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.