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. Also included are Kenneth Williams as Mr. Boggs, Charles Hawtrey in a small but amusing supporting role, Bernard Bresslaw in one of his more familiar characterisations, Patsy Rolands as Miss. Withering, Jaki Piper as the Canteen girl and daughter of Sid Plummer, Richard O' Callaghan as the pompous Lewis Boggs, Bill Maynard as Joan Sims husband and Renee Houston in a fantastic cameo as Vic Spanners ferocious, domineering mother. Her characterisation is used to great comic effect and her timing is impeccable. All in all a classic entry in the series and one that is highly recommended.