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      Carry on Spying

      1964 1h 27m Comedy List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 62% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A British spy (Kenneth Williams) and his pupils are sent to recover a secret formula stolen by an agent of STENCH. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Variety Staff Variety Kenneth Williams' brand of camp comedy, while very funny in smallish doses, can pall when he has a lengthy chore as here. But Bernard Cribbins brings some useful virility to his fatuous role. Oct 18, 2011 Full Review Ian Nathan Empire Magazine More sprightly and less encumbered with the need to titillate that would ring-fence the Carry Ons in later life, there is a youthfulness about Spying that still remains fresher than the colour films. Rated: 4/5 Oct 18, 2011 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Straight off the Carry On assembly line, this spoof on James Bondery looses a few random and very limp satirical shafts, but is for the most part content to stick to routine. Jan 25, 2018 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times Mercilessly ribbing the James Bond movies and Graham Greene's espionage entertainments, the ninth Carry On saw Barbara Windsor make her series debut as the most resourceful of a hamstrung quartet of agents sent to Vienna to recover a secret formula. Rated: 3/5 Oct 18, 2011 Full Review Sky Staff Sky Cinema The pace is faster than before and Kenneth Williams is a hoot as a hapless spy in Vienna. Rated: 4/5 Oct 18, 2011 Full Review TV Guide One of the bright spots in the Carry On series. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 18, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member One of the best, if not THE best Carry On films Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/22/20 Full Review D. A A Carry On film often in the background (because there were only two regulars starring: Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey, with a bit part from soon-to-disappear member Eric Barker), this Bernard Cribbins-starring movie was fun, funny, and entertaining. Unfortunately, the worst people in the movie are the actors that Carry On fans would claim that they "saved" this awkward Cribbins era: Williams and Hawtrey, whose characters are sometimes so unbearable to watch because of their stupidity, leaving the rest of their group (and Eric Barker) to pick up the pieces, unfortunately not being thanked for it. This was Barbara Windsor's debut in the series and I'd say she had big shoes to fill - after all, the other Cribbins movie, Carry On Jack that came out before, already had an actress in it (Juliet Mills) that became a weird little blip in the series and never appeared again, filling a role that would've probably gone to a Joan Sims-esque style. Her ship tease with Cribbins was a nice touch, mostly because it didn't feel forced, and she had her funny moments. It's alarming when Windsor's naive young character that acts a little like an alien that is still trying to learn human customs is smarter than Williams and Hawtrey. Jim Dale's appearance as the best agent in the business is constantly assaulted and humiliated by Williams and the other characters because they fell for his ludicrous disguises when they first met. The villain (a genderless scientist trying to find a secret formula stolen from a factory) is loads of fun - some of the best comedy moments are from their scenes with their henchmen. Overall, a great Carry On movie that is horribly overlooked. Highly recommend. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/30/19 Full Review Audience Member I had a feeling I wouldn't like these 'Carry On' movies and I was mostly right about that. There were some okay funny moments, but not enough. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Got love Kenneths performance Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review simon d A cut-down carry on team of only 5 big names play goofball spies. With Williams and Hawtrey as part of that five, this one is overly camp for my liking. It's nice to see their portrayal of 60's Vienna though. One of the weakest carry on's I've seen. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review bill t Another silly CO movie. This was not bad, though it does go all over the place. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A British spy (Kenneth Williams) and his pupils are sent to recover a secret formula stolen by an agent of STENCH.
      Director
      Gerald Thomas
      Producer
      Peter Rogers
      Screenwriter
      Talbot Rothwell, Sid Colin
      Production Co
      Peter Rogers Productions
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Runtime
      1h 27m