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      Talbot Rothwell

      Talbot Rothwell

      Highest Rated: 83% Carry on Spying (1964)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Carry on Camping (1969)

      Birthday: Nov 12, 1916

      Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England, UK

      It sounds clichéd, but the story of how Talbot Rothwell started out as a writer really would make a great movie. Apparently, while serving as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II, his plane was shot down over Norway and he was incarcerated by the Germans. There he befriended Peter Butterworth, who would later become a popular British comedy actor and associate of his, and the pair wrote and performed shows that initially did not seem well-received by their fellow prisoners (although legend has it that the booing covered up the noise of an escape tunnel being dug). Rothwell is best remembered as the writer of the "Carry On" series of films--known for slapstick antics and parodying institutions of all sorts--from 1963 to 1974. While under the old writer, "Carry On" featured a lot of relatively tame humor, under his pen it became more risqué, and by the early '70s nudity and unabashed sexual references replaced the innuendo of prior years. Highlights of his tenure included the '60s installments "Carry On Cleo," which tried for the epic feel of "Cleopatra," and in which Rothwell borrowed two radio personalities' line, "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" for star Kenneth Williams. There was also the hit "Carry On Camping," which centered around a disastrous trip to the outdoors (and costarred his old pal Butterworth). Prior to catching on with the franchise, he spent the '50s writing for various comedians and troupes in films and sketch programs.



      No Score Yet 57% Carry on Dick Screenwriter - 1974
      No Score Yet 55% Carry on Girls Screenwriter - 1973
      No Score Yet 64% Carry on Matron Screenwriter - 1973
      No Score Yet 77% Carry on Abroad Screenwriter - 1972
      No Score Yet 51% Carry on Henry VIII Screenwriter - 1971
      No Score Yet 72% Carry on at Your Convenience Screenwriter - 1971
      No Score Yet 41% Up Pompeii Writer - 1971
      No Score Yet 48% Carry On Up the Jungle Screenwriter - 1970
      No Score Yet 50% Carry on Loving Screenwriter - 1970
      No Score Yet 43% Carry on Again, Doctor Screenwriter - 1969
      40% 77% Carry on Camping Screenwriter - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carry on Christmas Writer - 1969
      No Score Yet 78% Carry On ... Up the Khyber Screenwriter - 1968
      No Score Yet 47% Follow That Camel Writer - 1967
      No Score Yet 69% Carry on Doctor Screenwriter - 1967
      71% 73% Carry on Screaming Screenwriter - 1966
      No Score Yet 64% Don't Lose Your Head Writer - 1966
      No Score Yet 49% Carry On Cowboy Screenwriter - 1965
      No Score Yet 73% Carry on Cleo Screenwriter - 1964
      83% 62% Carry on Spying Writer - 1964
      No Score Yet 58% Carry on Cabby Screenwriter - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What Every Woman Wants Writer - 1954


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up Pompeii Writer 1969-1970