Carry On

or
Down the Spout
or
Ladies Please be Seated
or
Up The Workers
or
Labour Relations are the People who Come to See You When You're Having a Baby

"Flushed with success the Carry on team carries on around the bend"
 

"I can assure you, Sir , that an elephant could safely use that toilet"

"Not without a much bigger bowl"


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Running Time - 90m Colour Certificate - A
Budget - 220,000 UK Release - December 1971
Shot - 22 March 1971 - 7 May 1971
Foreign Titles
US - Carry On Around the Bend Germany - A Dangerous Strike
Hungary - Carry On Your Way Poland - How Do You Make Your Bed

 

The Stars

Sidney James
Kenneth Williams
Charles Hawtrey
Hattie Jacques
Joan Sims
Bernard Bresslaw
Kenneth Cope
Patsy Rowlands
Jacki Piper
Richard O'Callaghan
Bill Maynard
Davy Kaye
Renee Houston
Marianne Stone
Margaret Nolan
Geoffrey Hughes
Hugh Futcher
Bill Pertwee

                                                                  
Sid Plummer
W C Boggs
Charlie Coote
Beattie Plummer
Chloe Moore
Bernie Hulke
Vic Spanner
Miss Withering
Myrtle Plummer
Lewis Boggs
Fred Moore
Benny
Agatha Spanner
Maude
Popsy
Willy
Ernie
Roadhouse Manager
                                                                  

The Crew
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Music
Cinematographer
Editor
                                                            
Peter Rogers
Gerald Thomas
Talbot Rothwell
Eric Rogers
Ernest Steward BSc
Alfred Roome
                                                            

 

Synopsis

Strike-plagued toilet manufacturers, W C Boggs (Kenneth Williams) are quite literally on the brink of going down the pan.  When Boggs tells Sid Plummer (Sid James), the works’ foreman that they need a thousand pounds to stay in business, Sid puts to work his racing expect budgie but this doesn’t help and eventually the factory moves nearer closing down.  Then one morning, the workers return and the managers think the strike is over, only to realise that the strikers have only come in because it is the day of the Works’ outing to Brighton.  This is where the real fun starts when the managers decide to go along.

Compared to previous films this was a big flop and this has been put down to the sensitive nature of the film; a large percentage of the Carry On audience consisted of the workers they were sending up. This still has enough of the classic Carry On humour, with still being able to delve in to the newer, bawdier side that was to come.  This aside, this is the best of the bunch.  Vic Spanner (Kenneth Cope) sharply plays the union rep dead-panly.  The love affair between Lewis Boggs (Richard O’Callaghan) and Myrtle Plummer (Jacki Piper) is perhaps the most touching relationship in the whole series.  Hattie Jacques is wonderful as the twittering bird-obsessed wife of Sid, whiling away her days in a house much in need of cleaning.  A classic, the best, number one.

 

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