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The Loved One (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 October 1965 (USA)
Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Evelyn Waugh (novel), Terry Southern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morse ... Dennis Barlow
Jonathan Winters ... Wilbur Glenworthy / Harry Glenworthy
Anjanette Comer ... Aimee Thanatogenous
Rod Steiger ... Mr. Joyboy
Dana Andrews ... Gen. Brinkman
Milton Berle ... Mr. Kenton
James Coburn ... Immigration Officer
John Gielgud ... Sir Francis Hinsley
Tab Hunter ... Guide
Margaret Leighton ... Mrs. Kenton
Liberace ... Mr. Starker
Roddy McDowall ... D.J. Jr.
Robert Morley ... Sir Ambrose Ambercrombie
Barbara Nichols ... Sadie Blodgett
Lionel Stander ... The Guru Brahmin
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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The motion picture with something to offend everyone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The aircraft at the beginning of the film is a TWA Boeing 707-131B, registration N765TW, built in 1962. It was scrapped for parts at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in 1982. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Joyboy's glasses change from when he is arranging Hinsley's face to when he goes to see Aimee - they go from metal frame-less to dark plastic frames. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kenton: You filthy swine.
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Connections

References Lassie (1954) See more »

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Isoldes Liebestod
Composed by Richard Wagner
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Something else.
23 January 2002 | by RALLSee all my reviews

Having worked in the funeral industry, I have met some of these characters in real life, I can really appreciate this great satirical movie. There was not any bad scenes in this movie. The actors all gave good performances. The movie was stolen by Rod Steiger with his Mr. Joyboy roll. Rod Steiger almost repeated his Joyboy roll in No Way To Treat A Lady, as Dorian Smith. If you are a fan of dark comedies, do not miss one of the greatest dark comedies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Ryder Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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