Looking for Love (1964): Romantic Musical-Comedy, Starring Connie Francis, Jim Hutton (TV Host Johnny Carson in Screen Debut)

Looking for Love was a romantic musical-comedy film starring popular singer Connie Francis.

Grade: C

Francis plays Libby Caruso, a woman who has spent long tim trying to get into show business with her singing, yet hasn’t succeeded.

Libby then decides to retire and get a job where she can meet the right man and get married.

She is interested in pursuing Paul Davis (Jim Hutton), whom she meets in the supermarket, but Paul is not interested.

Libby later creates a clothes line she calls the “Lady Valet,” which interests Paul who wants to promote it. Paul gets Libby on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to push her products.

When Libby mentions that she was formerly a singer, Carson asks her to sing. Libby’s singing career takes off, and Paul becomes interested in Libby.

Libby then changes her mind and falls for a young grocer (Joby Baker), while Paul decides to pursue Libby’s roommate, Jan (Susan Oliver).

Much of the supporting cast is from Francis’ first screen role, Where the Boys Are (1960), which was a smash hit at the box-office.

Several celebrity cameos also appear, including Johnny Carson, Danny Thomas, Paula Prentiss, George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux.

This film was Johnny Carson’s first film cameo,[3] and his movie debut.

Johnny Carson used to joke that Looking for Love was so bad it was transferred to flammable nitrate film stock.

Francis was meant to make a follow-up movie, Pizza for Breakfast, but it was never filmed.