As a young man Rothwell tried a variety of jobs. He was a town clerk, a police officer, and then a Royal Air Force pilot.
His career as a pilot ended when his plane was shot down over Norway in World War 2, and he was imprisoned in The Great Escape prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft Three. It was there that Rothwell started to write scripts for plays, partly as a means of passing the time, partly to keep up morale, and partly to disguise the sound of tunnelling.
After the war he carried on writing, most famously for the Carry On films. Carry On Cleo was made in 1964 using the costumes and sets originally intended for the Taylor and Burton Cleopatra before that production moved to Rome.
Carry On Cleo may not be the most sophisticated example cinematic art, but there's one line that has given joy ever since it was first uttered by Kenneth Williams playing Caesar.
Here it is. I think it's one of the finest puns ever perpetrated upon an unsuspecting audience.
Word To Use Today: infamy. This word comes from the Latin word infāmis, which means of evil repute.