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Carry On Spying (1964)

Carry on Spying (original title)
A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Talbot Rothwell (original screenplay), Sid Colin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Williams ... Desmond Simkins
Barbara Windsor ... Daphne Honeybutt
Bernard Cribbins ... Harold Crump
Charles Hawtrey ... Charlie Bind
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... The Chief
Dilys Laye ... Lila
Jim Dale ... Carstairs
Richard Wattis ... Cobley
Eric Pohlmann ... The Fat Man
Victor Maddern ... Milchmann
Judith Furse ... Doctor Crow
John Bluthal ... Head Waiter / Doctor Crow - voice
Renee Houston ... Madame
Jack Taylor Jack Taylor ... Thug
Tom Clegg Tom Clegg ... Doorman
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Storyline

A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man, Dr Milchman and Dr Crow! Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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It's No Secret - Carry On Spying Takes The Lid Off Laughter! [UK Window Sheet] See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1964 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent Oooh! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie spoofed the Ian Fleming spy and criminal organization acronym, such as SMERSH and SPECTRE from the James Bond films, and UNCLE from the movies and TV series. These acronym spoofs in this picture were BOSH, SNOG, SMUT and STENCH. Their meanings are as follows: BOSH: The British Operational Security Headquarters; SNOG: The Society for the Neutralisation of Germs; SMUT: The Society for the Monopoly of Universal Technology and STENCH: The Society for Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans. See more »

Goofs

When Crump points out the cherries in their champagne cocktails at the Café Mozart, his and Daphne's cherry sticks vary in position between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Daphne Honeybutt and Charlie Bind arrive at the villains' secret lair]
Daphne Honeybutt aka Agent Brown Cow: It must be their headquarters!
[Charlie Bind ogles a female technician who is bent over some equipment]
Charlie Bind: Looks more like their hindquarters.
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Alternate Versions

A scene - apparently now lost - shows Agent Bind stopping to feed money into a fruit machine as the other recruits are escaping the fun house. It would seem that all existing prints of "Spying" now fade out just before this occurs but there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that this full version had been shown on British TV at least once during the 70s. See more »

Connections

Follows Carry On Nurse (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

THE MAGIC OF LOVE
by Eric Rogers
Sung by Dilys Laye (uncredited)
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A spoof of British eccentricity
12 June 2012 | by alexandra-25See all my reviews

An audience may be forgiven for viewing Carry on Spying as a spoof of an eclectic range of spy films. However, in fact this is a mistaken view. Films such as The Third Man (1949), Casablanca,(1942), The Lady Vanishes (1938) and James Bond are all borrowed in order to spoof British culture; the eccentricity of the British and our view of the world, particularly during the Cold War era. Moreover, the film suggests that as Brits we are not afraid to send up ourselves and, moreover, that we have a sense of humour, thereby detracting from the'stiff upper lip' persona.

Acting wise the ' Carry On' team performed well, and were particularly adept at stereotyping British eccentrics. The message they conveyed via their respective acting roles in the film was to look on the bright side of life! The film has broad appeal to those interested in the genres of thrillers, spy, or comedy. Moreover it will appeal to film buffs of the black and white genre.


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