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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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23 June 1961 (Ireland)  »

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Folytassa tekintet nélkül!  »

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[Dimple has mistakenly arrived at a strip club instead of an aviary]
Strip Club Manager: What do you want?
Gabriel Dimple: Your birds, and I can't wait. Tell me, what sort are they?
Strip Club Manager: What sort you like?
Gabriel Dimple: Blue tits.
Strip Club Manager: Eh?
Gabriel Dimple: Have you got any?
Strip Club Manager: No. No, this place is centrally heated.
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CARRY ON REGARDLESS (Gerald Thomas, 1961) **1/2
9 February 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

For their fifth venture, the usual "Carry On" suspects (Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey. Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims and Hattie Jacques) are joined by other irregular members (Fenella Fielding, Liz Fraser, Esma Cannon, Terence Longdon, Bill Owen, David Lodge and Norman Rossington) and some surprising cameos (Stanley Unwin, Jerry Desmonde, Kynaston Reeves, Howard Marion Crawford and Patrick Cargill) in a frequently hilarious but ultimately patchy and disjointed romp.

James' Bert Handy heads "Helping Hands", a well-meaning but hopelessly incompetent firm providing any services the customer may require: and, so it is that James is asked by an eccentric millionaire to take his place in the queue at a hospital's waiting room and is consequently mistaken for him and waited on by the matron (Jacques, naturally); Connor is in top form here: ostensibly hired as a babysitter, he finds himself acting as Fielding's lover to arouse her neglectful husband, being a librarian driven to hysterics when attempting to observe a public library's rule of silence, getting himself all wet when, completely misunderstanding a client's request, he engages in some Hitchcockian espionage aboard a train full of sinister passengers, getting engulfed by the "Bed of the Century" when attending an Ideal Home exhibition and, best of all perhaps, going "cold turkey" after his sixth attempt to stop smoking; Sims also has a memorable bit when she ends up drunk at a wine-tasting event and makes a shambles of the place to the chagrin of organizer Crawford; Hawtrey goes into the ring against a massive opponent when, acting as his second, he inadvertently injures the challenger!; Williams enjoys a tea party with a group of chimps at the zoo, etc.

The finale shows Cannon's infallible filing system going bonkers with each member of the group being sent out on the wrong assignment and, afterwards, the whole gang join forces in demolishing a dilapidated building…even if their original task was merely to clean it up a bit! In a notable appearance, celebrated comedian Stanley Unwin speaks his trademark nonsense language and drives the entire crew to distraction during his intermittent visits to their office…before multi-linguist Williams manages to explain that he is their landlord and is about to throw them out!

As one can make out, there are several funny bits in this film but it is also evident that its inherently episodic structure (which entails that some of the gang members are given precedence over others) fails to coalesce into a cohesive and completely satisfying whole.


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