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Carry On At Your Convenience. Image shows from L to R: Chloe Moore (Joan Sims), Sid Plummer (Sid James), W. C. Boggs (Kenneth Williams), Miss Withering (Patsy Rowlands). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions.

Carry On At Your Convenience

Sid James plays Sid Plummer, a works foreman struggling to bridge the gap between an unreasonable, strike-happy shop steward and a naive manager's son

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Aaron

  • Sunday 5th October 2014, 5:19pm
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I like it 'cos it's very funny.

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A Horseradish

  • Sunday 5th October 2014, 5:27pm [Edited]
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Quote: Aaron @ 5th October 2014, 5:19 PM BST

I like it 'cos it's very funny.

Yes. :)

Spanner, of course, was "Vic" partially because of trade union leader Vic Feather who Mike Yarwood would imitate among many others. Ironically, various documents released in recent years suggest that Feather
was informing the secret services about Communist sympathisers and may even have been working for MI5.

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Tursiops

  • Sunday 5th October 2014, 7:14pm
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Quote: A Horseradish @ 5th October 2014, 5:27 PM BST

Ironically, various documents released in recent years suggest that Feather
was informing the secret services about Communist sympathisers and may even have been working for MI5.

I would not surprise me if Arthur Scargill turned out to be an agent provocateur for the CIA. He might as well have been.

But this film. like many of the later Carry Ons, is the cinematic equivalent of leafing through The Sun

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A Horseradish

  • Monday 6th October 2014, 2:47pm
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Quote: Tursiops @ 5th October 2014, 7:14 PM BST

I would not surprise me if Arthur Scargill turned out to be an agent provocateur for the CIA. He might as well have been.

But this film. like many of the later Carry Ons, is the cinematic equivalent of leafing through The Sun

Laughing out loud

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Rico El Vista

  • Tuesday 7th October 2014, 10:12am [Edited]
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Quote: Kenneth @ 18th August 2013, 5:39 AM BST

Yes, interesting to have a Union-bashing film. I remember a scene at the start where Sid James slaps Joan Sims on the arse and she merely looks up, smiles and says "saucy!". That pretty much encapsulates the general, narrow view of the entire Carry On oeuvre.

It depends who is slapping your arse, (in real life) if it's somebody you fancy, you can bet your 'bottom' dollar that they also fancy you, or they wouldn't bother slapping your arse, and play your cards right you can end up in bed with them.

I don't find this 'narrow', on the contrary, it's pretty liberating!

I quite like this film, but I am biased towards most vintage UK comedy.....the Carry On team have a healthy cult following, going by demand for their works on eBay.

(Still have to treat myself to the Ultimate Carry On 30-disc set, the cornerstone to any serious collection of olde-stylee UK comedy.)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 7th October 2014, 10:31am [Edited]
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Quote: Kenneth @ 18th August 2013, 5:39 AM BST

That pretty much encapsulates the general, narrow view of the entire Carry On oeuvre.

For OTT PC you can rely on the Yanks or the Aussies. :P

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Knotty

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 2:03pm
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It was badly judged to knock the unions - and they paid for it at the box office and deservedly so. But as I'm not fanatical about such things, I think it's still good fun.

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paulted

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 2:19pm
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Savaged critically, but for me this is a high water mark for the series, lots of great characters and the writers can have a real blast around the rim and head right for the u-bend(sorry) with some low brow humour. Carry on Girls is in a similar vein too and all the better for it.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 2:20pm
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Quote: Knotty @ 18th February 2015, 2:03 PM GMT

It was badly judged to knock the unions - and they paid for it at the box office

Yes, a sad case of not knowing their audience.

Still one of the best films for my money, and the unions were a wholly deserving and justified target of fun.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 3:08pm
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Quote: Aaron @ 18th February 2015, 2:20 PM GMT

and the unions were a wholly deserving and justified target of fun.

Better still for that was I'm Alright Jack, one of my all time favourite films.

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Knotty

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 3:29pm
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But it's important to remember that I'm Alright Jack absolutely ripped the stuffing out of BOTH sides, showing both as equally corrupt and self serving, so it wasn't really union bashing like Carry On At Your Convenience.

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Aaron

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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 18th February 2015, 3:08 PM GMT

Better still for that was I'm Alright Jack, one of my all time favourite films.

Now beautifully digitally restored and available in glorious HD on Blu-ray!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 4:32pm
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Amazingly they haven't colourised it, and the Amazon blub says "This sequel to 'Private's Progress'". Was it? Never looked on it being that.

Thanks for that Aaron, but do have a copied live off telly and transferred to DVD, which is fine for me.

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Knotty

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 4:52pm [Edited]
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From Wikipedia:

I'm All Right Jack is a 1959 British comedy film directed and produced by John and Roy Boulting from a script by Frank Harvey, John Boulting and Alan Hackney based on the novel Private Life by Hackney. The film is a sequel to the Boultings' 1956 film Private's Progress and Ian Carmichael, Dennis Price, Richard Attenborough, Terry-Thomas and Miles Malleson reprise their characters.

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paulted

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015, 5:39pm
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Strange thing about Carry Ons, none of the participants thought that they were appearing anything wildly artistic, there were no exotic locations, and the money was allegedly peanuts, yet the kept turning up to shoot them. Could anyone who has watched any of these films actually say they hate them?