DirectorGerald Thomas Film seriesCarry On Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
WriterNorman Hudis (screenplay) Release dateMarch 1961 CastSid James (Bert Handy), Kenneth Connor (Sam Twist), Charles Hawtrey (Gabriel Dimple), Joan Sims (Lily Duveen), Kenneth Williams (Francis Courtenay), Bill Owen (Mike Weston) Similar moviesCarry On Cowboy, Carry On Constable, Carry On Sergeant, Carry On Cabby, Carry On Teacher, Carry On Nurse
TaglineCan you stand the laughs? Do you cry real tears at comedy? Do your sides ache when you laugh too hard?
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Carry On Regardless was the fifth in the series of Carry On films to be made being released in 1961. By now a fairly regular team was established with Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims and Kenneth Williams all having appeared in previous entries. Hattie Jacques – who was also a regular – makes a cameo appearance during a hospital scene. "Professor" Stanley Unwin appears in a guest role, playing his trademark "gobbledegook" speaking act. This would be the final appearance in the series for early regular Terence Longdon. Liz Fraser makes her debut in Carry On Regardless and would appear in a further three Carry On films. This Carry On film was the only one to be filmed over 2 years, being filmed in both 1960 and 1961.
Down at the local labour exchange, everyone is moaning about the lack of decent jobs, unaware that nearby Bert Handy and his secretary Miss Cooling are attempting to fill vacancies, at a new enterprise called Helping Hands. When word gets round, people are quick to visit the agency, notably Sam Twist, Francis Courtenay, Delia King, Gabriel Dimple, Lily Duveen, Mike Weston and Montgomery Infield-Hopping. Bert decides to hire them all and at first business is slow. The only customer is a man who speaks gobbledygook but since Francis (who can speak 16 languages) is not present nobody can understand him and he goes on his way. Within a few days business picks up and Delia has an assignment to try on a complete women's wardrobe for Mr Delling, a gentleman who is planning a surprise for his wife. However things get complicated when the man's wife arrives home unexpectedly.
Meanwhile Sam Twist is sent to a baby-sitting job, only to find that there is not a baby to be sat, instead there is Mrs Panting, a woman who needs to make her husband jealous, succeeding in the process with Sam getting a black eye. The following day, Francis is assigned to take a pet for a walk but when he gets to the owner's house, he finds out it is a chimpanzee. He takes the chimp for a walk and soon discovers that people who work in the transport industry have an aversion to apes. They eventually end up at a chimps tea party, enjoying a nice afternoon tea. Next is Lily Duveen, who has been employed at a wine tasting evening, to collect invitation cards from the attendees. After she has performed this task, she samples some of the wines and makes a bit of a spectacle of herself.
Later a man from Amalgamated Scrap-Iron arrives in the Helping Hands office. He is obviously busy as he requests that someone take his place in the queue, at the hospital outpatients department. Bert says he will get someone on the case but the chap insists that the top man does the job himself, so Bert ends up queuing at the hospital where he is mistaken for an eminent diagnostician. The next job that Francis undertakes, is in the field of photography as a model. Obviously very chuffed that he has been chosen, he is crestfallen when he discovers that the job is an advertisement for a bee-keeper's helmet. His next job is between a bickering couple. The husband can not understand his wife, who continually berates him in her native German. Thanks to Francis getting a bit emotionally involved, the wife starts speaking English and the couple make up.
Lefty Vincent, a boxing friend of Bert's, pops into the office. He requires four helpers to act as seconds, for his fighter Dynamite Dan. When they get to the venue, Dan is terrified by his opponent, Mickey McGee, so pretends that he has sprained his finger. The fight is off until Gabriel takes on McGee instead. Sam is excited over his next job. Due to a mix-up, he thinks he is on a top secret spying mission to the Forth Bridge when all that is required of him is to make up a fourth in a game of bridge. When Sam gets back, he learns that the whole of Helping Hands have been engaged to demonstrate exhibits at the Ideal House exhibition. Needless to say all of the demonstrations end in calamity. Sam's next job is at an exclusive men's club, where no matter how hard he tries he can not keep silent, which is a strict rule of the establishment.
Miss Cooling decides on a new filing system, for a more streamlined operation and job cards are put in cubby holes for each of the workers. Disaster strikes when the cleaner knocks the box down and puts the cards back all mixed up. Everyone gets someone else's assignment, with misunderstandings all round. Finally, the gobbledygook man turns up again and this time Francis is there to translate. He is their landlord and has been trying to inform Bert that he will have to vacate the premises, because he has had a better offer. Due to a show of unity by all the staff, the landlord agrees that they can stay, on the provision that they do something for him. His main interest is property development and he needs a house cleared and cleaned. Unfortunately the team end up demolishing the house but thankfully it turns out that it needed demolishing for a block of flats anyway, so all ends well.
Sid James as Bert Handy
Kenneth Connor as Sam Twist
Charles Hawtrey as Gabriel Dimple
Kenneth Williams as Francis Courtenay
"Professor" Stanley Unwin as Landlord
Joan Sims as Lily Duveen
Liz Fraser as Delia King
Terence Longdon as Montgomery Infield-Hopping
Bill Owen as Mike Weston
Esma Cannon as Miss Cooling
Freddie Mills as 'Lefty' Vincent
Fenella Fielding as Penny Panting
Hattie Jacques as Sister
Joan Hickson as Matron
David Lodge as Connoisseur
Jerry Desmonde as Martin Paul
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Yoki's Owner
Nicholas Parsons as Wolf
Cyril Chamberlain as Policeman
Cyril Raymond as Army Officer
Eric Pohlmann as Sinister Man
Julia Arnall as Trudy Trelawney
Terence Alexander as Trevor Trelawney
Screenplay – Norman Hudis
Music – Bruce Montgomery
Art Director – Lionel Couch
Director of Photography – Alan Hume
Editor – John Shirley
Associate Producer – Basil Keys
Assistant Director – Jack Causey
Camera Operator – Dudley Lovell
Sound Editor – Arthur Ridout
Sound Recordists – Robert T MacPhee & Gordon McCallum
Unit Manager – Claude Watson
Hairdressing – Biddy Crystal
Continuity – Gladys Goldsmith
Make-up – George Blackler
Costume Designer – Joan Ellacott
Casting Director – Betty White
Producer – Peter Rogers
Director – Gerald Thomas
Filming and locations
Filming dates – 28 November 1960 – 17 January 1961
Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
The corner of Park Street and Sheet Street in Windsor, Berkshire, doubled for the Helping Hands Agency. The location was used again a decade later for the Wedded Bliss agency in Carry On Loving.
The film was the 10th most popular movie at the UK box office in 1961.