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August 1969 (USA) See more »
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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). | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Don Knotts ... Abner Audubon Peacock IV

Anne Francis ... Lisa LaMonica

Edmond O'Brien ... Osborn Tremaine

James Gregory ... Darrell Evans Hughes
Maureen Arthur ... Evelyn Tremaine

Maggie Mancuso ... Rose Ellen Wilkerson (as Maggie Peterson)
Jesslyn Fax ... Miss Love

Jacques Aubuchon ... Carter Fenton

Marjorie Bennett ... Miss Pickering
Jim Boles ... Amos Peacock

Ruth McDevitt ... Miss Keezy
Roy Stuart ... Joe Merkel

Herb Voland ... Atty. Gen. Frederick Snow
James Westerfield ... Rev. Wilkerson

Bob Hastings ... Shrader
Larry McCormick ... Rich
Robert P. Lieb ... Rayfield

Willis Bouchey ... Judge Jeremiah Claypool

Herbie Faye ... Lester Timkin
Johnny Seven ... Petey
Joseph V. Perry ... Big Joe (as Joe Perry)
Jim Begg ... Hotchkiss
Carla Borelli ... Erica Lane
Nancy Bonniwell ... Toma
Shelly Davis ... Ingrid
A'leisha Brevard ... Sherry (as A'leshia Lee)
Terri Harper ... Delilah
B.S. Pully ... J. Charles Twilight
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Alton ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Benjie Bancroft ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Vincent Barbi ... Protestor (uncredited)

Barbara Bosson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ethel Bryant ... Juror (uncredited)
Ceil Cabot ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Carroll ... Magazine Buyer (uncredited)
Ian Carroll ... 2nd Hippie (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Peggy Clark ... Choir Singer (uncredited)

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Reporter (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Church Member (uncredited)
Bill Conklin ... Family Member (uncredited)
Ira Cook ... Television Commentator (uncredited)
Alan Craig ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lenore Dekoven ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marc Desmond ... Magazine Cover Man (uncredited)
Glenn Dixon ... Family Member (uncredited)
Barbara Dodd ... Mayor's Wife (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Dungan ... Bartender (uncredited)
Al Dunlap ... Mayor (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Cecil Elliott ... Juror (uncredited)

Frank Evans ... Barber (uncredited)
Fred Festinger ... Doorman (uncredited)
Lynn Fields ... Model (uncredited)
Jack Finch ... Pomfriend (uncredited)
Dan Flynn ... 1st Office Boy (uncredited)
Tony Franke ... Nazi Punk (uncredited)
Gerry Gaylor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Church Member (uncredited)

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Jose - Jungle Guide (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Church Member (uncredited)
Eddie Hanley ... Sewer Worker (uncredited)
Vic Hansen ... 1st Husband (uncredited)
Bob Harvey ... Photographer (uncredited)
Patti Heider ... Secretary (uncredited)
Pitt Herbert ... Minister (uncredited)
Robert Hitchcock ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Chuck Horne ... Cop (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

John Hubbard ... Craig Frazier (uncredited)
Fanita James ... One of the Blossoms (uncredited)
Berniece Janssen ... 2nd Wife (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Church Member (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ... Oldest Choir Member (uncredited)
Bo Johnson ... 3rd Hippie (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Church Member (uncredited)
Freda Jones ... Courtroom Specatator (uncredited)
Urrea C. Jones ... 2nd Office Boy (uncredited)
Jimmy Joyce ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Church Member (uncredited)

Elizabeth Kerr ... Family Member (uncredited)
Jean King ... One of the Blossoms (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Photographer (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paula Lane ... Model (uncredited)
Ada Beth Lee ... Choir Singer (uncredited)
Lori Lehman ... Mayor's Child (uncredited)
Trent Lehman ... Boy Scout on Doorstep (uncredited)
Bonnie Lomann ... Model (uncredited)

Darlene Love ... Singer with The Blossoms (uncredited)
Don Lucas ... News Vendor (uncredited)
James Macklin ... Cop (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
James McHale ... Reporter (uncredited)

Dal McKennon ... Bird Caller (uncredited)
Shirley Melline ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Betty Noyes ... Choir Singer (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Cecile Ozorio ... Japanese Girl (uncredited)
George Patton ... Maitre d' (uncredited)

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Model (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Rita Quigley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Courtroom Specatator (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Choir Singer (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Church Member (uncredited)
Frieda Rentie ... Secretary (uncredited)
Araceli Rey ... Cleaning Lady (uncredited)
Vivian Rhodes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Church Member (uncredited)
Elizabeth Ross ... Family Member (uncredited)

Billy Sands ... Barber (uncredited)
Diane Sayer ... Model (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Church Member (uncredited)

Christopher Shea ... Boy Scout (uncredited)
Walter Slivinski ... Band Member, Orange Colored Sky (uncredited)
Amber Smale ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Mike Steele ... Family Member (uncredited)
Carolyn Stellar ... Madame (uncredited)
John Stuart ... Husband #2 (uncredited)
Bunny Summers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elisabeth Talbot-Martin ... Family Member (uncredited)
Yuki Tani ... Japanese Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Doreen Tryden ... Choir Singer (uncredited)
Edwin Tuttle ... Church Member (uncredited)
Glen Vernon ... Mayor (uncredited)
Paula Victor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sunni Walton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Vince Williams ... D.C. Commentator (uncredited)
Leslie York ... Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Nat Hiken 
Writing credits
Nat Hiken (writer)

Produced by
Edward Montagne .... producer (as Edward J. Montagne)
Billy Sands .... associate producer
Original Music by
Vic Mizzy 
Cinematography by
William Margulies 
Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
George Patrick 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Wes Thompson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Ted Swanson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Wilda Taylor .... choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for sex-related material (re-rating) (1996)
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:M (certificate #22002) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1996)

Did You Know?

Nat Hiken, who wrote and directed the movie, died after it was shot but before it was released in theaters.See more »
Factual errors: Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country, but Abner's "Brazilian" guide speaks with a Hispanic accent and has a Spanish name.See more »
Evelyn Tremaine:That's the dirtiest thing I ever heard in my life!See more »
Movie Connections:
Summer in the MeadowSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Savvy Satire Don Knotts Style, 19 April 2000
Author: curtis martin from Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain

As a part of film history, "The Love God?" is uniformly dismissed as just another goofy, formulaic Don Knotts romp--and in many ways it does follow the Knotts formula pretty closely. But this time the Knotts formula was turned in on itself. In actuality "The Love God?" is one of the best mainstream American social satires of the 1960s, just behind recognized classics such as "Dr. Strangelove" and "The President's Analyst." Knotts plays his usual character, this time named Abner Peacock. Abner is the editor of a bird-watching magazine in financial trouble. His dying magazine, The Peacock, is taken over by a pornographer while Abner is in South America looking for a rare bird. Abner returns from his safari to find that the Peacock has been turned into a cross between Playboy and Hustler. He also finds himself arrested and a defendant in a constitutional battle over "his right" to publish "dirty pictures" in The Peacock. Abner only wants to have the truth be known--that he had his magazine shanghaied without his knowledge. But instead his case comes to the attention of a self-serving Civil Liberties attorney who wants to use his case as a free-speech landmark. Abner wins his case, but is not satisfied that he is represented as a "filthy degenerate sex fiend" (in a hilarious courtroom sequence). After his victory Abner wants the truth to come out, but he is convinced by the interest groups and his own money-sniffing relatives that it is his patriotic duty to keep publishing pornography as a freedom of speech issue. The attention draws big money to The Peacock, and Abner is further convinced that, in order for the magazine to be a success, he must play the part of the Sex God libertine.

In true Knotts style, Abner gets totally carried away with the role of pseudo Hugh Hefner. But of course, the truth eventually comes out and Abner/Don eventually comes to his senses and of course triumphs over the bad guys.

Now try and find a satire with a plot as smart as that in today's dimwitted movie market! This movie is as smart as it is hilarious. The only drawback is that the generally family-friendly nature of the film necessitates that the "outrageous pornography" represented is limited to photos of big-busted babes in swimsuits--stuff that wouldn't make an 11 year old of today break a blush. "The Love God?" is second in Don Knott's classic resume only to the all time classic "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken."

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