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Carry on Regardless (1961)

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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Bert Handy
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Gabriel Dimple
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Lily Duveen
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Francis Courtenay
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Mike Weston
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Montgomery Infield-Hopping
Hattie Jacques ...
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Esma Cannon ...
Miss Cooling
Sydney Tafler ...
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Terence Alexander ...
Trevor Trelawney
Stanley Unwin ...
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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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According to the book Carry on Actors by A Ross, comments by Fraser Kerr reveal he was first offered another role. See more »

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Lily Duveen: You know it'll take ninety-nine years to clear up this dump.
Bert Handy: Yeah, well, step by step. That's the method. Little by little.
Sam Twist: Okay then, boss, where do we start?
Bert Handy: Well, I reckon to make it easier for us to walk about, we ought to sweep the floor first.
Delia King: I don't wish to interfere, but I'd have thought it'd be better to start cleaning at the top of the house.
Lily Duveen: Yes, quite right, I mean disturbed dust will only fall down and muck up what we've already cleaned up.
Francis Courtenay: Ladies and gentlemen, may I submit, with...
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Carry On Without A Plot.
31 January 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

The fifth movie in the popular Carry On series, Regardless opens in an employment office where many of the Carry On regulars are seeking work. When someone spots an advertisement in the local newspaper for a vacancy at The Helping Hands agency, there is a stampede to the office, where boss Bert Handy (Sid James) gives all of the hopefuls jobs, sending each member of staff on an assignment with disastrous results.

With a virtually non-existent plot, the film being little more than an episodic series of comedy sketches tenuously linked by the Helping Hands agency, this is one of the least engaging of the Carry On capers. As wonderful as the performers all are, there is little they can do with the lacklustre material, and there are precious few genuine laughs to be had as each character goes about their appointed task. The not-so-hilarious escapades include snobbish Francis Courtenay (Kenneth Williams) taking a chimp for a walk, neurotic chain-smoker Sam Twist (Kenneth Connor) believing that he is involved in espionage, and lovable Lily Duveen (Joan Sims) getting tipsy at a wine tasting event.

On the plus side, there's no shortage of crumpet on show to elicit a few 'Phwoar's from male viewers: voluptuous blonde Delia King (Liz Fraser) models lingerie for a husband who is trying to buy a present for his wife, busty brunette housewife Penny Panting (Fenella Fielding) tries to make her husband jealous by dressing sexily and canoodling with Sam, lucky boss Bert gets to examine a line-up of young nurses stripped to their underwear (which, this being the 1960s, involves sexy stockings and suspenders), and Sims' fans get to see Lily in the bath (although copious bubbles preserve her dignity).

I rate Carry On Regardless a disappointing 5/10, but deduct one point for Stanley Unwin, whose dreadful gobbledygook routine soon becomes extremely tiresome (he appears in the film numerous times as a potential client who cannot explain his requirements because no one can understand him).


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