Carry On Cabby – 1963
Carry On Film number seven. Carry On Cabby hit the big screens in 1963 and was reputably Hattie Jacques’ favourite of the series. Although the seventh film it was the first one written by series mainstay Talbot Rothwell (although the first screenplay he submitted to producer Peter Rogers was developed as Carry On Jack).
On the casting front most of the regulars are here, but the film was notable by the absence of Kenneth Williams. 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. Jim Dale makes his first appearence as a Carry On regular.
Carry On Cruising had been filmed in technicolour but Carry On Cabby went back to Black and White.
Charlie Hawkins (Sid James), is the workaholic owner of 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.
Written By: Talbot Rothwell
Produced By: Peter Rogers
Directed By: Gerald Thomas
Release Date: June 1963