Everything under control - no one sees through

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German title Everything under control - no one sees through
Original title Carry On… Up the Khyber, or the British Position in India
Country of production Great Britain
original language English
Publishing year 1968
length approx. 86 minutes
Director Gerald Thomas
script Talbot Rothwell
production Peter Rogers
music Eric Rogers
camera HAR Thompson
Ernest Steward
cut Alfred Roome

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Everything under control - no one looks through it is the 16th film from the carry-on film series .


British India , 1895: Whoever rules the Hindu Kush rules the routes between Central Asia and India. Near the Khyber Pass as the border of the territories occupied by British troops stand the most powerful Raja in northern India, the Khasi of Kalabar and the British governor of the north-western frontier province , Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond, whose wife Lady Ruff-Diamond takes a liking to the Khasi , across from. The governor has the 3rd highland infantry regiment available as troops.

Due to the military situation, both are forced to adhere to the status quo. The Indians do have a numerical superiority; but there is a rumor that the British are invincible because they don’t wear anything under their kilts . This also corresponds to the tradition of the regiment, only underpants are allowed for church visits and sporting events with women present. The British soldiers are therefore also known as the devils in skirts .

When Prince Bungdit Din wants to cross the Khyber Pass into British colonial territory with a companion, Private James Widdle is guarding it. A violent breakthrough appears to both of them to be too dangerous due to the soldiers' reputation. A Brit, as a typical souvenir hunter, will probably be bribed with a beautifully crafted sword. However, while demonstrating the gift in practice, Widdle fainted. Bungdit Din realizes that he has the unique opportunity to verify the veracity of the rumor. He discovers the underpants of the private and steals them as evidence.

As Widdle and his immediate superior Sergeant Major Macnutt report on the incident , the regiment officers and Sir Ruff-Diamond realize the dangers if the devils in skirts are no longer considered invincible. An immediate rebuttal visit to the Khasi makes matters worse, however, as both of the governor's companions, Captain Keene and Sgt. Major Macnutt, are also wearing underpants.

Upon his return, Sir Ruff-Diamond orders an appeal from the entire regiment to establish their awareness of tradition. Lady Ruff-Diamond succeeds in taking a hidden photo, which clearly shows that practically all soldiers are wearing underpants. She brings this photo to the Khasi and is ready to hand it over to him in return for certain favors. But first both of them set off to the palace of Bungdit Din north of the Khyber Pass, where the Khasi still live there and want to win free tribes to support the British. In response to the appeal, the governor ordered that in future every soldier wearing underpants should face a court martial.

From the daughter of Khasi, Princess Jehli, who meanwhile has become Capt. Keene fell in love, the British learn of the danger posed by the photo. The captain agrees to enter the enemy territory covertly to retrieve the photo and Lady Ruff-Diamond. Together with Macnutt, Widdle and the missionary Brother Belcher as guides, they set off, but after a short time they are captured and thrown into dungeon. In the evening they are to be executed. In order to finally get hold of the photo, the Khasi also wants to have Lady Ruff-Diamond executed. With the help of Princess Jehli, they all manage to escape, but lose the photo as evidence.

Through the photo, the Khasi succeeds in convincing the tribal leaders. When the refugees reach the Khyber Pass, they already see the first consequences. The unit there was destroyed by a small group under Bungdit Din, who reached the pass faster due to better local knowledge. All they have to do is try to escape to the governor's residence. Macnutt and Widdle, who stayed at the pass to stop the main army of the Khasi, cannot do anything as all weapons have been sabotaged. They too try to get to the residence and reach it just seconds before the Khasi’s troops.

Macnutt is to organize the defense on behalf of the governor, while the latter invites his wife, the princess, brother Belcher and the officers to a dinner with chamber music. During the meal, all those present, with the exception of Brother Belcher, who was becoming more and more panicked, ignored everything that was going on around them and made termites responsible for building damage rather than cannon fire.

Only after the attackers have succeeded in blowing up the gate to the residence do the governor and the officers go into the courtyard, where the close combat is now raging. There they can quickly see that their situation is actually hopeless. Sir Ruff-Diamond then has the fighting interrupted, his soldiers line up and their kilts raised to shoulder height. The following sight causes the horrified troops of the Khasi to flee in panic.


The film is a broad-based parody of Rudyard Kipling's stories about the heroic adventurers in the more distant outskirts of the British Empire, here in India. The script parodies British manners and attitudes, especially in the final sequences where the British are having their dinner while the governor's house is being shot at with cannons. However, the British refuse - even among themselves - to admit what is going on. This is an allegory of the gradual erosion of the British Empire, which was nearing its zenith by the time the movie's plot falls. At the time of the film's production, the British Empire lost many colonies because they were given independence.

In Great Britain , this part of the series is considered the best ever - in a poll by the British Film Institute , the film was even voted 99th of the best 100 films of the century. Nevertheless, this was the last part of the series that was ever shown in Germany, it had its German premiere on July 15, 1995 on Super RTL . However, the film was not a great success.

The final scene is considered to be the most successful single sequence in the series.

Princess Margaret visited the set while filming. When she was shown a small, already finished part of the film, where Sid James in his role as Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond began a letter to Queen Victoria with the words Dear Vicky ... , the princess is said to have been furious.


  • Khasi von Kalabar: Oh my child, just imagine, in the middle of the turmoil of war you are standing in front of such a man and his large checkered coat is then carried up by the wind and he points his big, hideous bayonet at you.



DVD release

  • Everything under control - no one sees through. From the is-yes-crazy team. MMP / AmCo 2006


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Everything under control - nobody sees through. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used