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Carry On Loving is a 1970 movie that marks the 20th Carry On in the British film series. It stars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques, Terry Scott, Richard O'Callaghan, Bernard Bresslaw, Jacki Piper, and Imogen Hassall.

At the end of the 1960's, discussions of sex and physical relationships were becoming common among the British public and it soon became unfashionable to be "prudish" towards that sort of talk. Unsurprisingly, Carry On films soon followed suit with that sort of humor (take that bra scene from Carry On Camping, for example).

Loving tells the story of a dating agency that hopes to matchmake singletons successfully, whether wrong or right. This agency is run by the constantly feuding couple Sid Bliss and Sophie Plummet (James and Jacques), who put on a facade to their beaming customers as a successful matchup from a coupling computer that they own, which is secretly controlled by Sophie in a back-room. Numerous customers arrive, hoping to find the person of their dreams, but through Sid and Sophie's constant bickering over whom should go with whom, they seem to end up with people they would unlikely have chemistry with.


Shy undertaker's assistant Bertram Muffet (O'Callaghan) is matched with model Sally Martin (Piper), whilst the constantly-trialed Terry Philpot (Scott) is partnered with the traditionally-raised Jenny Grubb (Hassall), who lives with her really large family. Meanwhile, Percival Snooper (Williams) the marriage counselor hopes to try out a relationship, becoming the secret object of Sophie's affections, unaware that his housekeeper Miss Dempsey (Patsy Rowlands) has been in love with him for years. However, Sophie's apparent "cheating" on Sid is justified by the movie because of her large suspicion over her boyfriend's infatuation with client Esme Crowfoot (Sims), eventually hiring James Bedsop (Hawtrey), a private detective, to investigate further. As for Esme, she is already involved with wrestler Gripper Burke (Bresslaw), who is prone to fits of violent jealousy against men he thinks are pursuing Esme...


Hilarity Ensues.

Tropes Included:

  • Accidental Misnaming: When Bertram Muffet gives his name to Sid Bliss, Sid mishears his surname as "Muffin" and makes jokes about finding him some crumpet to go with that. He refers to Bertram as "Mr. Muffin" several further times during the scene, and though he does acknowledge Bertram's corrections each time, he never quite seems to take them on board.
    Sid: Yes, that's fine with Mr. Muffin.
    Bertram: Muffet.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Jenny is the only Grubb to find Terry's clumsiness endearing, and has to hold back her laughter.
    • While Bertram is thoroughly embarrassed about picking up Sally thinking she was Esme, Sally finds it hilarious and wants to meet up with Bertram again.
  • A-Cup Angst: Sally's room-mate Gaye, who wears fake breasts to put in her bra.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Sid and Sophie use lots to pretend to be happy couple, such as "darling", "my dove", or "sugar puff".
    • Gripper calls Esme "Pussycat".
    • Sally calls Bertram "Bertie".
    • Miss Dempsey calls Percival "Percy" when trying to make Sophie jealous.
  • Alliterative Name: After seeing Mr. Bedsop disguised as an Indian, Sid calls him Bombay Bond.
  • All There in the Script:
    • Mr. Snooper's boss is named Mr. Robinson in cast lists.
    • Aside from Jenny, none of the Grubbs get named in the film, however cast lists reveals several of their names, such as Aunt Victoria, Uncle Ernest, Aunt Beatrice and Wilberforce.
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees:
    • The bus Bertram travels on has a bus conductor, which was discontinued in Britain in (at least) the 1980's when buses gained electrical technology to take passenger tickets at the driver's seat.
    • Sid drenches himself with a bucket of icy water from the fire extinguisher area in Rogerham Mansions. Today, you'd either see a fire extinguisher pump or a bucket of sand, but mostly the former.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Mr. Bedsop is definitely this, although he seems to be a proper one, which might play up to Charles Hawtrey's common common character type.
  • Auto Erotica:
    • The lovers openly make out on the bus, much to Bertram's amazement.
    • Terry later catches the lovers making out in a parked car on his way to Jenny's house.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Miss Dempsey flirts outrageously with Mr. Snooper to try and win his affections instead of Sophie.
    Miss Dempsey: Always buys me a little present afterwards, eh, after I've done something especially nice for 'im.
    Mr. Snooper: Miss Dempsey, please!
    Miss Dempsey: Well, I better go before I say something I shouldn't.
  • The Bluebeard: A customer turns up at Sid and Sophie's calling only referred to as "Dr. Crippen" and says his wives have a strange habit of dying shortly after marrying him. The first ate poisoned mushrooms, the second died of a fractured skull (as "Crippen" explains, "She wouldn't eat the mushrooms").
    Sid: Are your wives dead?
    "Dr. Crippen": That's right.
    Sid: I see.
    "Dr. Crippen": The first wife died from eating mushrooms.
    Sid: Ooh, I'm sorry to 'ear that.
    "Dr. Crippen": So was she. (Beat) The second wife died from a fractured skull.
    Sid: A fractured skull? How did that happen?
    "Dr. Crippen": Wouldn't eat the mushrooms.
    Sid: "Wouldn't eat the mu-". Thank you "Dr. Crippen". Don't call us, we'll call you.
  • Brownface: Mr. Bedsop follows Sid disguised as an Indian, complete with turban. When caught, he tries speaking in You No Take Candle.
  • Bungled Suicide:
    • Sid lies to Esme that he tried to drown himself in the canal, but forgot he could swim.
    • Adrian tries to shoot himself in the head, but Bertram forces the gun away at the last moment.
  • Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage: Sid and Sophie match up people that either hate each other or have no chemistry whatsoever.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bertram, who seems to be the only character that gets seriously injured.
  • Buxom Is Better: The reason why the Adrian the modelling photographer hires Jenny, taking note of her "watermelons".
    Adrian: Oh darling, let me rest my mince pies. Phwoar, they are... great! Knockout!
  • The Cameo:
    • Bill Maynard as Mr. Dreery, the angry customer who yells at Mr. Snooper during therapy.
    • An uncredited Peter Butterworth, who plays "Dr. Crippen".
    • Recurring actor Julian Holloway as Adrian the modelling photographer. He is also dating Sally's room-mate Gaye, who is suspicious with his behaviour around other female models.
    • Recurring actress Patsy Rowlands as Mr. Snooper's housekeeper Miss Dempsey.
  • Camping a Crapper: Sid hides out in a toilet cubical to avoid Mr. Bedsop.
  • Catfight: During the Food Fight, Esme and Sally target each other and pull the others' hair after Bertram (Sally's boyfriend) laughs at Gripper (Esme's fiancé).
  • Chastity Couple: Mr. Snooper intends to marry, but says that his wife-to-be wouldn't need to share a bed with him, because his house is big enough for her to have her own room.
  • Christmas Cake: Sophie and Miss Dempsey, who fight for Mr. Snooper's affections.
  • The Clan: The Grubb family, a large family full of stoic oldies. The only exception is young and lovely Jenny.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Miss Dempsey becomes one after discovering Sophie intends to marry Mr. Snooper and decides to break them up by any means necessary.
    Miss Dempsey: Throw me aside like an old, worn-out slipper? After all the years I've slaved for him? Well if I can't 'ave it, nobody is if I can prevent it.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Esme pulls Mr. Snooper's trousers down accidentally when she's trying to embrace him, just as Sophie walks into the room to get a glimpse of his orange underwear.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Mr. Dreery tells Mr. Snooper that he and his wife never have relations or intercourse, Mr. Snooper thinks he's talking about inviting family over and having conversations.
    • When Sophie asks Mr. Snooper if he wants to have a child, Mr. Snooper thinks she's talking about what woman she'll set him up with and tells her he'd prefer one fully grown.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Mr. Snooper is one, having no time in his life for a wife. He eventually ends up with his housekeeper, Miss Dempsey, much to her delight and his annoyance.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Grubb, the only one of Jenny's relatives who doesn't hate Terry on sight.
    Grandma Grubb: I like him!
  • Country Matters: Gripper's last name is "Burke", a play on the word "berk" which means "cunt" in Cockney Rhyming Slang. It fits him too, seeing how violent and angry he is.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Sid is furious when Sophie gives Bertram the card of Esme, because he wants her to himself.
    • Pro-wrestler Gripper Burke is this towards Esme. When Bertram shows up for a date, Gripper immediately goes to kill him.
  • Creature of Habit: Mr. Snooper gives Sophie a speech about how he has to do his various leisure activities once a week.
  • Creepy Family: The Grubb family, for definite. Terry is immediately put in an awkward place when he enters with all of the family sitting in silence, staring at his seat, and eventually, him.
  • Creepy Monotone: "Dr. Crippen", who is also very emotionless for a man that seems to be unlucky in love with loads of dead wives.
  • Cue Card Pause: Sid does so when reading Mr. Snooper's details off his card.
    Sid: "Hobbies: Reading, walking, playing bridge, and poking..." (Beat) "...around antique shops".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Gripper's fight with Bertram, who he thinks is Esme is cheating on him with; Gripper throws him around the room and he ends up in hopsital with a broken hand and bandaged head.
    • Gripper's fight with Miss Dempsey, who's protecting Mr. Snooper; she throws him into a coffee table and then out of the window.
  • Curse Cut Short: Sophie calls Mr. Bedsop on the phone and asks him to track Sid, so Mr. Bedsop asks her to describe him:
    Mr. Bedsop: "Rotten. Cheating. Lying bas-"... no! No, Mrs. Bliss, a physical description if you please.
  • Dating Service Disaster: The movie in a nutshell. The "sophisticated computer" Sid and Sophie use to match their clients is purely decorative; Sophie herself chooses the matches seemingly at random, and the couples are almost invariably complete mismatches (The only happy couple in the film are Bertram and Sally, and even then they met by accident). In the final scene, the many ill-matched couples who used Sid and Sophie's services are gathered in one room, giving each other (and Sid and Sophie, themselves) death glares.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Sid has a scene's worth of this when taking down Bertram's personal details to feed into the "computer".
      Sid: And what are you interested in?
      Bertram: (Nervous laughter) Same as most chaps like to do, I suppose.
      Sid: And that is...?
      Bertram: Well, I don't know, I've never done it yet.
      Sid: You should try it, it's lovely. Er, mm-hm, ah you see wh-what I'm trying to do is find out what you like to do so that I can fix you up with a girl who likes it too.
      Bertram: Oh, yes, I would like a girl who likes it too.
      Sid: Yes, it is handy. Er, hobbies?
      Bertram: Oh. Well, my main one is making model aeroplanes.
      Sid: Model aeroplanes?
      Bertram: Yes, out of milk bottle tops.
      Sid: Milk bottle tops?
      Bertram: Yes, they're not flying models, of course.
      Sid: No? You surprise me. Any other hobbies?
      Bertram: I rather like collecting book matches. You know, all the different packets.
      Sid: Ahh, well I don't think we'll have much trouble finding you a girl who likes making model aeroplanes out of milk bottle tops and... collecting the odd packet.
    • Terry, such as when encouraged to continue making out with Jenny as if they hadn't been interrupted by Bertram.
      Terry: Chance would be a fine thing.
  • Death Glare: All the unhappy couples give each other these as they attend Sid and Sophie's wedding.
  • Dirty Coward: When Terry comes demanding a refund, Sid tries to set up a date with Esme, knowing full well that Gripper might kill him.
  • Dirty Old Man: Sid, who "vets" some of the female clients. When Terry tells him that one of his dates is pregnant, Sid immediately checks the date he had sex with her.
    Sophie: "Vet"? Is that the new word for it?!
  • The Door Slams You: When Adrian tries to follow her into her room, Gaye slams the door into him.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Sophie frequently chases Sid around their office while beating him with whatever comes to hand.
    Sophie: I'll fix you Sidney Bliss!
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Sid lies to Esme he tried to drown himself after she rejected him to gain her sympathy.
    • Adrian tries to shoot himself after Gaye won't forgive him.
  • Either/Or Title: Carry On Loving or It's Not What You Feel, It's the Way That You Feel it or Two's Company but Three's Quite Good Fun Too or Love is a Four Letter Word or It's Just One Thing on Top of Another.
  • Establishing Character Moment: We first see Bertram when he is awestruck by the lovers making out on the bus, which lets us know he is inexperienced with love, but isn't put off by it.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Sid may have no problem setting up people that have no chemistry and hate each other, but when the murderous "Dr. Crippen" tries to register with the agency, Sid rips up his card in front of him to save any of his clients from a mushroom-related death.
  • Fake Shemp: Most of the time you can see Bertram during the Food Fight, he is played by a body double, due to Richard O'Callaghan being unavailable for the shooting of the scene.
  • Fauxreigner: Mr. Bedsop wears a turban and Brownface to disguise himself as an Indian and follow Sid around.
  • Fictional Document:
    • The Wit To Woo, the book Sid wrote on love.
    • In the hospital, Bertram reads The Art of Self Defense.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Sid hopes to invoke this with Esme by drenching himself in water to convince her that he was Driven to Suicide by throwing himself in the canal when she began to ignore him.
    Esme: Canal? What canal?
    Sid: What does it matter "What canal"?! They've all got water, haven't they?
  • Follow That Car: Sid flags a cab and tells it to go to Rogerham Mansions. When it takes off without him, he flags down another cab and tells it to "follow that cab", and this cab also drives off without him, leaving him incredibly annoyed.
  • Food Fight: The couples attend Sid and Sophie's wedding together, despite loathing the partner they've ended up with, and their grudges are taken out through this way.
  • Food Slap: At the wedding, Sophie finally has enough of Sid's cheating and gives him a cake to the face. Then Esme takes out Gripper with a champagne bottle and hits Bertram with a cake of her own and it all escalates from there.
  • Freudian Slip: Sid has an amusing one when trying to hail a taxi after leering at some girls in miniskirts.
    Sid: Jacksie! (Beat) Taxi!
  • Get Out!: Mr. Snooper kicks Mr. and Mrs. Dreery out of his office after Mr. Dreery starts shouting at him.
  • The Ghost: Judging by the large files that Sid and Sophie keep in their cabinets, there are many other clients that they keep an eye on. Terry walks into the office after going out with another client that doesn't appear onscreen. This is subverted in the final scene; when Sid and Sophie (reluctantly) get married, all the clients are seen sitting at the dinner table looking miserable with their match-ups.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sid and Sophie's feuding has led to Sid secretly trying to compete with her, despite loathing every moment they share with each other. When Sophie is told by Mr. Bedsop that Sid set up the Mr. Snooper date sabotage, she goes back to apologise to him, but Sid quickly grabs her and claims that he wants to marry her. That way, she can never beat him in finding love.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm:
    • Once Sophie finds out what Sid has been up to, she takes the bottle of champagne he gives her and smashes it over his head. Amazingly, he doesn't get a concussion, or a similar injury.
    • When a snarling Gripper tells Esme he'll deal with her later, Esme cracks him over the head with bottle and sends him to the ground.
  • Handsome Lech: Adrian the sleazy photographer. Despite dating Gaye he flirts with Jenny and knocks about with other models.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: Sid and Sophie might as well be the poster children for this trope. They're supposedly boyfriend and girlfriend but they really loathe each other to the core, to the point of throwing objects at each other when they argue.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: After Mr. Dreery tells him he can't fit his arse on a chair his wife bought him, Mr. Snooper makes a joke about turning the other cheek.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Sally states that she's been a lingerie model for so long, she is used to being in a room with a man in her underwear. Through a large misunderstanding, she finds out this way that Bertram, who has just turned up to her house, isn't the modeling photographer she's expecting.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Most infamously, between Terry and Jenny, who are trying to be intimate in the living room, but are interrupted over and over. First Sally walks in looking for her blue sweater, then pops out again to tell them she found it, then Gaye comes out of her room to rant about Adrian, then Adrian himself comes over and starts banging on Gaye's door, then Bertram arrives to pick up Sally and makes awkward small talk, then finally Adrian storms out of Gaye's room with a gun and tries to kill himself.
    Terry: Go on! Shoot the lot then maybe we'll get some peace!
  • It's for a Book: Mr. Snooper works as a marriage counsellor, but is not married, so he hopes to find a wife so he can get his clients' experiences.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Mr. Snooper's housekeeper, Miss Dempsey, who secretly has feelings for him and will do anything to keep him.
  • The Klutz: Terry smashes saucers and trips over everything when meeting Jenny and her family, although it's justified due to Twerp Sweating.
    Mrs. Grubb: Would you mind resuming your seat before you wreck the entire house?
  • Letting Her Hair Down: After moving out of her family home, Jenny lets her hair go free, much to Terry's delight.
  • Low Clearance: Gripper knocks his head on a low-hanging light when he rushes out to get Esme from Mr. Snooper's house.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Throughout the film the lovers can be spotted making out on a bus, in a parked car, in a toilet cubical, in an elevator, in a phone box and under a table.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: The matchmaking computer is all a facade and only gives out the "perfect matches" from Sophie standing on the other side of the wall and sticking through a random card.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Mr. Snooper is a marriage counselor but has never actually been married, being a Confirmed Bachelor. Being told he needs some hands-on experience, he goes to Sid and Sophie's, where he catches her eye. After some misunderstandings, he ends up with his housekeeper Miss Dempsey, who's had feelings for him for years, and looks miserable at the prospect of marrying her.
  • Meaningful Name: Gripper Burke the wrestler, because he's got a tight grip and won't let you go, and he's a massive berk.
  • Mistaken Identity: When they first meet, Bertram mistakes Sally for his date as prescribed by Sid and Sophie's dating agency; Sally mistakes Bertram for the photographer who is due to shoot her latest modelling job. When the misunderstandings are cleared up, they find they actually get on very well with each other.
  • Mythology Gag: The headshot of Sally that the barman shows Sid was a publicity shot of Jacki Piper taken on the set of Carry On Up the Jungle.
  • Newspaper-Thin Disguise: Mr. Bedsop hides behind a newspaper with two eye-holes cut out when waiting for Sid to arrive at the Parkview Hotel Cocktail Bar.
  • Nice Guy: Bertram is always kind and polite to everyone, even after getting put in hospital by Gripper.
  • No Full Name Given:
    • We don't get to know Adrian, Gaye, Henry or Emily's last names.
    • The same can be said for Miss Dempsey, Mrs. Grubb, Mr. Dreery and Mrs. Dreery's first names.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Something happened between Sid and Esme the night before the film started that made her refuse to speak to him.
    • Sophie and Mr. Bedsop mention they met at a wedding, although all we find out about said wedding is that Mr. Bedsop guarded the presents and the bride went missing and still hasn't been found.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • Gripper meets up with Esme to court her in her apartment just as Sid sneaks out of the bedroom window. When Gripper spots Sid's clothes, he becomes angry and threatens to kill any man that might want to become friendly with Esme. Then the doorbell rings and the oblivious Bertram walks in to meet up with her, making Gripper wrestle him and throw him across the room.
    • The angry Miss Dempsey trying to scare Sophie away with false claims of a physical relationship with her master, and Mr. Snooper's obvious looks of confusion.
    • Esme trying to launch herself onto Mr. Snooper, and managing to pull his trousers down as he tries to escape, just as the already-annoyed Sophie wanders through the door.
  • Oblivious to Love: Mr. Snooper never noticed Miss Dempsey's ready-to-please behaviour as a sign that she is interested in him, even though she's lived under his roof for years.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: When Miss Dempsey picks up Gripper and throws him out the window, it is obvious that Patsy Rowlands isn't holding Bernard Bresslaw, but rather a stuffed dummy dressed in his clothes.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Sally and Bertram's first meeting is full of this trope. Sally talks about all the situations that photographers have wanted her to pose in (such as in the bathroom or lying across the floor), and Bertram just assumes that she's either flirting or Really Gets Around.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Sid's first name is Sidney, but only Sophie calls him that when angry at him.
    • Likewise, Sophie's first name is Sophia, but only Mr. Snooper calls her so.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Sally visits Bertram in hospital to apologize for the misunderstanding during their first meeting. While they talk about what happened and laugh about how silly the event had been, Bertram's bed neighbour overhears them talking about Sally stripping to her underwear and lying around the room, and asks Bertram whether the story is true after she leaves - especially the part when Bertram ran out in embarrassment. When Bertram confirms that the story's true, the bed neighbour glares at him in worry and mumbles to himself.
    Man in Hospital: Blimey, and you say there's nothing wrong with ya...
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Mr. Bedsop follows Sid, he changes his hat to a beret and sticks a large fake beard on. The confused policeman and Sid are not fooled and Mr. Bedsop is taken away for suspicious behaviour.
  • Pie in the Face: In the climactic Food Fight, the two lovers stops kissing long enough for the girl look up and see what's going on, and get a cream pie in the face. She doesn't even wipe it off, and goes back to making out again.
  • Plot Hole:
    • The lovers can seen making out in the toilet cubical next to Sid, however despite Sid leaving before them the lovers somehow make it to Rogerham Mansions before he does.
    • How is the Wedded Bliss Agency able to tell Sally what hospital Bertram's in? It's possible Sid may have stuck around to see Bertram go in the ambulance after Gripper's attack, but judging by how he left himself it's unlikely.
  • Police Are Useless: Well, Mr. Bedsop is more of a private investigator, and he is not really incompetent, but he makes no attempt to hide the fact that he's following Sid (keeping a close distance behind him instead of waiting at every corner). And when he follows Sid into a public restroom, he decides to check all the cubicles to find him (which Sid had apparently anticipated).
  • Porn Stache: Adrian has one, perfectly befitting his sleazy nature.
  • Potty Failure: Esme asks Sid if his trousers are wet after being in the canal, but Sid misinterprets her to think she meant he had wet himself.
    Esme: Have you wet your trousers?
    Sid: Eh? Oh, oh yes. Well, I mean, I wen' in feet-first, didn't I?
  • Pun-Based Title: Sid's book, The Wit To Woo, is a play on "too-wit too-woo", the onomatopoeia of an owl's call.
  • Punny Names:
    • Much Snogging on-the-Green.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Dreery.
    • Rogerham Mansions, on Dunham Road. Lampshaded when Sid tries to get a taxi there.
      Taxi Driver: Watch it! Don't use language like that to me mate.
  • Running Gag: Throughout the film a two lovers pop up in different locations openly making out. They do so on a bus, in a parked car, in a toilet cubical, in an elevator, in a phone box and under a table.
  • Seemingly-Wholesome '50s Girl: Jenny. After she moves out of her family's house, she throws away her Puritan outfits and wears short dresses that shows everything off. Terry can't believe his eyes when he sees her.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • Unable to take being subordinate under the dictatorship of her family any longer, Jenny moves out of her house and becomes a model. When Terry demands for a refund at Sid's office a couple of weeks later from another client he's been out with off-screen, Jenny walks in for a refund too, immediately making Terry forget what he came in for and ask her out.
    • The dowdy Miss Dempsey dons a purple dress and restyles her hair to try and win Mr. Snooper back from Sophie.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The theme from Alfred Hitchcock Presents plays when Mr. Bedsop tracks Sid.
    • Music from Carry On Doctor plays during the hospital scene.
    • Sid calls Mr. Bedsop's Indian disguise a "Bombay Bond".
    • "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" plays at Sid and Sophie's wedding.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Sid lies to Esme about trying to drown himself in a canal, she tells him that canal waters are filthy. Sid himself lampshades this.
  • Sleeping Single: Mr. Snooper tells Sophie on their "date" that there's no need to be sleeping together because his mansion has enough room for them to be anywhere they want to when they're married, slightly annoying Sophie.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The sign outside the Citizen's Advice Bureau, before a new "A" and "D" are added to it.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Although being the boyfriend of Sid, Sophie is suspicious of his antics with female clients and shows no interest in him. When the shy Mr. Snooper shows up, claiming that he isn't used to dating and commitments, Sophie is immediately sold.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Sophie, Esme, Sally, Jenny, Gaye and Miss Dempsey all get covered in cake alongside the men during the Food Fight finale.
  • Speak in Unison: Sally annoys Terry and Jenny on purpose by interrupting their making out to ask if they want her to close the door so they both yell at her.
    Terry/Jenny: YES!
  • Spit Take: Terry sprays out a cup of tea after Mrs. Grubb asks him his financial status.
  • Spoonerism: Terry asks Jenny what kind of a cat name is "Cooking Fat", to which Jenny tells him it isn't actually Cooking Fat, but something that sounds similar.note 
  • The Stoic:
    • The sinister client known only as "Dr. Crippen", which adds to the creepiness behind him as he tells Sid how his wives died.
    • Aside from Jenny, the Grubbs are a family of stoics. When Terry meets them they're all sitting in a room staring at each other.
  • Suddenly Shouting: The Dreery's marriage counseling session with Mr. Snooper devolves into Mr. Dreery and Mr. Snooper yelling and ranting at each other.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Richard O'Callaghan was cast with the intention of being a long-term replacement for Jim Dale. However he only appeared in one further production before leaving the series.
  • Tap on the Head:
    • When a light in Sally, Gaye and Jenny's apartment is shot loose by Adrian, it comes falling to the floor and hits Bertram on the head, knocking him unconscious. However, Bertram seems to suffer no ill effects from this.
    • During the Food Fight finale, Esme knocks Gripper out by smashing a champagne bottle on his head, although he recovers quick enough to shove Bertram through a table and try to rip Sid apart.
  • Tempting Fate: During the Food Fight, Adrian doesn't throw any cakes, but rather gleefully takes photos of the chaos. Too bad a poor choice of words leads to him getting a cake to the face.
    Adrian: Keep 'em comin'!
  • They Do:
    • The climax takes place at Sid and Sophie's wedding.
    • The end caption mentions that all the couples (Esme and Gripper, Bertram and Sally, Terry and Jenny, Mr. Snooper and Miss Dempsey and Gaye and Adrian) got married and fought happily ever after.
  • Third-Act Misunderstanding: Sort of happens in a way, but is mostly invoked by Sid. Learning that Sophie's going to meet up with Mr. Snooper, he makes Esme show up at the house and pretend to be a horny woman that Mr. Snooper had a fling with, while he phones Esme's fiancé Gripper to attack Mr. Snooper for "stealing his woman", which he does, before being attacked by Miss Dempsey and thrown out of the building. It works like a charm, and Sophie storms out of the house in a huff.
  • Time Skip: After Gripper attacks Bertram, the film skips ahead by one week.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Henry and Emily, a couple who Mr. Snooper advises to get a pair of steps to help their marriage.
    Emily: Well, Henry... you heard Mr. Snooper's advice. D'you think we should try it?
    Henry: If you want to Emily, but... personally, I don't think a pair of steps is goin' to be the answer.
  • Title Theme Drop: A dramatic version of the film's theme plays during the Food Fight in the climax.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: The film opens on Terry saying goodbye to a friend as he departs on a train, and letting him know his wife makes terrific love.
  • Troll: Sally is quite mischievous when she wants to be, both making fun of Gaye's A-Cup Angst and interrupting Terry and Jenny's make-out session purely for her own enjoyment.
  • Twerp Sweating: Terry, around Jenny's stoic family. On his way out he trips over a trolley of cakes which makes a terrible mess.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Mr. and Mrs. Dreery, the fat man in the flat cap that yells at Mr. Snooper and his long-legged younger-looking wife.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: On his way to Esme's apartment, Sid has to share the elevator with the lovers who don't stop making out the whole ride.
  • Undercrank: Played for Laughs in Gripper's two fight scenes.
    • When Gripper swings Bertram around Esme's apartment.
    • When Miss Dempsey swings Gripper over her head and tosses him out the window.
  • Verbal Backspace: Terry after he makes a comment that he's glad Jenny doesn't look like her mother.
    Terry: I'm supposed to meet a Miss Jenny Grubb. You wouldn't be...?
    Mrs. Grubb: Jenny is my daughter.
    Terry: Oh thank goodness, er hmm, thank goodness I've come to the right place!
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment:
    • During the Food Fight, a man dumps jelly down his wife's top.
    • Also during the Food Fight, Sid sprays champagne down Sophie's cleavage, and follows it up with a full bucket of ice.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We don't find out what happened to the photographer Sally was supposed to meet when she met Bertram.
    • After staking out and spying on Sid for days, Sophie's hired PI James Bedsop disappears out of the movie. He doesn't show up for the forced wedding of Sophie and Sid, although considering what Mr. Bedsop had been doing for most of the film, his absence is understandable.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Sid shows up at Esme's door dripping wet lying about trying to drown himself so she'll invite him in and forgive him.
  • You No Take Candle: Mr. Bedsop talks like this when disguised as an Indian.
    Mr. Bedsop: Excuse, gentle Saab. Me no spoking very good the English.


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Miss Dempsey's New Look

When Sophie Plummet tries to win the heart of Percival Snooper, Miss Dempsey, his devoted housekeeper with a crush, reinvents herself to keep Snooper all to herself.

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