Carry On Cabby

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Carry On Cabby
Carry On Cabby (film).jpg
Opening credits from the film
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Produced by Peter Rogers
Written by Talbot Rothwell
Starring Sid James
Hattie Jacques
Kenneth Connor
Charles Hawtrey
Esma Cannon
Liz Fraser
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Archie Ludski
Production
  company
Peter Rogers Productions
Distributed by Anglo-Amalgamated/
Warner-Pathé Distributors
Release date(s)
  • June 1963 (1963-06)
Running time 91 minutes[1][2]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £149,986

Carry On Cabby is the seventh in the series of Carry On films to be made. Released in 1963, it was the first one to be written by Talbot Rothwell (although the first screenplay "Tolly" submitted to Peter Rogers was developed as Carry On Jack) from a story by Dick Hills and Sid Green (script writers for Morecambe and Wise). Regulars Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey are all present. Liz Fraser makes her third appearance (although she'd have to wait 13 years for her next Carry On) and Esma Cannon makes her fourth and final appearance. This was the first film in the series to feature Carry On regular Jim Dale. The previous film in the series, Carry On Cruising, was filmed in colour, but this movie was the penultimate in the series to be shot in black and white. Carry On Cabby was originally planned as a non-Carry On film, called Call Me A Cab (after a stage play) but midway through it became part of the Carry On series.

Plot[edit]

Charlie Hawkins (Sid James) is the workaholic owner of thriving taxi company Speedee Taxis, but his wife Peggy (Hattie Jacques) feels neglected by him. When Charlie misses their fifteenth wedding anniversary, because he's out cabbing, she decides to punish him. Telling Charlie that she's going to 'get a job', she establishes a rival company, GlamCabs. The cars are brand new Ford Cortina Mk1's and driven by attractive girls in provocative uniforms. Flo, the girlfriend of one of Charlie's drivers, similarly neglected, gets the post of office manager.

Charlie continues to coach his mainly inept (and largely ex-army) drivers, including accident-prone Terry "Pintpot" Tankard (Charles Hawtrey), whilst Peggy refuses to tell Charlie what her new 'job' is. Charlie feigns a lack of interest, but he's dying to know. As Charlie unsuccessfully struggles to cope with his wife's absences, and realises just what she had to endure, Peggy's company becomes a thriving success due to the large number of male taxi passengers preferring to ogle her sexy drivers during journeys. Speedee rapidly starts losing money and faces bankruptcy. Peggy feels terrible for what she has done. Charlie and his drivers attempt to sabotage the rival company, but they are chased off.

In desperation, Charlie suggests a merger with his rivals, but is furious to discover who the real owner is and storms off.

A month later, Peggy is living at the office and Charlie has turned to drink, allowing his company to collapse around him. Peggy and Flo are hijacked by bank robbers. Peggy manages to use the taxi radio to subtly reveal their situation and location. Charlie intercepts the broadcast and rallies the other Speedee drivers in pursuit. The robbers are cornered and captured.

Peggy and Charlie are reconciled, especially over the fact that she is expecting a baby.

Cast and Crew[edit]

  • Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell
  • Idea – SC Green & RM Hills
  • Music – Eric Rogers
  • Associate Producer – Frank Bevis
  • Art Director – Jack Stephens
  • Editor – Archie Ludski
  • Director of Photography – Alan Hume
  • Camera Operator – Godfrey Godar
  • Unit Manager – Donald Toms
  • Assistant Director – Peter Bolton
  • Sound Editor – Arthur Ridout
  • Sound Recordists – Bill Daniels & Gordon K McCallum
  • Hairdressing – Biddy Chrystal
  • Make-up Artists – Geoffrey Rodway & Jim Hydes
  • Continuity – Penny Daniels
  • Costume Designer – Joan Ellacott
  • Producer – Peter Rogers
  • Director – Gerald Thomas

Filming and locations[edit]

  • Filming dates – 25 March-7 May 1963

Interiors:

Exteriors:

The filming of Carry On Cabby is portrayed in the BBC drama Hattie, a dramatisation of the life of Hattie Jacques.

See also[edit]

  • Taxi! – contemporary TV series with Sid James in a similar role to Carry On Cabby

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rigelsford 1996, p. 38.
  2. ^ Ross 1998, p. 141.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Davidson, Andy (2012). Carry On Confidential. London: Miwk. ISBN 978-1-908630-01-8. 
  • Sheridan, Simon (2011). Keeping the British End Up – Four Decades of Saucy Cinema. London: Titan Books. ISBN 978-0-85768-279-6. 
  • Webber, Richard (2009). 50 Years of Carry On. London: Arrow. ISBN 978-0-09-949007-4. 
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  • Ross, Robert (1998) [1996]. The Carry On Companion. London: Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-8439-X. 
  • Bright, Morris; Ross, Robert (2000). Mr Carry On – The Life & Work of Peter Rogers. London: BBC Books. ISBN 978-0-563-55183-6. 
  • Rigelsford, Adrian (1996). Carry On Laughing – a celebration. London: Virgin. ISBN 1-85227-554-5. 
  • Hibbin, Sally & Nina (1988). What a Carry On. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 978-0-600-55819-4. 
  • Eastaugh, Kenneth (1978). The Carry On Book. London: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-7403-0. 

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