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Carry On At Your Convenience Review

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W.C. Boggs, as may be apparent, are fine purveyors of lavatories and bathroom equipment, but they are assailed by industrial disputes, led by shop foreman Sid Plummer. Funny that when it comes to the day of the work outing, no one is on strike.

★★★★★

One of the most involved of all the Carry On plots, even bordering on the political (a first) in its comedy of unionised shop floors and frustrated businessmen (personified by an arch and devious Kenneth Williams, of course, as W.C. Boggs himself) trying to keep the work force in place, but deep down is still a silly farce boasting every possibility of toilet gag. For once, Sid James takes a more fatherly role as perpetual union irritant Sid Plummer, it’s his daughter Myrtle (a pretty Jacki Piper) who is busy playing the bosses son Lewis (Bill Maynard) off against young union rep Vic (Kenneth Cope). Strikingly (no pun, intended) this is one of the least lurid and the film suffers accordingly.

Elsewhere the usual faces (but no Barbara Windsor) are caught up in numerous subplots involving Charles Hawtrey playing strip poker with a Vic’s mom (why?), Sid’s budgie picking the racing winners, and a good lot of familiar slapstick on the works outing. But it’s too fussy and flat, too preoccupied with its setting, to rank highly in the series.

Having already set the standard for no frills bawdiness, the setting of this feature seemed to indicate the comedy troupe reaching some kind of toilet-humour peak. Sadly, this is rightly regarded as one of the worst of the bunch.

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