Nosha with Girl
Professor Inigo Tinkle is back following a successful African search for
the rare Oozulum Bird and is currently describing the terrors of the trek
in a lantern lecture to the members of The Royal Birdwatching Society. The
year is 1900.
In a flashback to the fated expedition, a camp for its participants - Lady
Evelyn Bagley, her maid June, Claude Chumley, white hunter Bill Boosey and
his faithful tracker Upsidasi is pitched in a jungle clearing. There is a
quick cameo of things to come when Lady Evelyn - a middle aged but sex
minded widow - enters a leaf built 'Ladies' hut. Suddenly there is a
piercing scream and she shoots out with a gorilla hot on her heels.
Boosey, whose passions pulse for Lady Evelyn, fumbles a cartridge in his
gun and fires. Chumley's sun helmet is sent into orbit by the bullet,
whilst the gorilla simply shrugs its shoulders and ambles off into the
In the distance Jungle Boy is disturbed by the shot. He looks puzzled as
he puts his hair into home made curlers. A hunting knife in his teeth, he
swings off....and promptly hits a tree.
At dinner in the jungle, Lady Evelyn details the dramatic disappearance of
her husband Walter and baby son Cecil on an earlier safari. Walters watch
was found in a dead crocodile.
Later, Jungle Boy spots June stripping off her frumpish dress for a dip,
swings down and lands head first. He recovers and believes that June, who
is kneeling beside him, is another man but is baffled by her highly
developed chest. Watched by the gaping gorilla, they end up rolling
playfully in a pool.
Chumley feverishly finds a nest and tail feather of the Oozulum bird. They
are agog at that, when June appears nearly naked after the gorilla steals
her clothes. Suddenly a bearer staggers into the clearing with two spears
stuck in his back, resulting in the rest of the panicked porters bolting.
June leaves the camp for a date with Jungle Boy but misses him because
Boosey - with dubious chivalry - insists on escorting her. They return to
their separate bunks, but in a night of chaos, June mistakes the gorilla's
grunts for Jungle Boy when he enters the tent. She manages to free herself
and gets to Boosey's tent before she faints. Meanwhile Jungle Boy, looking
for June, blunders into Lady Evelyn's tent and she mistakes him for Tinkle
with whom she was flirting with earlier. As Jungle Boy breaks away, he
leaves part of his loincloth and a large nappy pin which Lady Evelyn
recognises as the one she stuck in her son Cecil's nappy before he
disappeared. Elated, she dashes to Boosey's tent to tell him and is the
second female in quick succession to faint in Boosey's arms. As this is
happening, Professor Tinkle creeps quietly into Lady Evelyn's tent and in
the dark, climbs into bed with the gorilla. Whilst Chumley is in Junes
tent and is determined to seduce the occupant of her bed, unaware that
Jungle Boy is under the covers instead.
Boosey has hit the bottle again, but the banging in his ears the following
morning were not hangover hammers but the drums of the dreaded man-eating
Nosha Tribe. The expedition therefore dig elephant pits to trap the
Noshas, but only trap themselves and wind up waiting for their place in
The Nosha witchdoctor, bewitched by a musical watch, is a about to free
them when Tinkle, carried away by the success of their bluff, calls upon
the great sky gods to send down a sign of blessing and approval. At that
moment Jungle Boy, who has bent a large sapling to catapult rocks in a bid
to rescue June, sends himself sailing and lands in the stewpot. While
sparks fly among the safari's ammunition boxes, the livid Nosha chief puts
them back on the menu. They are rescued by the statuesque women warriors
of the Lubidubi tribe who are wide-eyed with wonder at the sight of white
Lady Evelyn has to be a bearer while the coveted white men are
litter-carried to Afrodisia - land of the Lubidubis, in order to save
their strength for the work which lies ahead - mating. They go on to find
that they are the only males in the tribe of four hundred women with the
exception of their Chief - Tonka.
Tonka, King of Lovers, Master of Women and Father of Countless, enters to
be recognised by Lady Evelyn as Walter, her missing, henpecked husband.
Walter's sensual reign is rudely stopped and Lady Evelyn lands the jobs of
Boosey, Tinkle and Chumley are sent to the first of their daily marriage
ceremonies. Their brides prove a parody of what was promised - they face
four middle-aged, muscular Lubis chosen by Queen Evelyn.
Lady Evelyn, who is sabotaging the sex drive by choosing the worst looking
mating partners, loses her crown and new ceremonies with sexy Lubies are
fixed. Worse, Lady Evelyn's monopoly of Walter is ended and he joins the
other men for general duties.
Jungle Boy and June, hidden away their tree-top love nest have, amongst
other advances, improved Jungle Boy's English, but June is worried about
the safari. However her fears are unfounded, as Upsidasi has brought
rescuing soldiers. They creep into the camp and an escape plan is set,
which will take place during the following day's marriage ceremony.
However, for Boosey, Tinkle, Chumley and Walter things have improved.
After planning their escape with Upsidasi, they behold their new mates,
who are absolutely stunning. Needless to say, they soon forget the signal
they are supposed to give for their escape.
Jungle Boy watching from a tree top with June sees the soldiers ready to
attack, and mistaking them for the enemy, hollers for his elephants.
Firing starts, the Lubis scatter while Tinkle and Walter grab birds of a
different feather - Walter one of the Lubies and Tinkle the Oozulum bird.
To Jungle Boy's and June's delight the elephants squash the breath out of
the soldiers and in the melee Boosey, Tinkle, Chumley, Walter, Lady Evelyn
and Upsidasi make off. Evelyn makes Walter leave his lovely Lubi behind
and she squeezes Jungle Boy in a most maternal embrace while the Lubis
lead the captured soldiers triumphantly to their camp.
Back in London, Jungle Boy settles down in a wildly unconventional way
with June and in the lecture hall the audience waits breathlessly for the
first sight of the captive Oozulum bird. But the bird appears to have
OK, the main thing you'll notice on viewing this one is the fact that
it looks cheap - really cheap. Obviously the Carry On's budget couldn't
stretch to location filming in deepest Africa, so E Stage in Pinewood
made do. Stock footage is utilised throughout the film for shots of wild
animals and so forth. However, despite the obvious budget limitations (a
rare example of the series really overstretching itself) there is much to
enjoy with this romp around the jungle.
Firstly there's the title track. Eric Rogers' title track is surely the
most bonkers composition anyone ever wrote for the series. Even if the set
doesn't fully convey the feeling of being in the jungle,
the title score
with tribal chants, jungle drums, animal noises and the obligatory 'Oompah,
Oompah, stick it up your jumper' certainly will.
The film marks the second appearance by Frankie Howerd and the first film
since 1964's Carry On Cleo for Kenneth Connor. Here they're paired up as a
couple of ornithologists and they bounce off each other wonderfully.
cameo Charles Haw
OK it's hardly Greystoke. But
with a man running around in a dodgy gorilla suit causing trouble, who
During the planning of the
film, an initial idea was to call the film 'Carry On Tarzan', however this
proved to be impossible as the name Tarzan was the property of Edgar Rice
Burroughs Properties and thus remained under copyright. Indeed all through
shooting the film was known as 'Carry On Jungle Boy' and the name 'Carry
On Up The Jungle' was only finalised after shooting had wrapped.
Nina Baden-Semper, who plays a Nosha went on to star as Barbie Reynolds in
the much maligned 1970's sitcom 'Love Thy Neighbour'. Whilst gorilla
Reuben Martin makes his first of three appearances. He also appeared (as a
gorilla!) in the Carry on Laughing episode 'Lamp-Posts of the Empire' and
Carry On Emmannuelle.
Major recasting occurred prior to shooting. Jim Dale was dreadfully
unhappy about his offered role of Jungle Boy, mainly because the all the
role consisted of was grunts and groans, so declined. Meanwhile Kenneth
Williams was too busy with his BBC TV series 'The Kenneth Williams Show'
and was unable to commit to the role of Professor Tinkle.
Whilst the punning alternative title of 'The African Queens' was kept in
the film, the other titles of 'Don't Shoot 'til you See the Whites of
their Thighs' and 'The Lust Continent' were shelved.
Almost immediately after shooting had finished, the cameras started
rolling on the first Carry On Christmas television special. Barbara
Windsor, not in the film, but appearing in the special, trooped down to
Pinewood to appear in publicity pictures on the jungle set.
Click here to view.
Bernard Bresslaw went to extraordinary lengths to make his dialogue sound
authentic. Although initially written as gibberish, the orders that
Bernard gave the natives were translated into the native African dialect
Ndebele. However the actors playing the natives couldn't understand a
word, as they were from the West Indies.
A BBC film crew went behind the scenes to film a documentary entitled
'Carry On Forever'. This was broadcast the following year.