The Carry On Collection (2007)
Carry On Regardless (1961)

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Connor
Optimum Classic
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: PG
Available 29 January 2007

It's non-stop romps as the
Carry On team deliver the goods in one of the rudest and funniest of the Carry On films. The cast are all on top form as a bunch of no-hopers who join an agency in search of a job. The anarchy mounts as they tackle a series of odd jobs, including a chimp's tea-party, trying to stay sober at a wine tasting and meeting a contact at the Forth Bridge...

The press release for Carry on Regardless refers to the movie as one of the "rudest and funniest of the Carry On films." I'm not sure I agree with either statement. However the shape of the Carry On team, that we've all come to know and love, is finally starting to take shape.

Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Connor are all present and correct. However, Jacques was ill at the start of recording and so her role was rewritten and a new character, played by Liz Fraser, was created. Jacques managed to record her role in a single day's shooting. This movie also sees the late Stanley Unwin appear talking his trademark gobbledegook.

There's also the odd unintentional joke, which modern audiences will snigger at in that Carry On way. For example in the Ideal Home Exhibition sequence there is an innocent banner that proudly announces: "Everything for the bachelor gay".

Extras include an audio commentary with Fraser, Terence Longdon and Carry On historian Robert Ross; stills gallery; and trivia notes.

The commentary is interesting. Fraser and Longdon discuss salaries - to see who was on the best wage; Fraser testing Ross on his trivia after she was amazed that he knew the exact address of one of the houses used in the episode; some surprising Nicholas Parsons anecdotes (including an explanation as to why he never appeared in another Carry On movie; and Fraser's insistence that the Carry On movies ruined any future career plans she may have had.

This movie is nothing more than a collection of sketches held together by the Helping Hands Agency segments. Funny yes, but not a Carry On classic.

Charles Packer

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