Carry On Cleo (1964) **

Now we’re getting there: more movie parody, but one in which the actors are free to essentially be themselves. So the joke is not Kenneth Williams playing Julius Caesar, but rather Julius Caesar being reinvented as a Kenneth Williams character. The difference is less subtle than it sounds, and it’s why this film is so much more satisfying than Carry On Cowboy. Plus, the innuendoes are starting to appear, and Amanda Barrie is wonderful as a Sloaney Cleopatra. “I have a poisonous asp,” she tells Sid’s Mark Anthony. “I wouldn’t say that,” he hurries to reassure her.