Publicity

 


Story

WC Boggs (Kenneth Williams) is the troubled owner of a company which manufactures traditional lavatories.  Threatened by modern manufacturing techniques and changing markets, Boggs is under pressure from the industry and his own workers.  Militant unionists, led by Vic Spanner (Kenneth Cope), threaten production and walk out on strike at the slightest provocation - usually when there’s a match on. 

When the annual works’ outing to Brighton comes around, the workers flood back to the factory and a thoroughly good time is had by all.  But does this newfound goodwill mean the factory can stay open?  It does if the workers’ wives have anything to say about it. 

 

A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

1971
Colour

Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Music: Eric Rogers
Certificate A/PG
90 minutes

Sid Plummer -
Sid James
WC Boggs
Kenneth Williams
Charlie Coote -
Charles Hawtrey
Beattie Plummer -
Hattie Jacques
Chloe Moore -
Joan Sims
Bernie Hulke -
Bernard Bresslaw

Vic Spanner

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Kenneth Cope
Miss Withering -
Patsy Rowlands
Myrtle Plummer -
Jacki Piper
Lewis Boggs -
Richard O'Callaghan
Fred Moore -
Bill Maynard
Benny -
Davy Kaye
Agatha Spanner -
Renee Houston
Maud -
Marianne Stone
Popsy -
Margaret Nolan
Willie -
Geoffrey Hughes
Ernie -
Hugh Futcher
Pub Manager -
Bill Pertwee

 

 

"The Carry On team throw caution to the wind and present an hour and a half of good. clean lavatorial humour.

Kenneth Williams is W.C. Boggs, the troubled owner of a small company trying to manufacture fine toiletware.

Incompetent management and a bolshy union are just about the least of Bogg's problems as you'll soon discover in this hysterical comedy that tells you everything you always wanted to know about your home's most vital convenience."
 

Review

Carry On at your Convenience was derided and shunned by the public on release for its supposedly negative portrayal of trade unions but in recent years it has quite deservedly gained a reputation for epitomising all that is best about the Carry Ons.  And who am I to argue? I might as well get this out of the way early – Carry On at your Convenience is my favourite Carry On film. 

The gang’s all here and Talbot Rothwell’s script positively crackles with one liners.  There is a decent story to keep things moving along and some of the most rounded, sympathetic characters the Carry Ons have ever seen.  Come on, who didn’t shed a little tear at the goodnight scene between Sid and Joan?  But best of all there’s a right good booze up to really get us into the spirit of things.

Every single member of the team is at the top of their game in Carry On at your Convenience.  Supporting characters like Renee Houston light up the screen while established regulars push their comedy characters further than ever before.  The scene in the works’ canteen is breathlessly and relentlessly hilarious and it’s just one among so many classic moments.