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Carry On At Your Convenience [DVD] [1971]


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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Talbot Rothwell
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S8IF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,892 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kenneth Williams leads the 'Carry On' team as W.C. Boggs, the owner of a troubled toiletware company. The management is highly incompetent and as a result the unions are not happy, but they are the least of Boggs's troubles.

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In 1971 when Carry On at Your Convenience hit the screen, the series had long since become part of the fabric of British popular entertainment. Never mind the situation, the characters were essentially the same, film after film. The jokes were all as old as the hills, but nobody cared, they were still funny. But it's just too easy to treat them as a job lot of postcard humour and music hall innuendo. This tale of revolt at a sanitary ware factory--Boggs and Son, what else?--certainly chimed in with the state of the nation in the early 1970s when strikes were called at the drop of a hat. Here, tea urns, demarcation and the company's decision to branch out into bidets all wreak havoc. Kenneth Williams as the company's besieged managing director, Sidney James and Joan Sims give their all as usual, but it's the lesser roles that really add some lustre. Hattie Jacques as Sid's budgerigar-obsessed, sluggish put-upon wife and Renee Houston as a superbly domineering battleaxe with a penchant for strip poker remind us that in the hands of fine actors, even the laziest of caricatures becomes a real human being.

On the DVD: Presented in 4:3 format with a good clean print and standard mono soundtrack, Carry On at Your Convenience feels as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. But where's the context? The lack of extras leaves the viewer wanting biographies and some documentary sense of the film's position in the series. The scene index is often arbitrary and the budget packaging means that we don't even get a full cast list. --Piers Ford

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian Phillips on 10 May 2006
Format: DVD
Carry On At Your Convenience (1971) drew a mixed response from critics and fans. Some fans claim that this is one of the very finest of the series, displaying the true spirit of the Carry On phemenon. The film however served as a disappointment in Box Office terms with it not nearly enjoying as much success as either Henry (1970) or Loving (1970). However this stands as one of the best of the 1970's Carry On and the usual roster of regulars (apart from Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Connor) are all present and evidently in high spirit.

Long time toilet manufacturers W.C Boggs & Son seems set to crumble as their union representative, Vic Spanner (Kenneth Cope), jumps on every possible excuse that crops up to call a strike. The company chairman Sid Plummer (Sid James) suggests that an annual outing to Brighton might be whats needed to boost work morale.

Of course there is no plot as such and the work outing scenes in Brighton could be described as something of a time-filler but it doesn't matter as there are so many laughs to be endured along the way it really doesn't matter and the cast are all top form. Sid James is his usual, double-dealing, rogue-like self who spends half his cash down at the bookies. Hattie Jaques puts in one of her funniest and most concentrated characterisations as a dowdy housewife who spends most of her time talking to a budgie who Sid discovers (much to his delight) can predict the winners in horse racing. Highly amusing stuff! The Brighton scenes work well and there is some lovely dialogue between Sid James and Joan Sims at the end of the trip where they blatantly comtemplate spending the night together but relent knowing full well that they'd be in trouble with their spouses if one of the neighbours was to see them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2011
Format: DVD
I like this entry in the series, I really do. Many others however find it a dud and feel that it should be flushed down one of the toilets that feature at W.C. Boggs' factory in the film. Blending the obvious toilet gags with a tale about unionised shop floors, the Carry On team have actually crafted one of the franchise's less mucky pictures. Sid James, so long the bastion of sexually driven lechery in Carry On folklore, has a very restrained role in this one, and this to me somewhat explains to an extent why "Convenience" is often shunned by the series fans.

Elsewhere it's the subplots away from the factory that put the smile on my face. Charles Hawtrey is indulging in strip poker with shop steward, Vic Spanner's, mother!. While James' Sid Plummer is getting horse racing winners from his budgie,! all under the watchful eye of his apparently scatty wife Beattie {a terrific Hattie Jacques}. Sexy eye candy for us blokes comes in the form of Jacki Piper, and the film finale on the Brighton seaside is drunken buffoonery to at least raise a giggle or two. Not the best Carry On by a long shot predicted by Sid's budgie, but certainly not one of the worst either. 6.5/10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Bessant on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Apart from 'England','Emmanuelle' and 'Columbus' I love the Carry On films and have seen all of them at least 10 times over the years. Seeing each film is like visiting an old friend and my two favourite mates are 'Screaming' and 'At Your Convenience'.
Possibly the only film in history to be set in a toilet factory this film is pure gold - consistantly funny and despite the doom and gloom of unions and strikes this movie has a definate feel good quality about it. All the cast are clearly having the time of their lives and it's so good to watch them in the various set pieces Talbot Rothwells brilliant script throws at them. Sid and his Budgie are hilarious - "Ta daddy, Ta daddy, TA!!!" (makes me laugh just thinking about it), Richard O'Callaghans pursuit of Jacki Piper (in my opinion the most beautiful Carry On regular) and especially the trip to Brighton are just three good reasons for watching this film - the Brighton section would have made a terrific film in it's own right. Shame they didn't do it. Kenneth Cope plays his part perfectly as does everyone.Bernard Blesslaw is at his bumbling best and Sid James and Kenneth Williams just be themselves but there's nothing wrong with that - it's always a joy to watch them.
Seriously if you only ever watch 2 Carry On movies make sure this is one of them (And 'Screaming'!)
Brilliant film and in my all time top 20 movies list.
Buy it, I'm now off to watch it!!
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By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 10 May 2009
Format: DVD
The Sunday Times called this film bog standard which is very clever.

It is a period piece as it is set in the early seventies and is quite a good satire of the period.

I am an afficiando of the carry on films. I loved carry on sergeant but when they were coming out I found them a bit too scatological but now I appreciate them as gems of their type.

the joke ratio is very high you hardly go a minute before another joke is cracked so it is clever writing. the only false thing is everyone cracks a joke and then laughs uprousouly at their own joke., as in Sid James laugh.

The only jarring note is that they used a toilet factory which i suppose some people might find intrinsically funny but is a bit lazy.

Most of the usual characters are there(no Windsor or Connor) and it is always funny that the ladies were supposedly lusting over the obviously gay character of Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey.

I remember those times in Britain in the 1970s and the cars and the houses and the locations are all typical and nostalgic.

Sid James lives next door to the lady from the factory he fanies( Joan sims) but her husband is the flash salesman or commercial traveller as he calls himself with the Ford Capri which was the acme of success in the 1970s. he sits around in his kitchen in a collar tie and jacket and complains when his wife suggest going to bed during the day whilst sitting on his lap and he complains about the creases in his trousers.

everyone fancies everyone else but it is much discussed but there is no over sex or nudity. the most we see is two people who have just married in a hotel room getting ready but things get in the way.

The double entrendres come thick and fast.
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