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The Loved One (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 October 1965 (USA)
Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.

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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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11 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Los seres queridos  »

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Paul Williams, 25 at the time this film was made, was concerned that his natural voice was too deep to play a preteen, and tried make his voice as high-pitched as he reasonably could. See more »

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When Dennis opens the refrigerator in the office of the pet cemetery, two dead dogs can clearly be seen on the top and bottom shelves. Dennis leaves the refrigerator door open while he turns and sets a drink down. When he turns back, the refrigerator interior shows something covered in paper on the top shelf and a dead cat curled up on the bottom shelf. See more »

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Dennis Barlow: Aimee, wait. Now, my dear girl, don't you realize, it's only been money that's been holding me back?
Aimee Thanatogenous: An American would despise himself for living off his wife.
Dennis Barlow: Yes, but you see, I'm English, and we have none of these prejudices in the older and more developed civilizations.
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Featured in Homo Promo (1993) See more »

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Pomp and Circumstance
By Edward Elgar
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Beauty in many forms
9 February 2004 | by (Silver Lake, CA) – See all my reviews

Having seen a Playboy magazine article on the making of the film, this 15 year-old had to see it to believe it. This was in Boston, and the theater chain (Sack) had lopped off considerable footage, but I never knew of this until a PBS showing of it years later revealed a scene with the astronaut's wife that, after having seen the movie so many times that I could recite it, caught me completely by surprise. I skipped school and sat for an entire day in the glory of this perverted beauty. I received a book on the making of the Loved One, and discovered that there was a whole batch of stars, such as Ruth Gordon, who never made it to the final cut. But with or without, this one packs one hell of a punch - a scathing indictment of the '60s and all that it beheld, from a Jackie Kennedy look-alike in the opening scenes to that wonderful orgy in the casket filled chamber. Look close for a quick Jami Farr changing a portrait of The Queen at the luncheon held at the Brit exile's club. This is my all-time favorite movie, bar none.


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