The Carry On formula was simple and if sophistication was notable by its absence, the result was consistent – popular entertainment with characters stars like Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Charles Hawtrey.
Here screenwriter Norman Hudis delivered a high quota of low laughs in the episodic adventures of the enjoyably caricatured staff of Sidney James’ “Helping Hands” agency which supplied staff for a variety of outside jobs whose employees included Carry On regulars Williams, Connor, Hawtrey and Sims, along with Liz Fraser and Bill Owen. But the jobs that the agency attracts ranges from the bizarre to the curious with even the simplest task proving too much for the willing staff of “Helping Hands”.
A prime early example of the genre, Carry On Regardless, also features a splendid gallery of familiar faces such as Esma Cannon, Terence Alexander, Fenella Fielding, Jerry Desmonde and Joan Hickson and, under the sprightly direction of Thomas, delivers a constant supply of visual and verbal jokes which still makes immensely entertaining viewing.
Sidney James as Bert Handy
Kenneth Connor as Sam Twist
Charles Hawtrey as Gabriel Dimple
Joan Sims as Lily Duveen
Kenneth Williams as Francis Courtenay
Bill Owen as Mike Weston
Liz Fraser as Delia King
Terence Longdon as Montgomery Infield-Hopping
Hattie Jacques as Hospital Sister
Esma Cannon as Miss Cooling
Sydney Tafler as Strip Club Manager
Julia Arnall as Trudy Trelawney
Terence Alexander as Trevor Trelawney
Stanley Unwin as Landlord
Joan Hickson as Hospital Matron
Director: Gerald Thomas
Writer: Norman Hudis
Producer: Peter Rogers
Studio: Anglo Amalgamated
Year of Release: 1961
Duration: 90 minutes