Carry On Cabby. Image shows from L to R: Jeremy (Jim Dale), Charlie Hawkins (Sid James). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions / STUDIOCANAL
Carry On Cabby

Carry On Cabby

  • 1963 film

Sid James stars as the proprietor of a successful cab firm. Suddenly a new taxi company arrive in town, and they have a secret weapon. Also features Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Esma Cannon, Liz Fraser and more.

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Carry On Cabby. Image shows from L to R: Charlie Hawkins (Sid James), Terry 'Pintpot' Tankard (Charles Hawtrey), Anthea (Amanda Barrie). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions / STUDIOCANAL

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1963
Creators
Sid Green and Dick Hills
Stars
Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Esma Cannon, Liz Fraser, Bill Owen, Milo O'Shea and more
Writer
Talbot Rothwell
Director
Gerald Thomas
Producers
Peter Rogers and Frank Bevis
Company

Charlie Hawkins has spent years building up his taxi business, Speedee Cabs. They may be a little dull, but they're reliable and know their patch inside out. Charlie's also a workaholic, and despite numerous promises made to wife Peggy, he just can't keep off the road. Whilst she dreams of starting a family in a cottage out in the country, her other half is busy dreaming of his next fare!

She knows he loves her, but things come to a head for Peg when Charlie fails to make it home for an anniversary meal - he might've had a child born in the back of his cab, but it's one frustration too many and the excuse just won't wash.

With the help of Speedee's canteen worker Sally, who's also the girlfriend of Charlie's best mate Ted, and another disgruntled wife, Flo, Peg secretly forms a new company: Glamcabs.

They immediately set about recruiting drivers, but are not so much looking for their Knowledge as their assets: namely an ample bust and small waist! With a staff comprised entirely of young female lovelies, Peggy and Sally use every bit of know-how they've picked up over the years to snatch all of the business in the town.

However, Charlie's determined that no young upstarts will get the better of his firm, and he resolves to put each Glamcab off the road one by one - if only it weren't for the pesky customers, all too eager to assist these pretty young things!

Slowly but surely, the girls' sex appeal propels Glamcabs to victory in the business war, and Charlie is distraught when he discovers the identity of the mysterious 'Mrs Glam'.

However, it's the mens' experience, street-smarts and knowledge of the roads that ultimately win out as they rescue Peg and Sal from armed robbers and an eventful cab chase through the town.

But Peggy's still got one last surprise for her husband - he may need to rename the business 'Hawkins & Son'!

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Additional details

Part of

Carry On Films

UK certificate
U
Duration
91 minutes
UK release
Saturday 22nd June 1963
Distributors

Anglo Amalgamated

Warner-Pathe

Also known as
  • Call Me A Cab (Working title)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Friday 26th January 2024 at 4:15pm on Film4
  • Saturday 20th January 2024 at 11:00am on Film4
  • Sunday 10th September 2023 at 11:00am on Film4

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios - Interiors and cab firm bases
  • Windsor - Town location sequences
  • Windsor Great Park - The heath

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