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Inspector Truscott
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Nurse Fay McMahon
Hywel Bennett ...
Dennis
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Mr. McLeavy
Roy Holder ...
Hal
Dick Emery ...
Mr. Bateman
Joe Lynch ...
Father O'Shaughnessy
John Cater ...
Meadows
Aubrey Woods ...
Undertaker
Enid Lowe ...
W.V.A. Leader
Andonia Katsaros ...
Policewoman
Harold Innocent ...
Bank Manager
Kevin Brennan ...
Vicar
Jean Marlow ...
Mrs. McLeavy
Robert Raglan ...
Doctor
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Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor and they have a coffin to spare. Then there's the gold-digger nurse and the gonad-grabber detective and a host of other wonderful characters. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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When Joe Orton's original play was first staged in 1967, it was subjected to many alterations by order of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, the theatrical censorship body of the day (soon to be abolished). Several lines were cut or rewritten, and the censors also insisted that the dead body of "Mrs. McLeavy", who is never seen alive in the play, should be represented by a dummy rather than an actress - an odd request, as using a dummy would have been standard anyway, and, indeed, several productions of the play have avoided actually showing the body at all. When this film was made, the adapters took great pleasure in restoring all the deleted or altered lines, without exception - and "Mrs. McLeavy", as a special credit announces at the end of the film, was played by actress June Marlow, the ex-wife of Spike Milligan. See more »

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When the hearse that Dennis is driving goes out of control because its brakes have failed, and the other vehicles in the funeral procession accelerate to keep up, they lurch round several corners. Skid marks from previous takes are visible on each corner. See more »

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Nurse Fay McMahon: [to Mr McLeavy] You've been a widower for several hours now. Have you considered a second marriage?
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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Hey, Hey, Hey
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Sung by Steve Ellis
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Weekend At Bernies? Good Lord NO.
20 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am rarely tempted to add my own thoughts on any film on IMDb, but when the review for the black farce that is LOOT is compared less than favourably to WEEKEND AT BERNIES in all seriousness then even I feel I have to hitch up the keyboard and redress the situation.

These are two films that are from totally different worlds.

W.A.B's is an American teen romp, the kind that keep the tit and ass count down to get as many 15 year olds in to the multiplex, whilst LOOT is the second to last play written by Joe Orton the darling of the mid sixties theatre scene in London.

Now I have never particularly liked LOOT as a play or as a film, preferring Entertaining Mr Sloane, Berly Reid's performance being worth the price of admission alone, but to compare it to W.A.B.'s is like comparing Hamlet to GHOST because of the presence of a spook in them. But it is easily a far superior film, yes it is a little creaky and the farce is shoe horned in but then that was Orton's style.

LOOT is an example of the sad fag end of the sixties as they misfired to a close.I half expect to see Withnail and I come lurching over the horizon like spectres.

Weekend At Bernies indeed.

see also "Entertaining Mr.Sloane" and the bio pic "Prick Up Your Ears".


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