HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Aurora Encounter, The
Breaking In
Breaking In
Please Stand By
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, The
Deadpool 2
Smart Money
Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
Gangsta
3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt
Magic Serpent, The
That's Not Me
There Goes the Bride
Billy the Kid versus Dracula
Liquid Sword
I, Tonya
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
Bad Match
Güeros
Anchor and Hope
One, The
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Lucky
Still of the Night
Home Sweet Homicide
Mannaja - A Man Called Blade
Spitfire
Killers from Space
Castle of the Creeping Flesh
Ghost Stories
   
 
Newest Articles
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
The Ultimate Trip: The Original Psychedelic Movies
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
   
 
  Watch Your Stern The Navy LarkBuy this film here.
Year: 1960
Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Noel Purcell, Sid James, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques, Eric Sykes, Spike Milligan, Robin Ray, Victor Maddern, David Lodge, Ed Devereaux
Genre: Comedy
Rating:  5 (from 3 votes)
Review: The Royal Navy has just tested their new top-secret torpedo, with disastrous results. With the Captains copy of the blueprints destroyed and Admiral Sir Humphrey Pettigrew due to peruse them when meeting scientist Dr Potter it falls to seaman Officer Blissworth – who accidentally destroyed them in the first place – to help his Captain retrieve the other copy of the plans and keep the Admiral away from the scientist.

Made by the Carry On team Watch Your Stern is a big screen translation of the play Something About A Sailor. It is a far gentler comedy than the latter work of Gerald Thomas performed by a cast who will be very familiar to fans of his films. It is this cast that make the film worth watching, with Kenneth Connor particularly entertaining in the lead role. Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan stand out as a duo of engineers, Spike’s Indian caricature may not be seen as politically correct today but the pair make a great double act. Eric Barker is the suitably officious Captain and Leslie Phillips assists him as Lt. Cmdr. Fanshawe.

The main flaw is that, apart from the abovementioned exceptions, the cast aren't given free reign to play to their comic strengths. For example, Leslie Phillips is not the caddish charmer audiences have come to expect, likewise Sid James – here credited as Special Guest Star no less – who appears with a beard, at least to start with, is not really allowed to bring his trademark personality to the screen. Other roles, such as the Captain’s sister (Joan Sims) could really have been played by any one of a number of actors. The plot does allow for some well judged comic vignettes, most of these involve Kenneth Connor, who gets a rare chance to dominate proceedings with two funny comic personas he adopts in his attempts to delude and delay the Admiral. Noel Purcell, as the aforementioned Admiral, plays off Connors well and a recurring gag about Leslie Phillips’ bike is fun but aside from that Thomas’ film isn’t as good as it should be.

Considering the pedigree this movie has in terms of cast and crew it is, sadly, a pretty unremarkable affair. The script was probably well suited to the stage but doesn’t really benefit from the big screen treatment. Kenneth Connor shines, particularly when he has to don the disguises and Hattie Jacques gives a memorably haughty performance but overall Watch Your Stern is a lesser entry into the Anglo-Amalgamated comedy canon.
Reviewer: Jason Cook

 

This review has been viewed 7279 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Gerald Thomas  (1920 - 1993)

British director responsible for every film in the Carry On series. Started as an assistant editor before debuting with the childrens' film Circus Friends. Thriller Timelock followed, but the success of 1958’s bawdy Carry On Sergeant launched one of the most successful series in British cinema. Thomas directed 30 Carry On films up until 1978’s Carry On Emmannuelle, returning in 1992 to deliver his final film, Carry On Columbus. Other films include the Carry On-esque Nurse on Wheels and The Big Job, plus the big screen version of Bless this House.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
  Afra Khan
  Dan Malone
   

 

Last Updated: