The Carry On team go ape crazy in darkest Africa as
Professor Inigo Tinkle and his clumsy sidekick, Claude Chumley,
embark on a bird fancying expedition. Primitive passions are
unleashed, a forgotten tribe of gorgeous man-hungry females
is encountered and a loin-clothed, vine-swinging jungle boy
is the unlikely hero in this riotous romp. Sid James as the
fearless white hunter Bill Boosey, Joan Sims as the haughty
Lady Bagley and Charles Hawtrey as Tonka - father of countless,
happily get native for this classic Carry On...
On Up the Jungle is
pretty average for a Carry On movie. Poor jokes, laughing
at wobbly bits and the hint of something slightly rude...
yup all these elements are neatly in place... but there seems
to be something missing.
something happens to be Kenneth Williams. The part of Professor
Tinkle, eventually played by Frankie Howerd, was offered to
Williams, but due to the writing schedule for The Kenneth
Williams Show, he declined. He was then offered the part
of King Tonka, played eventually by Charles Hawtrey. Willams
was disgusted that the part wasn't on screen until almost
the end and refused. Howerd turns in an admirable enough performance,
but it obvious from the start that the role was written for
Scott's "Tarzan" character would have been much
funnier if the writers hadn't insisted that every time he
swings on a vine he hits a tree or misses his landing spot.
And what on earth is it about a man in a gorilla suit that
is supposed to be funny? There are also hints of racism running
throughout this episode which don't help matters.
DVD includes an audio commentary by Jacki Piper and Valerie
Leon; photo gallery with captions; theatrical trailer; and
an episode of Carry On Laughing: The Nine Old Cobblers.
enough, but you might find yourself needing a nap before the
movie reaches the end.
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