It’s very hard, though not imposssible, to talk about films from a UK perspective and not mention the Carry On… series. Depending on how you count them, there are about thirty films, the first black and white then moving to colour, finishing in 1992.
The first was 1958, with “Carry On Sergeant”. This starred Kenneth Connor, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey and Bob Monkhouse, with William Hartnell playing the sergeant in question.
This film was barely thirteen years after the war, and National Service was still a thing. The plot concerns a group of new recruits who are incompetent and fail at everything, until they learn that their sergeant is retiring and so come together at the end, for their sarge, because they love him so much.
Next was “Carry On Nurse” (hospitals and doctors were always popular), then “Carry On Teacher” (1959).
This starred Kenneth Connor, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims, and is about a school where the teachers struggle to control their naughty children. It turns out that the children know their headmaster (Ted Ray) is to leave so they behave badly so he cannot leave, because they love him so much.
By now, a core of Carry On actors was being established. Joining later would be Jim Dale, Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth and others. Stars came and went.
There was a big gap, fourteen years, between the penultimate “Carry On Emmannuelle” and “Carry On Columbus”. By this time, few of the big names were alive or willing to work any more for such low pay.