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on 28 January 2002
This fifth instalment of the Carry On... series was more of a series of sketches. Now that the series was a top box office money-spinner for producer Peter Rogers, director Gerald Thomas and screenwriter Norman Hudis, they were inundated with ideas from the public. The answer was to take the best of these ideas and turn them into incidents featuring members of a "Helping Hands" agency. Manager of the agency was Sidney James and his team included Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Bill Owen, Terence Longdon (his last Carry On...), Liz Fraser and Joan Sims. The best of the sketches include Sims getting drunk at a wine tasting and Hawtrey ending up in a boxing match. Some sketches work better than others. The whole team at the "Ideal House Exhibition" works, the whole team cleaning one of their landlord's properties at the end doesn't. But the joy as always is to watch a team of comic geniuses at work.
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on 7 January 2017
Sadly this is a weak entry into the Carry On series, bereft of that 'Carry On' feel. Stanley Unwin steals the show with his gobble-de-gook speak which is understood in the film only by Kenneth Williams. One for watching on a rainy Sunday afternoon if you've no other DVDs to play...
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A bunch of out of work folk are delighted when several positions come onto the market at the Helping Hands Agency...

As most reviews attest to, this fifth Carry On film barely has a plot to get your hands on. Pic basically takes the seven members of the agency through a series of vignettes, the jobs they are assigned to do ranging from chimp walking to modelling underwear!

Each slot allows for some amiable comedic opportunity, the best of which finds Joan Sims getting sloshed at a wine tasting function, Charles Hawtrey landing in a boxing match with a hulking brute, Kenneth Connor involved in a 39 Steps parody, and all of the workers pitched into chaos during an Ideal Homes Exhibition. Back at the Helping Hands office Sid James and his secretary Esma Cannon are flummoxed by the continuous appearance of Stanley Unwin talking his gobbledygook, which all leads to the big finale as the whole cast get to have a grand old time of things. While as usual there's fun to be had spotting the future stars of British TV and film who pop up in cameos.

Carry On Regardless finds the creators on safe and amiable ground. It's no high point of the series but it's good fun and lets some under valued comic actors work their respective charms. 7/10
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on 4 July 2010
Essentially a series of comic scenes loosely strung together around the 'Helping Hands' Employment Agency' managed by Sid James and his able assistant Esme Cannon the gentle nature of late 50s comedy films is evident in this fifth entry in the series. I particularly like Stanley Unwin as the incomprehensible landlord and Charles Hawtrey's character whom amusing engages in a mismatched boxing match. For its 2007 DVD release we find Carry On historian Robert Ross joined on the commentary by Liz Fraser and Terence Longdon, the former taking great delight in gently mocking Robert's encyclopaedic knowledge of the franchise. No trailer on offer this time out but at least we've got a four minute stills gallery as a welcome addition to the main feature
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on 9 November 2016
spent money on this thinking that all the carry ons where complete but there are loads missing wasted time and money on this collection. If you are like me when you buy dvd's you need the full collection to compliment your collection right, stay away from this box deal as you are going to lose money on this non complete collection.
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on 12 February 2016
Another routine outing for the classic Carry On line-up. Hattie Jacques makes only a limited appearance (I believe due to health problems) but Williams, Hawtry, Connor, Simms, James et al do a reasonable job with a plot about an employment agency.
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on 9 June 2001
Carry on Sgt was the first ever Carry On film - this see's a gang of hapless squddies put to their test with disastrous results - the future regular Carry Oners are there including - Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Connor. Other noteworthy actors were William Hartnell, Bill Owen, Dora Bryan, Shirley Eaton, & a very young Bob Monkhouse. If you blink you also see a young Terry Scott in his first Carry On. Carry on Cleo is another story the Carry On gang were alwasy better in the historical romps. The cast include Sid James as Marc Anthony, Amanda Barrie as Cleo and Joan Sims as Calpurnia others include, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Jim Dale, Sheila Hancock. But the films treat was Kenneth Williams as a camp Ceaser - who could forget the line "Infamy, infamy - they've all got it infamy" classic stuff.
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VINE VOICEon 20 August 2005
The criticisms of this film are fair enough,it isn't a great film,although I prefer this early 60s effort to the later smuttier 1970's Carry On films which were desperately trying to keep up with the soft porn Confessions type comedies(and failing miserably). It is episodic and clunky but if you're a fan of the lovely,buxom Liz Fraser then this is a must buy. Liz has many scenes including the famous one of Liz in bra and panties,even better than the one in THE AMOROUS PRAWN which came out at a similar time to Carry On Regardless. Recommended for Liz fans.
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on 2 November 2010
Unfortunately, this is not the "ultimate" collection as it's still missing a lot of other films which production rights are owned by a different company. Still, it's still 1 of the 2 boxsets you need for the complete collection, so on the whole a good buy. I don't think I need to go into the films, you either like Carry On films and are buying this for that reason, or if you really don't know what these films are about, then try catch one on tv and check it out first! Hopefully you'll catch one of their very funny ones and catch the bug.....
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on 2 February 2015
This DVD arrived on time and in good condition as usual. If you like Carry On movies you will like this one, good clean wicked fun and leaves you with a happy feeling inside when the movie ends. Who can beat that in these violent evil times.
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