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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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Can you stand the laughs? Do you cry real tears at comedy? Do your sides ache when you laugh too hard? [USA one sheet] See more »

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Folytassa tekintet nélkül!  »

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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

[Lily is being fondled by an amorous actor whose hands are all over her]
Martin Paul: I *like* Helping Hands.
Lily Duveen: [primly] And I don't like "helping yourself" hands.
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Follows Carry on Sergeant (1958) See more »

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Definitely one of the best Carry Ons
26 February 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film is definitely in the top three of Carry On films.

Alongside the early line-up of usual players - Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor and Sid James - this film is notable for its host of cameo roles by other comedy greats. Some, such as Hattie Jacques and Fenella Fielding, had greater prominence in other Carry On films. Some, such as Betty Marsden, became famous elsewhere in comedy. Further familiar faces in cameo roles here include Molly Weir, Terence Alexander, Joan Hickson and Nicholas Parsons.

The five main actors listed above are ably assisted by Liz Frazer, Bill Owen, Esma Cannon, Terence Longdon and Stanley Unwin, all united around an agency that aims to help customers in whatever way they can. Hence the great range of cameo roles available.

Joan Sims performs one of her greatest drunk roles; Kenneth Connor does his best tongue-tied shy man, both in the company of temptress Fenella Fielding and when he's attempting to give up smoking; Charles Hawtrey wins a boxing match; and Kenneth Williams gets to walk a very unusual pet.

The humour in this film is far superior to the sex and toilet jokes that later filled (and possibly destroyed) this great series of films. This is a film that the family can watch time and time again.


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