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Carry on Regardless (1961)

 -  Comedy  -  23 June 1961 (Ireland)
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The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs! Even the simplest of tasks get bungled by the incompetent but lovable staff, as they get given ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ...
Bert Handy
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Sam Twist
Charles Hawtrey ...
Gabriel Dimple
Joan Sims ...
Lily Duveen
Kenneth Williams ...
Francis Courtenay
Bill Owen ...
Mike Weston
Liz Fraser ...
Terence Longdon ...
Montgomery Infield-Hopping
Hattie Jacques ...
Sister
Esma Cannon ...
Miss Cooling
Sydney Tafler ...
Strip Club Manager
Julia Arnall ...
Trudy Trelawney
Terence Alexander ...
Trevor Trelawney
Stanley Unwin ...
Landlord
Joan Hickson ...
Matron
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The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs! Even the simplest of tasks get bungled by the incompetent but lovable staff, as they get given jobs ranging from taking animals for walks (no ordinary animals you understand) to demonstrating new products at a large and prestigious exhibition... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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The role played by Terence Longdon was originally intended for Leslie Phillips. However Phillips, complaining of typecasting, withdrew, and the part was drastically cut, before being recast. See more »

Quotes

Sam Twist: Bet you this has something to do with atomic energy.
Miss Cooling: Oh gracious! I do hope you don't finish up in Russia!
Sam Twist: Well if I do, Miss Cooling, I shall behave myself as an ex Corporal of the Pioneer Corps should. Name, rank, number and keep your hand off my shovel, and that's your lot.
Miss Cooling: Don't go! Think of brainwashing.
Sam Twist: [chuckles] How can they wash what isn't there?
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The total lack of plot still allows the film to become an enjoyable and amusing collection of sketches
28 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With work sparse in England, the labour exchanges have become almost a social club with so many men hanging around without joy. It is in this environment that Bert Handy spots an opening for a firm carrying out any odd-jobs on request and thus the "Helping Hands Agency" is born. Recruiting a gang of odds and sods, Bert quickly finds that there are all manner of jobs out there to be done that don't fit anywhere. However can his men all cope with the sheer range of jobs thrown at them? About 10 minutes into this film I started to realise that this had no plot. At regular intervals from then on this view was reinforced as the film just became a series of sketches using the odd-job company as a frame for setting each one up. This sounds like a criticism because it is but surprisingly it was not a real problem because the sketches are mostly pretty funny and the amusement they make up for the total lack of any actual narrative drive. The sketches mostly stand alone but are not that contrived or forced – only the mixed up jobs part is a little forced; the wine tasting, the translated argument, the home improvement show and others are all consistently amusing even if none of them had me rolling in the aisles.

The cast all take to the sketch format with their comedy background. James has the least role since he has to act as the glue holding the funny bits together but he does get some laughs and he is rarely less than interesting and amusing. Connor, Williams and Hawtrey all do the characters they had done in the previous four films – all of them are funny and they do well in their various sketches. Owen joins the male cast in a minor role while Sims and Fraser are stuck with "pretty young girl" roles which minimise their comic impact a little bit. Support from Jacques, Hickson, Cannon, Alexander and others is good and they make the film feel fuller than it would have done with only the main roles filled with well known faces.

Overall on the surface of things this is a plot less mess that has no rhyme or reason to it; however it does set up a series of sketches that are mostly pretty amusing. It won't be remember as fondly as the later Carry On films that produced laughs with a fuller plot and costumes but it is still an enjoyable film that shows how good the group were as comics. Not quite what you think of when you think Carry On but an entertaining collection of sketches nonetheless.


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