Carry On

 

"Don't Laugh to much, you might strain something, and you don't want to wear one of those belts?"

"I already do, the old woman gave it to me for Christmas"

"That's what I like to see, a marriage based on truss!"

Carry On Cabby
"They're here again"

 

Running Time - 91m Black  & White Certificate - U
Budget - 150,000 UK Release - June 1963
Shot - 25 March 1963 - 7 May 1963
Foreign Titles
Germany - Carry On Tired Taxi Driver South America - War of the Taxi Drivers

 

The Stars
Sidney James
Hattie Jacques
Kenneth Connor
Charles Hawtrey
Esma Cannon
Liz Fraser
Bill Owen
Milo O’Shea
Judith Furse
Jim Dale
Amanda Barrie
Cyril Chamberlain
Peter Gilmore
Noel Dyson
Peter Byrne
Charlie
Peggy
Ted
Pint-Pot
Flo
Sally
Smiley
Len
Battleaxe Woman
Expectant Father
Anthea
Sarge
Dancy
District Nurse
Bridegroom
The Crew
Producer
Director
Screenplay
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Music
Cinematographer
Editor
Peter Rogers
Gerald Thomas
Talbot Rothwell, based on an idea by SC Green and RM Mills
Eric Rogers
Alan Hume BSc
Archie Ludski

 

Synopsis

Charlie (Sid James), owner of Speedee Taxis, finds himself up against serious competition when a new firm, Glamcabs driven by glamorous women, is set up and starts stealing all his business.   Unknown to Charlie, however, is the fact that Glamcabs is being run by his wife Peggy (Hello DollyHattie Jacques) who is exacting her revenge on her workaholic husband for his neglect and for missing their anniversary.

Charlie’s team includes Pint Pot (Charles Hawtrey), Ted (Kenneth Connor), Smiley (Bill Owen) and Len (Milo O’Shea).  Peggy’s team includes assistant Flo (Esma Cannon), driver Amanda Barrie, in her first Carry On role, and Sally (Liz Fraser), a mole,who works in the canteen at Speedee Taxis.

Another Carry On-er giving his first performance is Jim Dale who plays the part of an expectant father who waylays several cabs to take his wife to the hospital.  After several unproductive journeys, the baby is finally born in the Carry On Cabbyback of one of the cabs.

Once Glamcabs has been set up the Speedee drivers find that customers are disappearing fast as the Glamcab drivers are getting the fares first and charming the men into their cabs.  The peak of the film is the assault on Glamcabs yard by the Speedee drivers, including Ted being sent ahead to penetrate the ladies’ defences disguised as a Glamcab driver.  He loses his nerve, however, when faced with the women’s changing room.

The two teams pull together at the end for a climatic chase when Peggy’s cab is hijacked and Charlie mobilizes all the drivers to block off all possible getaway streets and they encircle the stolen cab in the middle of field.

This is the first Carry On that shows women’s self-assertion and although not originally intended to be a Carry On (it was planned as Call Me A Cab – which is the last line in the film), it turns out to have all the basic ingredients (except Kenneth Williams) and is full of “Blimmin wimmin” as Sid says at one point.

 


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