Publicity

 


Story

Jobs are scarce, but local entrepreneur Bert Handy (Sid James) has hit upon the perfect business idea - an agency where no job is too big or small.  The Helping Hands Agency is born and as word spreads soon he is inundated with an influx of new recruits from the local labour exchange, including one of their clerks!

Sam Twist (Kenneth Connor), Gabriel Dimple (Charles Hawtrey), Francis Courtenay (Kenneth Williams), Lily Duveen (Joan Sims), Delia King (Liz Fraser), Mike Weston (Bill Owen) and Montgomery Infield-Hopping (Terence Longdon) find themselves taking on a bewildering series of increasingly odd jobs.  A chimpanzee is taken for walkies; there’s  a disastrous visit to an Ideal Home Exhibition and a boxing match with an entirely unexpected result.  Then there is the mysterious stranger (Stanley Unwin) who has an important message for Bert and the gang, if only they could understand a word he says.

 

A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

1961
Black & White

Screenplay: Norman Hudis
Music: Bruce Montgomery
Certificate U
90 minutes

Bert Handy - Sid James
Sam Twist Kenneth Connor
Gabriel Dimple - Charles Hawtrey
Lily Duveen - Joan Sims
Francis Courtney - Kenneth Williams
Mike Weston - Bill Owen
Delia King - Liz Fraser
Montgomery Infield-Hopping - Terence Longden
Penny Panting - Fenella Fielding
Miss Cooling - Esma Cannon
Sister - Hattie Jacques
Landlord - Stanley Unwin
Mrs Riley - Eleanor Summerfield
Mr Painting - Ed Devereaux
Park Keeper - Cyril Chamberlain
Matron - Joan Hickson
Trevor Trelawney - Terence Alexander
Referee - Norman Rossington
Manager - Sydney Taffler
Martin Paul - Jerry Desmonde
Wine Wolf - Nicholas Parsons
Customer - Patrick Cargill
Mata Hari - Betty Marsden
Bird Woman - Molly Weir
Sinister Man - Eric Pohlmann
Wine Organiser - Howard Marion Crawford
Bus Conductor - Tony Sagar
Conoisseur - David Lodge
Massive Mickey McGee - Tom Clegg
Lefty - Freddie Mills

 

 

"It's non-stop romps as the Carry On team deliver the goods in one of the rudest and funniest of the Carry On films.  The cast are all on top form as a bunch of no-hopers who join an agency in the search for a job.  The anarchy mounts as they do a series of odd jobs, including a chimps' tea party, trying to stay sober at a wine-tasting and demolishing a house.  The Carry On regulars, including Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Connor are joined by the buxom Fenella Fielding, Patrick Cargill and Nicholas Parsons."
 

Review

The disconnectedness of Carry On Regardless means there’s not really much to care about in the film. We would like to think Kenneth Connor’s character succeeds in kicking the fags but he probably won’t and, if we are honest, we’re not all that borthered.  But that same disconnectedness means we do get to see Joan Sims getting drunk at a party and Charles Hawtrey in the boxing ring.  There are some great routines, some lovely lines and a lot of laughs even if the film is really little more than a cabaret. The sketch format gives the Carry On team a chance to showcase what they can really do in terms of raising a laugh and they do it brilliantly. 

The Ideal Home exhibition is a triumph of timing, delivery and sheer idiocy as the entire team manage to destroy every exhibit, all the while screaming with an infectious laughter that’s impossible to resist. I honestly could quite happily listen to Joan Sims shrieking with laughter all day.  So while Regardless is thin on story, it does give way to plenty of gags we wouldn’t ordinarily get to see.  The Helping Hands agency is an excuse to do any kind of Carry On Norman Hudis and the team could think up and not have to worry about little details like plot.  

Carry On Regardless is a greatest hits of the Carry On series to date where everyone gets to show what they’re best at. And at their best the Carry Ons are untouchable.