Carry On Emmannuelle

Carry On Emmannuelle is a 1978 British comedy film, the 30th release in the series of 31 Carry On films (1958–1992). Released in November 1978, this was the last Carry On film to be made until Carry On Columbus in 1992. The film was to be the final Carry On for many regulars, including Kenneth Williams (in his 26th Carry On), Kenneth Connor (in his 17th), Joan Sims (in her 24th) and Peter Butterworth (in his 16th). Jack Douglas is the only regular from this film to bridge the gap to Carry On Columbus. Beryl Reid, Henry McGee and Suzanne Danielle make their only appearances in the series here. The film featured a change in style, becoming more openly sexual and explicit. This was highlighted by the implied behaviour of Danielle's character, though she does not bare any more flesh than any other Carry On female lead. These changes brought the film closer to the then popular series of X-rated Confessions... comedies, or indeed the actual Emmanuelle films that it parodies. This film, as well as the original cut of Carry On England were the only films in the series to be certified AA by the British Board of Film Censors, which restricted audiences to those aged 14 and over.

Carry On Emmannuelle
Original UK quad poster
Directed byGerald Thomas
Produced byPeter Rogers
Written byLance Peters
StarringKenneth Williams
Suzanne Danielle
Kenneth Connor
Jack Douglas
Joan Sims
Peter Butterworth
Larry Dann
Beryl Reid
Music byEric Rogers
CinematographyAlan Hume
Edited byPeter Boita
Distributed byThe Rank Organisation
Release date
24 November 1978
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Emmannuelle Prévert (Suzanne Danielle) relieves the boredom of a flight on Concorde by seducing timid Theodore Valentine (Larry Dann). She returns home to London to surprise her husband, the French ambassador, Émile Prevert (Kenneth Williams) but first surprises the butler, Lyons (Jack Douglas). He removes her coat, only to find that she has left her dress on the aircraft. The chauffeur, Leyland (Kenneth Connor), housekeeper, Mrs Dangle (Joan Sims), and aged boot-boy, Richmond (Peter Butterworth), sense saucy times ahead… and they are right! Émile is dedicated to his bodybuilding, leaving a sexually frustrated Emmannuelle to find pleasure with everyone from the Lord Chief Justice (Llewellyn Rees) to chat show host, Harold Hump (Henry McGee). Theodore is spurned by Emmannuelle, who has genuinely forgotten their airborne encounter, and, despite reassurances from his mother (Beryl Reid), exacts revenge by revealing Emmannuelle's antics to the press. However, after a visit to her doctor (Albert Moses), she discovers that she is pregnant and decides to settle down to a faithful marriage with Émile… and dozens of children.



  • Screenplay – Lance Peters
  • Music – Eric Rogers
  • Song – Kenny Lynch
  • Performers – Masterplan
  • Director of Photography – Alan Hume
  • Editor – Peter Boita
  • Art Director – Jack Sampan
  • Production Manager – Roy Goddard
  • Camera Operator – Godfrey Godar
  • Make-up – Robin Grantham
  • Production Executive for Cleves – Donald Langdon
  • Assistant Director – Gregory Dark
  • Sound Recordists – Danny Daniel & Otto Snel
  • Continuity – Marjorie Lavelly
  • Wardrobe – Margaret Lewin
  • Stills Cameraman – Ken Bray
  • Hairdresser – Betty Sherriff
  • Costume Designer – Courtenay Elliott
  • Set Dresser – John Hoesli
  • Assistant Editor – Jack Gardner
  • Dubbing Editor – Peter Best
  • Titles & Opticals – GSE Ltd
  • Processor – Technicolor Ltd
  • Producer – Peter Rogers
  • Director – Gerald Thomas

Filming and locations

  • Filming dates – 10 April-15 May 1978



  • Wembley, London
  • Trafalgar Square, London
  • Oxford Street, London
  • London Zoo, London

Critical reception

Critical response was universally negative, even more so than Carry on England which preceded it, and Carry On Columbus which succeeded it 14 years later. Philip French said of it: "This relentless sequence of badly-written, badly-timed dirty jokes is surely one of the most morally and aesthetically offensive pictures to emerge from a British studio."[2] Christopher Tookey considered the film to be "embarrassingly feeble".[3]

Whilst many other Carry Ons have continued to be popular, opinions of Carry on Emmanuelle and its immediate predecessor and successor have not improved over the passing of time, and Carry On Emmanuelle is universally considered to be the worst film in the series. Tom Cole, writing in the Radio Times, found it "undignified" and "laugh-free", noting that the Lolita-esque performance of Suzanne Danielle was "unintentionally creepy".[4] And both Cole and Ian Freer, writing for Empire, laid the blame for the death of the series squarely at the film's door.[5]


  1. Angelini, Sergio (2003–14). "The Carry On Legacy". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  2. Hughes, Scott (26 April 2001). "The worst movie ever?". The Guardian.
  3. Tookey, Chris. "Carry On Emmanuelle". Movie Film Review. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018.
  4. Cole, Tom (11 August 2011). "Attack of the Killer Bs: Carry On Emmannuelle (1978)". Radio Times.
  5. Freer, Ian. "Carry On Emmannuelle Review". Empire.


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