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

Carry On Cabby

1963 British comedy film about the rivalry between two taxi firms. Stars Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Esma Cannon and others.

Carry On Cabby. Charlie Hawkins (Sidney James). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions / Studio Canal.

Carry On Cabby

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

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

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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