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Carry On Regardless (1961, Sid James, Kenneth Williams)

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The Carry On formula was simple and if sophistication was notable by its absence, the result was consistent: popular entertainment with 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 supplies staff for a variety of outside jobs, and whose employees include Carry On regulars Williams, Connor, Hawtrey and Sims, along with Liz Fraser and Bill Owen. But the jobs that the agency attracts range from the bizarre to the curious with even the simplest task proving too much for the willing staff.

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. Under the sprightly direction of Gerald Thomas, it delivers a constant supply of visual and verbal jokes, which still makes immensely entertaining viewing.

production details
UK / Anglo Amalgamated / 90 minutes / 1961

Director: Gerald Thomas, Ralph Thomas
Producer: Peter Rogers
Writers: Norman Hudis,

cast
Joan Sims as Lily Duveen
Charles Hawtrey as Gabriel Dimple
Kenneth Williams as Francis Courtenay
Joan Hickson as Matron
Liz Fraser as Delia King
Sid James as Bert Handy
Hattie Jacques as Sister
Kenneth Connor as Sam Twist
Esma Cannon as Miss Cooling
Bill Owen as Mike Weston
Terence Longdon as Montgomery Infield-Hopping
Sydney Tafler as Strip Club Manager
Julia Arnall as Trudy Trelawney
Terence Alexander as Trevor Trelawney
Stanley Unwin as Landlord

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