“Carry On Cabby”

If we had to pick one film of the Carry On series to watch, it would be this film from 1963.

It stars Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale.

The story is a simple one. Charlie and Peggy (Sid and Hattie) are a married couple. The marriage is an unhappy one – Charlie owns a struggling taxi company and has to work hard to make a living. Peggy resents this and wants a life of parties and entertainment. To punish Charlie, she sets up her own company with the idea to beat Charlie’s company out of business.

So, why is this film one of our favourtes? Sure, it looks very dated. It’s not even massively funny.

And that’s exactly it. It’s a glimpse of early 60s England. The Beatles were just around the corner.

The cars, the fashions, the style are indeed dated. When the new cab company is set up, GlamCabs, the female drivers dress in skimpy outfits and drive much more modern vehicles, Ford cars I believe. It probably seemed quite shocking at the time.

There’s loads of driving round the streets of Windsor. It’s a real time capsule of the early 1960s and not to be missed.

There are some brilliant websites and YouTube videos where you can see the locations around Windsor and Maidenhead where many of them were filmed.

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