Carry On Loving
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Carry On Loving is the twentieth Carry On film. It was released in 1970. Many fictitious locations playing on the theme of sex such as Much-Snogging-On-The-Green, Rogerham Mansions and Dunham Road appear in the film.
Sid and Sophie's "Wedded Bliss" agency purports to bring together lonely hearts using computer matching technology. Actually couples are paired-up at random by Sophie. Bliss himself consistently avoids marrying his business partner and long term girlfriend Sophie, and instead puts more energy into pursuing agency client, seamstress Esme Crowfoot (Joan Sims), who consistently rejects his advances.
Confirmed bachelor and marriage counsellor Percival Snooper (Kenneth Williams) is inept at his job due to lack of personal experience in the area. He becomes a client of the agency to find a wife, to help him in his job. James Bedsop (Charles Hawtrey) is a private detective hired by Sophie to spy on the activities of Sid out of office hours when he supposedly "vets" the female clients, including Esme Crowfoot. Milquetoast Bertrum Muffet (Richard O'Callaghan) winds-up with model Sally Martin (Jacki Piper) after the agency muddled his directions to a blind date. Client Terry Philpotts (Terry Scott) suffers several failures in his dealings with the agency before finding romance with beautiful Jenny Grubb (Imogen Hassall), another of the agency's clients. She later moves in with Sally and becomes a model. Percival's association with Sophie provokes his jealous housekeeper, the dowdy Miss Dempsey (Patsy Rowlands), to reveal her sexy, seductive side. Esme's estranged lover, volatile wrestler Gripper Burke (Bernard Bresslaw), returns to cause havoc in a case of mistaken identity.