Love God?

Love God?

Director: Nat Hiken

Cast: Don Knotts, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien

     
 

In this uneven comedy, Abner (Don Knotts) is the editor of a bird-watching magazine who is the victim of a hostile corporate takeover by Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien). When Abner returns from a bird-watching excursion to Brazil, he finds his publication has been purchased for the fourth-class mailing permit. Osborn turns the publication into a girlie magazine and… See more details below

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In this uneven comedy, Abner (Don Knotts) is the editor of a bird-watching magazine who is the victim of a hostile corporate takeover by Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien). When Abner returns from a bird-watching excursion to Brazil, he finds his publication has been purchased for the fourth-class mailing permit. Osborn turns the publication into a girlie magazine and puts his wife Elanor (Maureen Arthur) on the front cover. Still listed as an editor, Abner becomes The Love God as the public perceives him as a Hugh Hefner-like character, epitomizing the life of a swinging bachelor playboy.

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Of all the films Don Knotts starred in during his 1960's era heyday as a comedy film star, this is the most unusual and interesting. Knotts may have his name above the title in The Love God? but he is actually part of an ensemble that drives the suprisingly involved and complex storyline. Director/writer Nat Hiken's scenario mixes daring satirical ideas and sitcom-styled comedic shtick in a manner that works better than one might expect. For instance, a memorable sequence features both the prosecution and defense of an obscenity trial handling their roles in a way that reveals they only care about their careers and publicity rather than values or ideals (meanwhile, Knotts mugs and does double-takes at the center of it all). Hiken's direction gives the story a colorful look and snappy pacing. Better yet, he stocks the cast with a game collection of familiar faces who dig into their comedic roles with relish: Edmond O'Brien shows great deadpan comic timing as the sleazy magazine publisher who kickstarts the plot while Anne Francis delivers a forceful, sexy performance as the editor seeking to capitalize on the hapless hero's fame and B.S. Pully is both menacing and hilarious as a gangster who craves a refined social status. Knotts offers a mixture of goofiness (his bird-call performance near the beginning is a highlight) and charm that gives the film a heart. The end result is dated by modern standards in both its style and satirical aims but it delivers its laughs with a mixture of style and ambition that keep it interesting. As a result, The Love God? shapes up as an amusing and unique period piece for fans of vintage comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0025192354724
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
50,438

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Knotts Abner
Anne Francis Lisa
Edmond O'Brien Osborn Tremaine
James Gregory Hughes
Maureen Arthur Eleanor Tremaine
Maggie Peterson Rose Ellen
Jesslyn Fax Miss Love
Jacques Aubuchon Carter Fenton
Marjorie Bennett Miss Pickering
Jim Boles Amos Peacock
Ruth McDevitt Miss Keezy
B.S. Pully J. Charles Twilight
Jim Begg Hotchkiss
Carla Borelli Erica Lane
Willis B. Bouchey Judge Claypool
Herbie Faye Lester Timkin
Bob Hastings Shrader
John Hubbard Craig Frazier
Robert Lieb Rayfield
Larry McCormick Rich
Joseph Perry Big Joe
Johnny Seven Petey
Roy Stuart Joe Merkel
Herbert Voland Attorney General Fred Snow
James Westerfield Rev. Wikerson

Technical Credits
Nat Hiken Director,Screenwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
William Margulies Cinematographer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Vic Mizzy Score Composer
Edward J. Montagne Producer
George Patrick Art Director
Wilda Taylor Choreography
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Sam E. Waxman Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup
Frank H. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. What is Beauty? [1:41]
3. Saving the Peacock [2:34]
4. The Big Pledge [5:29]
5. Every Photographers Dream [:25]
6. Dirty Abner [4:52]
7. Constitutional Rights [2:40]
8. Sex Sells [4:52]
9. The Love God [3:26]
10. Good Breeding [2:34]
11. The Descent Thing to Do [5:06]
12. Sexual Magnetism [1:15]
13. Abner's Penthouse [4:56]
14. America's Sex Symbol [1:35]
15. The Peacock Club [2:01]
16. A Little Nobody [2:00]
17. Rose Ellen [3:57]
18. Is He or Isn't He [:50]
19. Hit and Run Romeo [5:05]
20. Do You Take This Woman? [2:52]
21. End Titles [1:54]

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