Doctor in Film
Nurse In Bath
In the boardroom of W.C. Boggs and Sons, makers of fine tolietware -
Established 1870 - Mr W.C. Boggs is testing out his latest toilet bowl for
size and comfort. The guinea pig for this unusual chore is his
long-suffering secretary, Miss Withering. Also present is the factory
foreman, Sid Plummer and the firmís designer, Charles Coote.
Meanwhile, hard at work
in the packing room are Chloe Moore, her crony Maud and Bernie Hulke under
the supervision of rebellious shop steward, Vic Spanner.
But the industrious
atmosphere does not last long. After a swiftly contrived dispute over tea
breaks, the whole factory goes on strike. This doesn't worry Lewis Boggs;
in fact, it is the perfect opportunity for him to date Myrtle Plummer, the
foremanís attractive daughter and factory canteen girl, that afternoon -
much to the annoyance of Vic, who also has his eye on her.
So the workers all arrive
unexpectedly at their respective homes for lunch. At the Plummer's, Sid
settles himself down for an afternoon of 'horses', which immediately
upsets his wife Beattie who bemoans the fact that he wastes so much money
on them and never picks that elusive winner. When she takes up Sid's
challenge to do better, they soon notice their budgie (who up until then,
has never uttered so much as a squawk) chirps during Sid's reading of the
list of runners from the previous days racing - and every chirp coincides
with the winner of that race. Sid has found himself a feathered goldmine,
to the cost of his local bookie.
For others, the afternoon
has been far from happy. After Bernie has picked up Vic on his motorbike,
they are racing through town to the football match when they see Lewis
picking up Myrtle in his sports car. At Vicís command to follow them,
Bernie pulls away so abruptly, that he leaves his pal standing in the
middle of the road - minus his trousers.
Vicís troubles do not
stop there. He arrives home furtively, only to be greeted by the dreaded
voice of his Mother demanding to know what he's doing without his pants.
He looks aghast at his Mum, who has emerged from her tÍte-ŗ-tÍte with
Charles Coote - who is lodging with them - dressed only in her underwear,
unaware that they are emerged in a game of strip poker.
That afternoon has not
worked out for Lewis and Myrtle either, and after a series of disasters,
Myrtle storms out on him.
Eventually life returns
to normal at the factory. Lewis has been absent for a couple of weeks, but
returns with an order for 1000 bidets for a harem in the Far East. The
bank manager refuses to increase the firmís overdraft to cover the initial
outlay, so Sid consorts with his budgie and overcomes this little problem.
But there is another
cloud on the horizon. Vic has called another strike, when his discovers
two of his fitters are required to do two jobs. W.C. Boggs is plunged into
despair as he seriously faces bankruptcy.
Suddenly the workers
stream back into the factory - just in time for the firmís annual outing
to Brighton. W.C. Boggs startles everyone by announcing that he'll be
joining them. He even sets the tone of the trip himself, as the management
and staff shed all their inhibitions in a mad scamper in and out of the
hotel bar and around the piers amusement booths.
It turns out to be quite
a day. Lewis, having organised a special marriage licence, chases Myrtle
everywhere until they finally get married that afternoon. Knowing of Miss
Witherings deep hidden passion for W.C, Sid - aided by Chloe - poses as a
fortune-teller and puts the unsuspecting couple on the road to romance.
Finally the whole party return home - absolutely plastered, but totally
The factory's labour
problems are also about to be solved. The very next day Agatha Spanner
arrives at the factory leading a regiment of women workers and wives to
break the picket organised by her son and open the factory doors. Work is
resumed and W.C. Boggs is in business again!
of the 1970's Carry On's, and certainly a strong contender for the best
Carry On ever. The whole film is a delight from start to finish, with the
usual characters firing on all cylinders especially during the Brighton
Amazingly enough this was the first major flop in the Carry On cannon,
taking about five years to make up its production costs. This was due to
the fact that the major Carry On audience were alienated due to the
negative portrayal of unions and their representatives. In this case
Kenneth Cope, as the bolshie union leader, comes across as a troublemaking
Mummy's boy who ultimately gets trumped in the love stakes by Richard
O'Callaghan, who portrays the boss' son, and finally let down by his
Thankfully overall, history has been kind to this particular film and sums
up everything that is quintessential about a Carry On film. There are
plenty of toilet gags (inevitable as its set in a toilet factory) a
raucous trip to Brighton and loads of Sid chuckles and Kenneth's ooohs. In
amongst all this is a wonderfully touching scene between Sid James and
Joan Sims almost, but not quite, giving in to temptation after their
return from the coach trip. It shows that there could be a serious and
touching side to the series behind all the innuendo.
Other things to watch out for are the fantastic opening credits blessed
with some of Eric Rogers strongest musical work, Kenneth Cope trying to
have a serious union meeting but the innuendo just keeps flying, a
great send up of the sex education films that were creeping in at the time
with Harry Towb as the 'well known and practicing doctor' and
Kenneth Williams getting completely 'refreshed' on the pier.
Having had his trousers
torn off by Bernard Bresslaw's motorcycle (well, it could happen to
anyone), Kenneth Cope tries to cover his embarrassment by pretending to be
a race walker, presumably in the belief that race walkers wear shirts and
Both Terry Scott and Bill
Pertwee, saw their roles cut from the film. Terry played Mr Allcock, the
union leader. Whilst Bill Pertwee played the manager of a smashing bar and
nightclub venue called The Whippit Inn.
Bernard Bresslaw came
unstuck when he claimed to Peter Rogers that he could ride a motorbike.
The scene when Bernie is required to stop his bike and dismount ran to
over 20 takes. Unheard of for a Carry On.
Jack Crump was a coach operator who traded as Denham Coaches whose
vehicles can be found in several of the films over the years. Jack's
operating centre was actually in the grounds of Pinewood Studios, so
naturally much of his work entailed taking the production teams on
location and he provided coaches for filming as required. In this case the
coach that takes the gang down to Brighton.
Outside of the UK, the
film was called Carry On Round the Bend.
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Filming of the Pier sequence took place on Brighton's Palace Pier. Whilst
the street used for Vic's house was the Baker Street set that was
originally constructed for the film, 'The Private Life of Sherlock
Whilst Charlie says "It was hardly designed as a reading room" during his
first scene, the camera immediately changes shot and he can be seen saying
the word 'room' again but with no audio.
A bloke wearing a great suit (ahem!) with a big mop of red hair can be
seen walking down the street when Bernie first pulls up outside Vic's
house. Soon after, the same bloke can be seen across the road from the
parked motorbike. A few seconds later, there he is again, back walking
down the street behind Vic.
On the coach on the way to Brighton, look at the road they are on when
Lewis is chasing them. It turns to the left of the screen. In the next
shot inside the coach the road is different and turns to the right.
Benny the Bookies cigar grows longer and shorter during his conversation
When the coach pulls up in Brighton where they are supposed to have their
lunch, Bernie is the first one out. In the shot before he is right at the
When Vic is getting beaten up in the Ghost Train by Lewis, compare the
sound to that of him getting smacked by his Mum at the end of the film.
It's the same sound effect.