Carry On Cleo

Directed by Gerald Thomas
Written by Talbot Rothwell
Comedy/UK/color/1964/92 min/PG

Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar
Sid James as Mark Anthony
Kenneth Connor as Hengist Pod
Wanda Ventham as Bidder

Plot Summary

"Infamy, infamy - they've all got it in for me!"   Kenneth Williams' Julius Caesar is having a bad day in the funniest toga party of all time - a historical and hysterical take on the life and loves of the Queen of the Nile.  Follow the amorous adventures of Sidney James' Mark Anthony as he clinches with the gorgeous Amanda Barrie's sultry Cleopatra, in by far the most lavish looking of all the Carry On films.  With a brilliant Carry On cast including Jim Dale, Jon Pertwee, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor as Hengist Pod, inventor of the square wheel!"

-- taken from this page


Part of the British "Carry On..." series of comedy films dating from the 1950s through the peak in the 60s and into the 70s. These films are regarded as a British institution, although a lot of the humour is often very sexist and 'un-pc'. It's a kind of a 'sex comedy' with a PG certificate (that is, the women are usually very sexy and beautiful and the jokes are a bit rude/double entendres). In 'Cleo', loosely based on the story of 'Cleopatra', Wanda has a minor role and in this scene she plays a noblewoman bidding for a male slave at an auction.



Comments & images by Keith McLaren.