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Release Date:
7 April 1961 (UK) See more »
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 »
The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs! Even the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sidney James ... Bert Handy

Kenneth Connor ... Sam Twist
Charles Hawtrey ... Gabriel Dimple
Joan Sims ... Lily Duveen
Kenneth Williams ... Francis Courtenay
Bill Owen ... Mike Weston
Liz Fraser ... Delia King
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 ... Head Matron
Betty Marsden ... Mata Hari
Fenella Fielding ... Penny Panting
David Lodge ... Wine Connoisseur
Jerry Desmonde ... Martin Paul (as Jerry Desmond)
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Yoki's Owner
Nicholas Parsons ... Wolf
Cyril Chamberlain ... Policeman
Cyril Raymond ... Army Officer

Eric Pohlmann ... Sinister Man
June Jago ... Nurse
Michael Ward ... Photographer
Douglas Ives ... Fanatic Patient
Judith Furse ... Girl Guide Leader
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Wine-Tasting Organiser (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Eric Boon ... Young Man
Tom Clegg ... Massive Mickey McGee
Fraser Kerr ... The Landlord
David Williams ... Policeman
Jack Taylor ... MC / Policeman
Freddie Mills ... Lefty
Joe Robinson ... Dynamite Dan

Norman Rossington ... Referee
Anthony Sagar ... Bus Conductor (as Tony Sagar)
David Stoll ... Distraught Manager
Ian Curry ... Leonard Beamish
Kynaston Reeves ... Sir Theodore
Bernard Hunter ... Wine Waiter
Jimmy Thompson ... Mr. Delling
Molly Weir ... Bird Woman
Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Patrick Cargill ... Raffish Customer

Carole Shelley ... Helen Delling
Ed Devereaux ... Mr. Panting
Victor Maddern ... First Sinister Passenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne Ball ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sylvia Bidmead ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Cabot ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
Jane Cavendish ... Nurse (uncredited)
Carl Conway ... Man in Health Club (uncredited)
Helen Frayling ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sally Geeson ... Girl at Toy Exhibition (uncredited)
Arthur Gomez ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
Lucy Griffiths ... Auntie (uncredited)
Tony Hankey ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
Charles Julian ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
James Lomas ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
John Moore ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
Maureen Moore ... Pretty Probationer (uncredited)
Michael Nightingale ... Wine Bystander (uncredited)
George Rigby ... Old Man in Ruby Room (uncredited)
Nancy Roberts ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Sherry Ann Scott ... Nurse (uncredited)
Penelope Service ... Nurse (uncredited)
Denis Shaw ... Second Sinister Passenger (uncredited)
George Street ... Philosophers Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Ian Whittaker ... Shop Assistant (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Advertising Man (uncredited)
Madame Yang ... Chinese Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald Thomas 
Ralph Thomas (uncredited)
Writing credits
Norman Hudis (screenplay)

Produced by
Basil Keys .... associate producer
Peter Rogers .... producer
Original Music by
Bruce Montgomery 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Casting by
Betty White 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Biddy Chrystal .... hairdressing
Production Management
Claude Watson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert T. MacPhee .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Arthur Ridout .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Music Department
Bruce Montgomery .... music director
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts)

Did You Know?

The first Carry On of Michael Nightingale.See more »
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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References The 39 Steps (1935)See more »


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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
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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