Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)

 “That’s all I need–a face full of soggy knickers.”

carry on at your convenienceIn Carry On at Your Convenience there’s a crisis at the Boggs Toilet Factory. The factory is on the verge of bankruptcy, but factory owner W.C. Boggs (Kenneth Williams) refuses to listen to his son Lewis’s (Richard O’Callaghan) suggestion to make money by manufacturing bidets. When Lewis appears with a contract for 1,000 bidets, W.C gives in. But there’s a problem–the sheik who ordered the bidets needs them within 2 months in time for the annual ‘Av-a-Nibble festival during which he visits all 1,000 wives. The pressure is on to complete the order before the deadline and save the factory from ruin.

A number of sub-plots add to the mayhem. Lewis is chasing after Myrtle Plummer (Jacki Piper) the daughter of foreman Sid Plummer (Sid James). Strike-happy union shop steward Vic Spanner (Kenneth Cope) is also pursuing Myrtle. Meanwhile back at the Plummer home, Mrs. Plummer (Hattie Jacques) relentlessly tries to get the budgie to talk while she nags Sid about his gambling losses. The film culminates in the annual works outing to Brighton, and the outing degenerates into a pub-crawl.

Charles Hawtrey appears as a sly toilet designer, Charles Coote. Bernard Bresslaw is Bernie Hulke–Vic’s sidekick. Joan Sims appears as Chloe Moore, Sid’s extra-marital interest, and Patsy Rowlands plays the lovelorn secretary Hortence Withering. For those who’ve never seen a Carry-On film, the Carry-On films were made over a period of almost three decades. The Carry-On team was composed of a core of the greatest comic talent in Britain, and while the films also included new talent, Carry-On fans always knew they could count on seeing some of their old favourites. Carry-On films are bawdy, loaded with cliches and sexual innuendo, and so if that sort of comedy appeals to you, you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself. Carry On at Your Convenience is particularly interesting as its bottom-smacking humour occurs largely at the workplace, and the film was made before anyone had heard of the term ‘sexual harassment.’ For those of us who are Carry-On fans, Carry On at Your Convenience will create a pleasant state of nostalgia.

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