The Loved One

The Loved One

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Overview

The Loved One

The satire in Evelyn Waugh's darkly comic novel The Loved One was originally double-edged. The book was not only an attack on the Southern California funeral industry but also a lampoon of Hollywood's "British colony," those clannish, cricket-playing English actors of years gone by who bemoaned the artificiality of Tinseltown while eagerly accepting the demeaning and insignificant movie roles they were offered. The film version of The Loved One, anxious to live up to its ad-campaign promise of containing "something to offend everybody," downplays the British-colony business (save for the presence of the magnificent Robert Morley) and pumps up the "death" gags. Innocent British poet Dennis Barlow (Robert Morse) falls in love with funeral-home cosmetician Aimee Thanatogenos (Anjanette Comer), who in turn is loved by prissy funeral director Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger). The latter lives with his obese mother (Ayllene Gibbons), whose eating sequence is far more hilarious (and more tasteless) than many of the film's calculatedly "black" jokes. A huge guest-star cast is headed by Jonathan Winters in a dual role as a funeral home manager and his covetous twin brother, who operates an elaborate pet cemetery. Musician Paul Williams is also on hand as a 13-year-old aeronautics genius who develops a method of sending corpses into "eternal orbit" (a plot device that Waugh neglected to include in his novel). Film historian William K. Everson has commented that The Loved One is one of the best and most underrated comedies of the 1960s. For others, especially those who might feel guilty chuckling at the sight of Anjanette Comer committing suicide with an embalming needle, it's purely a matter of taste...or lack of same.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
UPC: 0883316860113
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 31,002

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Morse Dennis Barlow
Anjanette Comer Aimee Thanatogenos
Jonathan Winters Harry Glenworthy
Rod Steiger Mr. Joyboy
Dana Andrews Gen. Brinkson
James Coburn Immigration Officer
Milton Berle Mr. Ketweof
John Gielgud Sir Francis Hinsley
Tab Hunter Guide
Margaret Leighton Mrs. Kenton
Liberace Casket Salesman
Roddy McDowall D.J., Jr.
Robert Morley Sir Ambrose Abercrombie
Lionel Stander Guru Brahmin
Ayllene Gibbons Joyboy's mother
Bernie Kopell Assistant to Guru Brahmin
Asa Maynor Secretary to D.J., Jr.
Alan Napier English Club Official
Roxanne Arlen Actor
John Bleifer Mr. Bogaloff
Bella Bruck Mrs. Bogaloff
Dort Clark Actor
Pamela Curran Actor
Robert Easton Actor
Don Haggerty Actor
Chick Hearn "Resurrection Now" TV Announcer
Beverly Hills Orgy Dancer
Claire Kelly Whispering Glades Hostesses
Warren Kemmerling Actor
Ed Reimers Whispering Glades Minister
Reta Shaw Actor
Barbara Nichols Sadie Blodgett
Martin Ransohoff Lorenzo Medici
Paul Williams Gunther Fry

Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director
John Addison Score Composer
Hal Ashby Editor
John Calley Producer
Geza Gaspar Special Effects
Antony Gibbs Editor
Neil Hartley Producer
Christopher Isherwood Screenwriter
James Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Brian Smedley-Aston Editor
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Rouben Ter-Arutunian Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Nat Tolmach Costumes/Costume Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer,Producer

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The Loved One 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Hibari More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. The outlandish premise combined with top performances by everyone involved make this movie hilarious and unforgettable. I can't recommend this one strongly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago