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Lord Love a Duck (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1966 (West Germany)
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A bright satirical comedy about an innocent high school girl granted her wishes by a student prodigy. A broad satire of teenage culture in the sixties, its targets ranging from progressive education to beach movies.

Director:

George Axelrod

Writers:

Al Hine (novel), Larry H. Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Alan Musgrave
Tuesday Weld ... Barbara Ann Greene
Lola Albright ... Marie Greene
Martin West ... Bob Barnard
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Barnard
Harvey Korman ... Weldon Emmett
Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall ... Miss Schwartz
Lynn Carey Lynn Carey ... Sally Grace
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Phil Neuhauser
Max Showalter ... Howard Greene
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Dr. Milton Lippman (as Joe Mell)
Dan Frazer ... Honest Joe
Martine Bartlett ... Inez
Jo Collins Jo Collins ... Kitten
Judith Loomis Judith Loomis ... Butch Neuhauser
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High-school senior Barbara Ann Greene has a lot to overcome to reach her dreams to be popular, get a job, find a husband, and maybe even be a movie star: she's poor, her parents are divorced, and her mother is a cocktail waitress. Right beside her, though, is her best friend and Svengali, Alan. He helps her get 12 cashmere sweaters, a job in the principal's office, spring break at Balboa, and more. Along the way, the satire bites teen mores, beach-blanket bikini movies, adults in charge, the country-club set, Christian-youth programs, older men's fantasies, and teen girls' innocence. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1966 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

George Axelrod's Lord Love a Duck See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Ann's sweaters as mentioned in chronological order: Grape Yum Yum, Banana Beige, Lemon Meringue, Pink Put On, Papaya Surprise, Periwinkle Pussycat, Turquoise Trouble, Midnight A-Go-Go, and Peach Putdown. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara Ann inscribes her name in cement near beginning of film, she writes the second R in first name twice due to inconsistency in long shot and closeup. See more »

Quotes

Stella Bernard: You lied to me, Miss Greene. You permitted me to believe your father was dead.
Barbara Ann: Well, they're divorced.
Stella Bernard: In our family we don't divorce our men; we *bury* 'em!
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During closing credits, we hear a duck quacking. See more »

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References The Late Late Show (1962) See more »

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Lord Love a Duck
Music by Neal Hefti
Lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Sung by The Wild Ones
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Satire Without a Point
22 February 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Sex suffused satire on something or other that may have been cutting edge in '66, but is no longer. Sure, I get the shaking beach butts of Gidget, the drive-in religiosity of SoCal car culture, or Mom's Playboy bunny cum' prostitute. Some movie parts of course are funnier than others. Trouble is, whether funny or not, they're poorly blended, unlike the better satires of the day—The Loved One (1965), Dr. Strangelove (1964). Unfortunately, the vignettes here sprawl without adding up.

What the film does have in spades is Tuesday Weld. If there was ever a better sex kitten with bite, I haven't seen her. She injects real spunk into the often lame proceedings. Plus, who would have thought that Peter Gunn's dignified torch singer, Lola Albright, could be so funny. Then too, what an inspiration getting Ruth Gordon to do her waspish bit, as a mother, no less. On the other hand, Mc Dowell tries hard, but he's caught up in a role that borders on the incoherent. Could be that his 35-year old teenager is supposed to make a profound statement, but if so, It's beyond me

As I recall, writer Axelrod's film got a lot of buzz at the time. After all, the mid-60's were a time of growing social ferment. Thus, the long-time lid on movies was at last coming off, and what these satirical films show is that black humor was definitely in the air. Trouble is, unlike Strangelove or Loved One, this film doesn't get beyond that time period. There's no unifying theme that could compensate for the meandering lamer parts. As a result, it's more like a regional (SoCal) artifact than anything lasting-- except, of course, for us fans of Tuesday, in which case it's a permanent fan fest.


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