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The Loved One (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 October 1965 (USA)
Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dennis Barlow
... Wilbur Glenworthy / Harry Glenworthy
... Aimee Thanatogenous
... Mr. Joyboy
... Gen. Brinkman
... Mr. Kenton
... Immigration Officer
... Sir Francis Hinsley
... Guide
... Mrs. Kenton
... Mr. Starker
... D.J. Jr.
... Sir Ambrose Ambercrombie
... Sadie Blodgett
... The Guru Brahmin
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Newly arrived in Hollywood from England, Dennis Barlow finds he has to arrange his uncle's interment at the highly-organised and very profitable Whispering Glades funeral parlour. His fancy is caught by one of their cosmeticians, Aimee Thanatogenos. But he has three problems - the strict rules of owner Blessed Reverand Glenworthy, the rivalry of embalmer Mr Joyboy, and the shame of now working himself at The Happy Hunting Ground pets' memorial home. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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11 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Los seres queridos  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Kim Stanley was originally announced to play role of the astronaut's stripper widow, a part that ultimately went to Barbara Nichols. See more »

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Henry's voice says "Will", whereas his mouth appears to say "Jack". See more »

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Immigration Officer: Is that some kind of Beatles haircut?
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Bizarre, outlandish, well-cast and performed...but it runs out of gas too soon
20 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Colorful cast ends up flailing about in this pushy mishmash of darkly comic ideas, written by Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern from Evelyn Waugh's novel. Slim plot concerns young Robert Morse, newly arrived in Los Angeles to live with his uncle, suddenly faced with burying the man after his uncle unexpectedly commits suicide. What begins as a savage satire on the movie industry turns too soon into a spoof of the mortuary business, with all the pungency and bitter wit left behind in the story's first-act. Despite some smashing performances (particularly by John Gielgud and Liberace) and many offbeat ideas, the film fails to hang together. Director Tony Richardson, perhaps attempting to replant mod British irreverence in '60s California, gets an early rhythm going that is quite wonderful, but that promise continually leaks away until the film becomes ugly and ungainly. ** from ****


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