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The Love God? (1969)

M | | Comedy | August 1969 (USA)
Abner Audubon Peacock (Don Knotts) is the publisher of a bird-watcher's magazine which is converted into a girlie mag by an unscrupulous operator Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien).




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abner Audubon Peacock IV
Lisa LaMonica
Osborn Tremaine
Darrell Evans Hughes
Maureen Arthur ...
Evelyn Tremaine
Rose Ellen Wilkerson (as Maggie Peterson)
Jesslyn Fax ...
Miss Love
Carter Fenton
Miss Pickering
Jim Boles ...
Amos Peacock
Miss Keezy
Roy Stuart ...
Joe Merkel
Atty. Gen. Frederick Snow
Rev. Wilkerson


Abner Audubon Peacock (Don Knotts) is the publisher of a bird-watcher's magazine which is converted into a girlie mag by an unscrupulous operator Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien).

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So many women... Not enough man. See more »




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August 1969 (USA)  »

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Sexualprotz wider Willen  »

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2.35 : 1
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Nat Hiken, who wrote and directed the movie, died after it was shot but before it was released in theaters. See more »


In Peacock's office, after he makes the call of the South American bird, Tremaine says "So that's how it's done!", but his mouth appears to be saying something entirely different. See more »


Lisa LaMonica: The public wants sex, sex and more sex!
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Referenced in Gravity Falls: The Love God (2014) See more »


Mr. Peacock
Written by Walter Slivinski
Sung by The Blossoms and Orange-Colored Sky
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The People versus Don Knotts
25 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Clean and decent ornithologist Don Knotts (as Abner Peacock IV) is about to see his poor-selling bird-watching magazine peck it in. Meanwhile, smut-peddling publisher Edmond O'Brien (as Osborne Tremain) loses his magazine's license, due to pornographic content. To continue printing his bosomy babes, O'Brien tricks Knotts into turning over his periodical's editorial content. After sending Knotts off on safari, O'Brien turns the tame "Peacock's Magazine" into a titillating masturbatory aide.

Knotts returns to find himself corralled into becoming the defendant in a "free speech" case. With assistance from enterprising editor Anne Francis (as Lisa La Monica), Knotts is transformed into a Hugh Hefner-type publishing giant. Then, Ms. Francis falls in love with playboy Knotts...

Knotts can't help but be funny; this particular characterization was perfected in his role of "Mr. Furley" on the TV series "Three's Company". His "Abner Peacock" is little less sure, perhaps necessarily so, considering the times. Note, the screeching and shouting was not part of Knotts' later routine. Under-appreciated writer/director Nat Hiken cleverly mixes satire and sexy women. "The Love God?" is colorful, and features a delightful supporting cast. Unfortunately, by the last act, the film's direction, and humor, has pointedly unraveled.

***** The Love God? (1969) Nat Hiken ~ Don Knotts, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien

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