From an original idea by William Shakespere. Hengist invents the square wheel while Horsa fights Romans, Ceaser ignores the Ides of March while Mark Anthony takes liberties with Cloepatra, and Seneca is a sage who knows his onions.[1]


While Cleopatra (Amanda Barrie) luxuriates in a bath of asses' milk, thousands of miles away in dreay England, the long suffering Hengist Pod (Kenneth Connor) is soaking up some home truths from a right mare - his wife Senna Pod (Shelia Hancock). The henpecked Hengist is trying to invent the wheel, but it seems the only thing he's driving round the bend is his other half!

The domestic bickering only stops when Senna spots Hengist chatting to their newly arrivied neighbour, Horsa (Jim Dale) from the cave next door. He's Dishy, dashing, and a touch more sophisticated than your average troglodyte, but the English householders haven't 'Dun Roamin' just yet - the fearsome Roman Army is about to descend on the British settlement!

The Roman troops rampaging through the country are headed by Mark Anthony (Sid James), a lascivious ladies' man with a wide smile and a broad sword! The fur clad cavemen are no match for the Romans, but the fearless Horsa is determined to put up a fight. He's already had his cave woman snatched by the legions - and he's adamant Caeser won't seize him![2]

Behind the ScenesEdit

For Victor Maddern, appearing in his fourth Carry On film, the interior scenery was familiar. 'I'd just been in a play in London called "Caligula", the actor explained. 'At the end of the production, I asked the producer what happened to sets like the one we were using, which had been built for the play at a huge cost of £40,o000. Sold £150, that's all we could get, he said. I offered £155. I no sooner got the lot then I heard that a film called Carry On Cleo was being made soon. I loaned the set out for £800!'[2]

Producer's NoteEdit

Carry On Cleo was involved in a court case over the copyright of the painting of the original 20th Century Fox poster featuring Elizabeth Taylor. The Carry on poster naturally lampooned the famous original, with Charles Hawtrey hiding under Cleopatra's bed and suchlike.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hibbin 1988 p 92
  2. 2.0 2.1 Classic Carry On Film Collection Issue 15