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  • Richard Burton as Marc Antony wearing gold and teal armor layered with leopard fur in the 1963 film "Cleopatra."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    Cleopatra

    1963

    Costume seen on Richard Burton as Mark Antony

  • Sidney James as Marc Antony wearing gold and teal armor layered with leopard fur in the 1964 film "Carry on Cleo."
    • Peter Rogers Productions
    • Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors

    Carry on Cleo

    1964

    Costume seen on Sidney James as Mark Antony

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About the Costume

The Carry On series of films’ low budgets is well documented, and their use of local filming locations around Pinewood Studios, as well as sets and costumes that were available at Pinewood is also fairly well known.  It is said that some of the costumes from the 1964 production Carry on Cleo were borrowed from the 1963 Cleopatra.

This fantastic gold and teal armor with leopard fur underneath is a great example of costume reuse. On first glance it would appear that it was first worn by Richard Burton in character as Mark Antony and then worn the next year by Sidney James  – also playing Mark Antony. However, close inspection of the costume reveals some differences in the decoration of the armor.  One could easily assume that changes were made between the two productions to give the costume a different look – as this is certainly something that happens often.  But, when Burton’s original costume came up for auction clearly still in tact, it was clear that these two costumes were not the same…or at least, not the exact same costume.

That being said, they are still very clearly based on the same costume, and it’s not unlikely that Sid wore one of Burton’s costumes (of which there would have been multiples), or at the very least, the costume worn by Burton’s stunt double or a stand in. While they aren’t the exact same costume, they are so close in design that it’s safe to say that they originated from the same production.

 

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About the Costume

The Carry On series of films’ low budgets is well documented, and their use of local filming locations around Pinewood Studios, as well as sets and costumes that were available at Pinewood is also fairly well known.  It is said that some of the costumes from the 1964 production Carry on Cleo were borrowed from the 1963 Cleopatra.

This fantastic gold and teal armor with leopard fur underneath is a great example of costume reuse. On first glance it would appear that it was first worn by Richard Burton in character as Mark Antony and then worn the next year by Sidney James  – also playing Mark Antony. However, close inspection of the costume reveals some differences in the decoration of the armor.  One could easily assume that changes were made between the two productions to give the costume a different look – as this is certainly something that happens often.  But, when Burton’s original costume came up for auction clearly still in tact, it was clear that these two costumes were not the same…or at least, not the exact same costume.

That being said, they are still very clearly based on the same costume, and it’s not unlikely that Sid wore one of Burton’s costumes (of which there would have been multiples), or at the very least, the costume worn by Burton’s stunt double or a stand in. While they aren’t the exact same costume, they are so close in design that it’s safe to say that they originated from the same production.

 

The Carry On series of films’ low budgets is well documented, and their use of local filming locations around Pinewood Studios, as well as sets and costumes that were available at Pinewood is also fairly well known.  It is said that some of the costumes from the 1964 production Carry on Cleo were borrowed from the 1963 Cleopatra.

This fantastic gold and teal armor with leopard fur underneath is a great example of costume reuse. On first glance it would appear that it was first worn by Richard Burton in character as Mark Antony and then worn the next year by Sidney James  – also playing Mark Antony. However, close inspection of the costume reveals some differences in the decoration of the armor.  One could easily assume that changes were made between the two productions to give the costume a different look – as this is certainly something that happens often.  But, when Burton’s original costume came up for auction clearly still in tact, it was clear that these two costumes were not the same…or at least, not the exact same costume.

That being said, they are still very clearly based on the same costume, and it’s not unlikely that Sid wore one of Burton’s costumes (of which there would have been multiples), or at the very least, the costume worn by Burton’s stunt double or a stand in. While they aren’t the exact same costume, they are so close in design that it’s safe to say that they originated from the same production.

 

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  • Vittorio Nino Novarese

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  1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/170d63c319b69021927bfeb9eabea74702c9fd3cf4af41e93492279848a937e3.jpg

    This is not the same costume – the details are different. The Carry On one must have been made to mimic Burton’s. For example, the gold embellishments vary, the girdle has a convex rather than a concave upper curve (not visible in this photo), the leopard tunic has a different spot pattern and Sid’s version has a cut down from the neckline at the front. This photo shows both costumes in more detail making the differences more obvious.

  2. I love this site. Anyway, it wasn’t just costumes from Cleopatra that were reused in Carry on Cleo – Huge pieces of set that were built in England for filming Cleopatra were reused on the Carry On film too. Which is probably why Carry On Cleo looks the most lavish of all the Carry On movies – they were just recycling.

  3. I’d love to hear why you do not feel it is the same costume. Could you please note a detail that is not the same that could not possibly have been adapted by a costume designer? We have confirmation that Burton gave his clothes to Sid James to wear in Carry on Cleo from Cleopatra, just as he did with Anne of the Thousand Days and Carry On Henry. We also have this link which shows some of the costumes were used by both Sid and Richard when their costumes went up for auction at Bonhams. http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=3435478&iSaleNo=15337&iSaleSectionNo=1

    I assure you, it’s the same costume.

  4. Oh, wow! Thanks for letting me know! Funnily enough,last weejThe Guardian, both online and in print, did a quick write up on this very same costume!

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Costume Commentary

  1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/170d63c319b69021927bfeb9eabea74702c9fd3cf4af41e93492279848a937e3.jpg

    This is not the same costume – the details are different. The Carry On one must have been made to mimic Burton’s. For example, the gold embellishments vary, the girdle has a convex rather than a concave upper curve (not visible in this photo), the leopard tunic has a different spot pattern and Sid’s version has a cut down from the neckline at the front. This photo shows both costumes in more detail making the differences more obvious.

  2. I love this site. Anyway, it wasn’t just costumes from Cleopatra that were reused in Carry on Cleo – Huge pieces of set that were built in England for filming Cleopatra were reused on the Carry On film too. Which is probably why Carry On Cleo looks the most lavish of all the Carry On movies – they were just recycling.

  3. I’d love to hear why you do not feel it is the same costume. Could you please note a detail that is not the same that could not possibly have been adapted by a costume designer? We have confirmation that Burton gave his clothes to Sid James to wear in Carry on Cleo from Cleopatra, just as he did with Anne of the Thousand Days and Carry On Henry. We also have this link which shows some of the costumes were used by both Sid and Richard when their costumes went up for auction at Bonhams. http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=3435478&iSaleNo=15337&iSaleSectionNo=1

    I assure you, it’s the same costume.

  4. Oh, wow! Thanks for letting me know! Funnily enough,last weejThe Guardian, both online and in print, did a quick write up on this very same costume!

Comment

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  1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/170d63c319b69021927bfeb9eabea74702c9fd3cf4af41e93492279848a937e3.jpg

    This is not the same costume – the details are different. The Carry On one must have been made to mimic Burton’s. For example, the gold embellishments vary, the girdle has a convex rather than a concave upper curve (not visible in this photo), the leopard tunic has a different spot pattern and Sid’s version has a cut down from the neckline at the front. This photo shows both costumes in more detail making the differences more obvious.

  2. I love this site. Anyway, it wasn’t just costumes from Cleopatra that were reused in Carry on Cleo – Huge pieces of set that were built in England for filming Cleopatra were reused on the Carry On film too. Which is probably why Carry On Cleo looks the most lavish of all the Carry On movies – they were just recycling.

  3. I’d love to hear why you do not feel it is the same costume. Could you please note a detail that is not the same that could not possibly have been adapted by a costume designer? We have confirmation that Burton gave his clothes to Sid James to wear in Carry on Cleo from Cleopatra, just as he did with Anne of the Thousand Days and Carry On Henry. We also have this link which shows some of the costumes were used by both Sid and Richard when their costumes went up for auction at Bonhams. http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=3435478&iSaleNo=15337&iSaleSectionNo=1

    I assure you, it’s the same costume.

  4. Oh, wow! Thanks for letting me know! Funnily enough,last weejThe Guardian, both online and in print, did a quick write up on this very same costume!

Comment