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Carry On Loving (Special Edition) [DVD]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2006
Though variable in quality and quite dated, Carry On Loving hit contemporary times perfectly in this mildly risqué offering. Here the team are entering into the spirit of more liberal times, something director Gerald Thomas and producer Peter Rogers intended to loosely draw upon.

Carry On Loving is similar in content to an earlier addition in the series, 'Regardless' (1960), with a series of sketches, all connected a to a fraudulent dating agency, run by Sid James and Hattie Jacques. Their characters, Sid and Sophie Bliss, are a couple who pretend they're married as a ploy to make their shoddy dating agency look more genuine than it actually is. They have a wide variation of clients on their database such as a bachelor who just so happens to be a marriage guidance councilor who is seeking a girlfriend, and a young, naieve man who's desperate to lose his virginity.

Some may argue that the formula of the Carry On's was beginning to wear a little thin at this stage, but despite a few nondescript scenes where the pace becomes a little tedious on occasions, it is overall highly entertaining, ending with a fun cake fight scene where the cast are all gathered together in one big mass ceremony finale that, despite its lack of originality, makes for a classic ending.

Some of the regulars on show in this offering are looking a little older now, while some are unfairly restricted to minor supporting turns. Sid James is basically Sid James, beefing up his usual masculine charms on any woman that takes his fancy (mainly Joan Sims), while Hattie Jacques, who always brought a sense of grace with her inimitable characterisations, plays his pretend wife, Sophie, and shares some sparkling scenes with both Sid James and Kenneth Williams.

Joan Sims is unfairly pigeon-holed in a supporting though effective role as the amorous spinster, Esme Crowfoot, who lives in the constant shadow of her fierce partner, known as Gripper Burke (as he's a wrestler). Joan Sims shares some fun scenes with Sid James and has one hysterical one with Kenneth Williams towards the climax of the film.

Kenneth Williams is another stalwart of the series who is (surprisingly) restricted to a supporting role as the typically pompous yet inefficient marriage guidance councilor, Percival Snooper. His superior demands for him to become married after a series of complaints from his clients who all believe he knows nothing about married life (which is evidently true). He quickly succumbs to the advances of the formidable Hattie Jacques.

Charles Hawtrey turns up as a private investigator, hot on the trail of Sid James following Hattie Jacques suspicions of his shady relationship with Joan Sims. While he is as amusing as always he is also given limited screen time and doesn't feel like a real participant in the film, having very little interaction with any of his fellow Carry On colleagues.

Terry Scott, who had appeared in various Carry On entries, plays Terence Philpott, an accident-prone man with a youthful innocence, resurrecting a role that was seemingly tailor-made for Jim Dale. He gets to play some great scenes opposite Imogen Hassall whom is wonderfully transformed from dowdy into a luscious beauty. The scenes they share when Terry Scott goes to visit her for the first time at her family's stately home are of significant comic value and Joan Hickson turns up in a fantastic cameo here, playing the stern, no-nonsense mother. There's also the fun sequence of the two trying to enjoy a quiet night in together but are continually disturbed by the rest of his girlfriends flatmates and their trivial domestic matters.

Jaki Piper, who had previously starred in 'Up The Jungle', plays a model who, through a comic misunderstanding, ends up meeting and falling in love with the dopey and accident-prone Richard O' Callaghan. Their is some nice scenes between the two as their romance steadily builds up.

Other Carry On players that show up include Bernard Bresslaw as the manic wrestler, Gripper Burke, and also a great role here for Patsy Rolands who sparkles in all of her few number of scenes as the dowdy housekeeper of Percival Snooper (Kenneth Williams). Feeling threatened that her job will come to an end after Percival announces to her that he will be marrying Sophie Bliss, she hilariously does her very best to split the two up after it becomes blatantly obvious that she is in fact in love with him herself. The transformation of her from dowdy to glam is fantastically played by Patsy Rolands in possibly her best role in a Carry On film.

Though by no means is this one of the best, but Carry On Loving, overall, is still definitely worth a look and really captures a certain era (the dawn of the swinging seventies) impeccably well. It's just a shame that this film is so underrated.

Ian Phillips
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2000
This time Sidney James and Hattie Jaques run a dating agency together called The Wedded Bliss Agency and put couples together using their 'computer'. The two of them pretend to be a loving married couple for the buisness, but really they despise each other and want to murder each other. They put some strange couples together and things start to go haywire. Meanwhile Sid has taken a liking to Esme Crowfood (Joan Sims), a client of theirs, and Hattie has taken a liking to Kenneth Williams character, soon enough the two of them start going behind each other's back and both hiring a detective (Charles Hawtry) to spy on one and other. Another great film in the Carry ON Collection and Sid James and Hattie Jaques are marvelous as the main roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As the 1970s began, the Carry On team would continue undaunted by a new decade and a changing of the times, they instead embraced it with innuendo laden open arms - for better and worse as would prove to be the case.

"Loving" finds Sid James and Hattie Jaques as a boyfriend and girlfriend couple operating under false pretences as a wedded bliss couple running a computer dating agency. The central theme is that of a number of hapless and lovelorn singletons who hope to get fixed up by the "Bliss Agency", only to find disaster after disaster, mismatch after mismatch, befalling those hoping for Cupid/Eros' arrows to strike.

It's all very plot less, a sort of rerun of Carry On Regardless but with the amiable vignettes of that film replaced here with more knowingly bawdy and sexy scenarios. Terry Scott and James have fun as randy old devils, each thrust into a number of awkward situations via angry girlfriends & boyfriends, Kenny Williams gets the best part of the screenplay as a marriage guidance counsellor - and confirmed bachelor - hopelessly out of his depth when push comes to shove (ooh-err), while Jacki Piper and Imogen Hassall positively steam up the screen with underwear and push-up-bra revelations.

The 70s would prove to be a troublesome decade for the series, and this does feel like the start of the slide, which is annoying since the rather cheeky and funny Carry On Up the Jungle was also released this same year. There is some value in "Loving", it has Sid and Hattie as a warring couple, which is always fun to be part of, while Williams and Scott throw themselves into their roles - just as Bernard Bresslaw steals scenes as a hulking wrestler miffed at Joan Sims' being the apple of Sid James' eye! But it feels forced and although it has some moments for fans to enjoy, the high points of Carry On Up the Kyber and the box office gold of Carry On Camping would ultimately prove to be nostalgic glances back to the series' better days. 6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
carry on loving and the year is 1970,a new ethos as i understand had creeped into a new decade,a new social train of thought had blossomed ,those who lived the 70s first hand will say that this was a great and hip time,the swinging 70s indeed and carry on loving embraced that with open arms in my humble opinion.

Carry on loving explores dating agencies,sid james and hattie jacques have a facade where they own a dating company and pretend they are man and wife when they aint,throughout the film a series of customers ask for help to find a partner and the mishaps roll out in all their glory,the cast here is brilliant again ,no babs though which is a shame as she would have enjoyed this film,nevertheless,terry scott excels as a man who wants to find a wife,he has the attitude of the time and wont settle for anything less than what he wants,there are other stories which intert play into one another and the finale here is a classic food fight moment which would have been enjoyed by one and all,a great start to the 70s for the series.
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on 16 August 2015
This Carry On was originally released in 1970. The Carry Ons, like the Hammer Horror films, experienced a decline during the 1970s and they both released some very poor films during this decade. Carry On loving, while not a patch on series entries such as Carry On Doctor or Carry on Camping, is still an enjoyable watch and still has some good comedy moments. It revolves around a dating agency, run by Sid James and Hattie Jacques, who are not even married! Most of the film, however, centres on their strange clients, including Terry Scott and the ever-reliable Kenneth Williams, who plays a marriage guidance counsellor, but who is a bachelor! Bernard Bresslaw and Peter Butterworth have amusing cameos, though Charles Hawtrey has a smaller role than usual. The welcome eye candy for the lads is provided by Jacki Piper and Imogen Hassall. Barbara Windsor does not feature in this film, though, so at least we are spared her presence and this makes the film a lot more bearable. I have always enjoyed this film and I think it it still better than films such as Carry On Up The Jungle and Carry On Jack, among several others. The smuttiness level is also ramped up more in this film, presumably to compete with the saucier films that were coming out at the same time. I think it is one of the sauciest PG films that I have ever seen. I give it three stars, because it is far from the best of the Carry Ons, but it is also far from their worst too. It is still entertaining, though a tad dated, but worth checking out if you love the Carry On films. You could certainly do a lot worse than this.
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on 5 June 2011
the usual carry on farce about a dating agency and matching people up who are not quite what they seem . its not quite as good as some of the other carry ons but worth a look if your a fan like me. and very well priced as well. give it a go.the usual line up are in this dvd.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2003
Being number 19 in a long eries, you might be forgiven for thinking that the films would be running out of stea, but to me this is almost as funny as the best in the series. This film marks the transition to comical inuendo to darn right smut, but for me this works. The basic plot: sid and hattie run a marriage bureau, of whom they have clients such as joan sims. Richard o'sullivan (also staring in convenience)also stars as the nerdy guy after a woman. berny breslaw plays joans husband and kenny williams plays a marriage gudiance counsellor. This was a really funny one for me and id recommend everyone do what ive done and buy it!
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on 10 December 2012
what else can you say other than this is a classic! suitable for all ages. extremely funny and a tiny bit naughty. quick delivery, packaged well and fantastic price! i highly recommend it.
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on 23 August 2013
Carry on whatever one it may, when watching any one it will always raises a smile with me this being one of my favourites along with a few others I never tire of watching these classics.
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on 23 March 2013
yes they can be smuty at times but at least they are films that the whole family can watch as they are not violent and we could all do with a laugh at the moment
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