Publicity

 

Story

Sidney (Sid James) and Sophie Bliss (Hattie Jacques) run the Wedded Bliss Agency, a lonely hearts' bureau which uses the latest cutting edge computer technology to match clients with the ideal partner – or so it seems.  In truth, Sid and Sophie aren't even married and their computer is as real as their relationship. Clients are matched completely at random, assuming of course that Sid doesn't get to them first.

 

 

A Peter Rogers Production
Directed by Gerald Thomas

1970
Colour

Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Music: Eric Rogers
Certificate A/PG
88 minutes

Sidney Bliss -
Sid James
Percival Snooper
Kenneth Williams
James Bedsop -
Charles Hawtrey
Esme Crowfoot -
Joan Sims
Sophie Bliss -
Hattie Jacques
Terence Philpot -
Terry Scott

Gripper Burke

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Bernard Bresslaw
Bertie Muffett -
Richard O'Callaghan
Sally Martin -
Jacki Piper
Jenny Grubb -
Imogen Hassall
Miss Dempsey -
Patsy Rowlands
Aunt Victoria -
Ann Way
Mr Dreery -
Bill Maynard
Trainer -
Tom Clegg
Woman -
Lucy Griffiths
Man in Hospital -
Anthony Sagar
Bishop -
Derek Francis
Emily -
Alexandra Dane
Wife -
Anna Karen
Husband -
Laurie Lupino Lane
Barman -
Bill Pertwee
Bus Conductor -
Kenny Lynch
Mr Thrush -
Norman Chappell
Mr Roxby -
James Beck
Mrs Roxby -
Yutte Stensgaard
Client -
Peter Butterworth

 

 

"If you decide to look for romance, don't expect to find any joy at the Wedded Bliss Agency.

If you're looking for laughs, on the other hand, this should be your first port of call.

Sid and Sophie Bliss are the proprietors and they are living a romantic lie, they're not even married!

Their computer system is a "miracle of modern technology" and certainly comes up with some hysterical pairings.

Carry On Loving is just one thing on top of another and it has one of the best slapstick finales in the series!"
 

Review

In Carry On Loving, the team take a definitive step towards sex comedy.  Innuendo is jettisoned in favour of sexual freedom, loose morals and a general feeling that this is an entirely more grown-up and rather less family friendly Carry On film than we have ever seen before.  Sex, or rather a tongue in cheek, boggle-eyed appreciation of it, had been one of the mainstays of the Carry On films since the early 1960s.  During the more liberated late 60s and early 70s, it became inevitable that to move with the times the Carry Ons would have to become more overtly sexual.

With all that in mind, it’s a relief to see the result be every bit as charming, entertaining and genuinely hilarious as the best of the Carry Ons up to this point.  Unlike later dalliances with more direct adult content, Carry On Loving never feels uncomfortably sexual.  The film doesn’t shy away from the subject of sex, nor does it stray too far into adult territory.  Loving is a Carry On masterpiece.
 
Sid and Hattie are the lynchpins around whom the film revolves as, invoking the spirit of the earlier Carry On that was set in the very same building, a series of set pieces are constructed around the loose scenario of the Wedded Bliss agency.  It is Carry On Regardless for the free-love generation.
 
Richard O’Callaghan takes on the awkward romantic role and does so beautifully - his innocent gormlessness is delightful.  Meanwhile, Kenneth Williams, Sid, Hattie and Charles are our links to the world of the Carry Ons we know so well.  In a film where so much is new and out of the ordinary in terms of cast and tone, they anchor us to the fact that we are still basically on familiar territory.