Hilarious satire of British trade unionism. Carmichael is an addled but earnest young man who has just finished his army service and now seeks a career in industry. He visits his uncle, Price, who is in cahoots with Attenborough in a most interesting scheme; they would like to arrange a
strike at Price's factory so that Attenborough's factory can take over the contracts and do the work at inflated prices. Price gives Carmichael a job as an unskilled laborer, and his intelligence soon detects several ways to streamline the factory's operation and reap larger profits. This, of
course, angers the union shop steward, Sellers. Carmichael figures out a way to load and unload deliveries and suggests that a new schedule be printed and that the workers live up to it instead of taking tea breaks every other hour. Sellers is livid and calls a strike, which delights Price. But
the laborers at Attenborough's plant go out in sympathy, thus tossing Price and Attenborough's plans into a cocked hat. Things get progressively more ludicrous from there on in.
A sharp screenplay and expert farceurs in every role make this one of the great British comedies of the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the "Carry On" players are here, including Rutherford and her husband, Davis. Even Punch editor Muggeridge takes a turn as the moderator of the TV show. It's subtlety
and slapstick mixed perfectly in a refreshing glace. BAFTA Awards (British Oscars) went to Sellers and to the screenplay.
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- Review: Hilarious satire of British trade unionism. Carmichael is an addled but earnest young man who has just finished his army service and now seeks a career in industry. He visits his uncle, Price, who is in cahoots with Attenborough in a most interesting schem… (more)