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
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
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.