endlessly funny, and gives a decent performance too. I never much liked the guy when I watched these movies as a kid, but that's changed with his role here. CARRY ON COWBOY also features two additions to the stable, with the excellent Peter Butterworth and Bernard Bresslaw in minor parts. The humour is typically scattershot but it has a high threshold of laughs compared to groans, and fans will be in their element.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Before Blazing Saddles

Several years before Mel Brooks took his satirical talent and inflicted on the western genre in Blazing Saddles, the Carry On troupe blazed that trail ahead of him in Carry On Cowboy. It's interesting to me to hear British players doing American accents because I get an idea of what we sound like to them.

Elements of Destry Rides Again, The Paleface, and with a High Noon type finale are present in Carry On Cowboy. Sid James plays that dastardly outlaw the Rumpole Kid who killed sheriff Jon Pertwee. The good citizens of Stodge City ask for a US Marshal to be sent, but what they get is a sanitary engineer named Marshal P. Nutt played by Jim Dale.

Though his qualifications in law enforcement are slim, Dale gives it a go and fortunately has sharp shooting Angela Douglas playing Annie Oakley and as in love with Dale as Wrangler Jane was with Captain Parmenter on F Troop.

As they would say across the pond, jolly good show. And do we really sound like that.

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