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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 ... General 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los seres queridos See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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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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When Aimee is driving to get away from Dennis, she drives past Diamond Jim's restaurant at 6753 Hollywood Boulevard. The location is, as of 2016, a Frederick's of Hollywood store. See more »

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

Quotes

D.J. Jr.: [casting Dusty Acres as James Bond] You think you can handle that English accent, Dusty?
Dusty Acres: Aw shucks, I reckon I could if I just sorta snuck up on it.
Harry Glenworthy: I think Frank here could straighten him out on the accent bit.
D.J. Jr.: Is that right Frank? Do you think you can?
Sir Francis Hinsley: Oh yes, I dare say I could.
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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »

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The Blackest of Black Comedies
24 August 2002 | by lbcsrwSee all my reviews

It is hard to place any kind of meaningful description to this film because it takes cultural, social, and moral ideals and stomps on them. Additionally, the casting of the film goes against type, with Jonathan Winters, for example, as a dark, imposing religious force. The acting is superb, intense and, at times, intentionally campy and over-the-top. Each scene seems outrageous and, at times, ridiculous but inexorably moves the characters, and the audience, to a lip-biting conclusion.

Terry Southern, one of the credited screen writers, was also responsible for Kubrick's Dr Strangelove, Barbarella, Candy, Easy Rider, The Magic Christian, and many other wacky films. Knowing this may help to place it in some familiar context. Of all his films, though, this is the darkest.

If you are disturbed or offended by the funeral business, death in general, dead pets, or slightly veiled hints at necrophilia then you might want to give this one a miss. If you're brave and open-minded, however, I highly recommend this truly strange and wonderful film.


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