"Carry On" producer Peter Rogers dies

Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:00pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Film producer Peter Rogers, who was behind the hit British "Carry On" comedy films, has died aged 95, Pinewood Studios announced on Wednesday.

Rogers died at his home in Buckinghamshire, southern England, on Tuesday following a short illness, according to British media.

"We were saddened to learn of Peter Rogers' passing," Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive at Pinewood Shepperton, said in a statement.

"Peter was an institution at the studios. As a prolific film producer, he worked at Pinewood Studios since the 1960s.

"The 'Carry On' films, for which he was most well known ... were enjoyed by millions internationally and will always remain a part of modern British culture."

The 31-strong "Carry On" franchise, popular for its innuendos and slapstick humor, began with "Carry On Sergeant" in 1958 and went on to feature nurses, doctors, teachers, spies, cowboys and even Henry VIII and Cleopatra.

It starred the likes of Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Barbara Windsor and Leslie Phillips.

According to Phillips, there were arguments between Rogers and the "Carry On" actors over how much they were paid.

"We all argued about the money he paid us, but I am in a fortunate position and I could move on," Phillips was quoted as saying by the Telegraph newspaper.   Continued...