The Pot Carriers

The Pot Carriers is a 1962 British comedy-drama film directed by Peter Graham Scott and produced by Gordon Scott for ABPC.[1] It stars Ronald Fraser, Paul Massie, Carole Lesley and Dennis Price.[2] The film is largely set in Wandsworth prison and is a remake of the ITV Play of the Week: The Pot Carriers (1960), which writer Mike Watts based on his own prison experiences.[3][4] The film centres around a young prisoner called Rainbow as he struggles to adjust to his first stretch behind bars.[5]

The Pot Carriers
British quad poster by Tom Chantrell
Directed byPeter Graham Scott
Produced byGordon Scott
Screenplay byT.J Morrison
Mike Watts
StarringRonald Fraser
Paul Massie
Carole Lesley
CinematographyErwin Hillier
Release date
  • 18 May 1962 (1962-05-18) (UK)
Running time
84 minutes


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing "Script and direction take a personable view of prison life, showing the prisoners as individuals. Though the picture is filled with humorous moments, underneath is the continual feeling of the degradation and humiliation the prisoners must endure."[6] David McGillivray in the Radio Times also rated the film 3/5 stars, describing it as "Part social drama, part knockabout comedy, this is an odd but entertaining account of British prison life in the 1950s," and concluded that "the depiction of repetitive prison routine (the title refers to the detested practice of "slopping out") still has an impact."[4]


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