Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)

UK, 1971
90m, 2470 metres
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British comedy film with fantasy elements directed by Gerald Thomas. It is the 22nd film in the Carry On series of comedies. It was originally released on 31 December 1971 at the Metropole, Victoria in London with a wider UK release following on 16 January 1972.

Plot Summary

There’s industrial unrest at WC Boggs’ Lavatory factory. Meanwhile Sid Plummer finds to his delight that his wife’s budgerigar can accurately predict horse racing results.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
© Rank Film Distributors Ltd MCMLXXI [1971]
A Peter Rogers production
Produced by: Peter Rogers
Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Director of Photography: Ernest Steward
Editor: Alfred Roome
Music Composed and Conducted by: Eric Rogers
Sound Recordists: Danny Daniel, Ken Barker
Costume Designer: Courtenay Elliott
Make-up: Geoffrey Rodway
Hairdresser: Stella Rivers
Art Director: Lionel Couch
Locations: Black Park Country Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK; Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK; Clarges Hotel, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK; A312, Buckinghamshire, England, UK; Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK; West Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England

Cast
Sidney James (Sid Plummer)
Kenneth Williams (W. C. Boggs)
Charles Hawtrey (Charles Coote)
Joan Sims (Chloë Moore)
Hattie Jacques (Beattie Plummer)
Bernard Bresslaw (Bernie Hulke)
Kenneth Cope (Vic Spanner)
Patsy Rowlands (Hortence Withering)
Jacki Piper (Myrtle Plummer)
Richard O’Callaghan (Lewis Boggs)
Bill Maynard (Fred Moore)
Davy Kaye (Benny)
Renee Houston (Agatha Spanner)
Marianne Stone (Maud)
Margaret Nolan (Popsy)
Geoffrey Hughes (Willie)
Hugh Futcher (Ernie)
Simon Cain (barman)
Leon Greene (chef)
Harry Towb (doctor in film)

Alternative Titles

Carry on Round the Bend – working title
Ist ja irre – Ein Streik kommt selten allein – West German title

Extracts included in
Can We Carry On, Girls? (2001)
Carry on Snogging (1998)
That’s Carry On! (1977)

Press

1972
CinemaTV Today no.9961 (1 January 1970) pp.28-29
Apart from the cast and the title, this is barely recognisable as a Carry On once the lavatory jokes of the opening scenes have been perpetuated. I found it uncharacteristically bad-tempered, as spiteful in much of its humour as a stand-up comic’s nagging mother-in-law. Joan Sims, bless her, gives a delightfully warm and earthy performance; and Charles Hawtrey manages to remain resolutely good-natured throughout. But the remaining principals betray their awareness of the shortage of good lines by pushing their scenes too hard and destroying the jollity that has always been so much a part of the Carry Ons. – from a review by Marjorie Bilbow

References

Periodicals
CinemaTV Today no.9961 (1 January 1970) pp.27; 28-29 – illustrated article (‘Carry On At Your Convenience’ is opened in the West End); review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
CinemaTV Today no.9962 8 January 1972 p.31 – trade show details (General releases)

Books
Carry on Confidential by Andy Davidson pp.180-188 – credits, notes
The Carry On Story by Robert Ross pp.130-134 – illustrated article
The Official Carry On Facts, Figures & Statistics by Kevin Snelgrove p.117
What a Carry On: The Official Story of the Carry On Film Series compiled by Sally Hibbin and Nina Hibbin p.114 – illustrated article