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Carry On Cabby (1963, Hattie Jacques, Sid James)

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Gerald Thomas’s war-of-the-sexes comedy Carry On Cabby concerns an on-going battle between two rival taxi companies run by a feuding husband and wife. When her husband Charlie Hawkins (Sid James) neglects to celebrate their wedding anniversary, Peggy (Hattie Jacques) takes revenge by secretly setting up her own cab business. Entirely female-staffed, Peggy’s GlamCabs soon finds favour with the lecherous local male clientele and quickly inflicts a serious financial blow to Charlie’s Speedee Taxis empire.

However, Peggy’s victory is a pyrrhic one, only serving to push the couple further apart. But a bank robbery is set to provide the couple with a chance for reconciliation…

Kenneth Williams was missing from the cast this time round, but the film features Carry On debuts for Jim Dale and writer Talbot Rothwell, who would provide scripts for the next 19 editions of the series.

production details
UK | Anglo Amalgamated | 91 minutes | 1963

Writers: Talbot Rothwell, Sidney Green, Richard Hills
Producer: Peter Rogers
Director: Gerald Thomas

cast
Sid James as Charlie Hawkins
Hattie Jacques as Peggy Hawkins
Kenneth Connor as Ted Watson
Peter Byrne as Groom
Jim Dale as Expectant Father
Charles Hawtrey as Terry ‘Pintpot’ Tankard
Liz Fraser as Sally
Renée Houston as Molly
Esma Cannon as Flo Sims
Bill Owen as Smiley Sims
Amanda Barrie as Anthea
Milo O’Shea as Len
Judith Furse as Battleaxe
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Aristocratic Lady
Carole Shelley as Glamcab Driver
Valerie Van Ost as Glamcab Driver
Penelope Lee as Female Kisser

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