THE LOVED ONE - "The Moition Picture With Something To Offend Everyone!" (1965)
Tonight we've got a very special movie for you from 1965 called "The Loved One!" I honestly don't have anything to compare "The Loved One" to, it's that unique!
"The Loved One" is ridiculous! "The Loved One" is hilarious! "The Loved One" is whatever you want it to be!!
I could write a whole blog just dedicated to the ins and outs of "The Loved One!" The star is a chap named Robert Morse! Robert might deserve some kind award for being in movies with the longest titles: "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You In The Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad," "How To Succeed In Business Without Even Trying," "Where Were You When The Lights Went Out," and "The Man Who Shook The Hand Of Vicente Fernadez," might be some pretty good examples! Robert is still working today and has a regular gig on the TV series "Mad Men!"
"The Loved One" is a 1960's Pop Culture addict's dream come true! There's an amazing array of talent, and many of them like James Coburn are probably on screen for two minutes or less!
Sir John Gielgud was more prone to characters like "Becket," Hamlet," and "Richard The III!" In fact, Sir John was such a classical actor, he was in two versions of movies called "Julius Caesar," one in 1970 where he played Julius himself, and one in 1953 where he had the role of Cassius! In his role here, he works for a movie studio, and it's his job to teach cowboy actor Robert Easton how to speak with an English accent! In real life Robert Easton was a Hollywood voice coach himself! That's how twisted this film is!
Tab Hunter has a small role as The Whispering Glades cemetery tour guide! Tab always seem to look good, no matter what he's doing!
There's a whole lot of eye candy and attention to details in "The Loved One!" The basic premise is that it's a skewering of the funeral business, but it's a lot deeper than that! I love this shot! In white is Anjanette Comer as Aimee Thanatogenous! Aimee works at the cemetery and is one cold fish, but everyone has a tendency to fall in love with her!
Who else but Liberace would you want as funeral director? George?
It's 1965! Tab Hunter and Liberace had not yet come out of the closet and play odd, but basically straight characters, and the normally macho Rod Steiger has the role of the very effeminate Mr. Joyboy, but he's not gay and is in love with his co-worker Aimee!
Everything's backasswards in this film, so funny man, comedian extraordinare Milton Berle has a role that isn't funny!
The only person Aimee can confide in is the Guru Brahmin! she writes him constantly seeking advice on her love life, or on where her love life should be, if she had one!
On the receiving end of those letters is the great Lionel Stander as con man Guru supreme drunken louse Brahmin! Not exactly the kind of guy you want giving you advice! In the 30's, Lionel was in shorts with Shemp Howard, Fatty Arbuckle, and Bob Hope, and he was the voice of bad bird Buzz Buzzard in Woody Woodpecker cartoons! In 1972 he was in a Spanish-Italian movie called "Tedeum" (Father Jackleg), where he played a character named Stinky Manure! He was also Max in 111 episodes of a TV show called "Hart To Hart" in the early 80's!
The real star of "The Loved One" is one of my favourite 60's comedians, Jonathan Winters! He does double duty in this film as brothers Henry Glenworthy and the honourable Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy! Jonathan was a seriously funny man! His comedy records will always remain as some of the best!
Mr. Joyboy invites Aimee over to his house for dinner! He lives with his Mother and waits on her hand and foot!
Not offended yet? Ayllene (House Of The Damned, Chamber Of Horrors) Gibbons as Mr. Joyboy's very large Mom, nearly has an orgasm watching fried chicken commercials on the boob tube!
After all of that, what really creeped me out was the place where Aimee was residing! She lives in a partially constructed home that has been abandoned because it's built on an ever shifting cliff! Straight out weirdsville! Robert finds it pretty unsettling too!
A 15 year old Paul (Phantom Of The Paradise) Williams has the role of the rocket surgeon egghead kid!
There are a lot of sexual innuendos in "The Loved One," and a lot of outmestartuno moments too!
Reverend Glenworthy needs to reclaim the land that he owns that is presently a cemetery so he can build an old folks home, so he has devised a plan to shoot all the bodies into space, but to do that, he needs the approval of the Air Force, so he throws a little COFFIN PARTY for the fly boys! The spunky music was written by award winning classical composer John (The Hour Of 13) Addison!
Let's see, what am I going to try and do? Explain the rest of this thing or show you a cool shot of the Zomba Café? Let's go with Zomba!!
The first body they want to exhume and shoot off into space is the husband of the grieving Miss Dill Pickle herself, Barbara Nichols on the right, so they have to go to the Zomba Café to try and convince her! Barbara was in the classic "Twilight Zone " episode "Twenty-Two" and was also in "The Human Duplicators!" On the left is the manager of the joint as played by Reta Shaw! Name a 60's TV show, and Reta was in it, "Dobie Gillis," Andy Griffith," "My Three Sons," "Lost In Space," "I Spy," "The Monkees" etc. etc.
I couldn't pack all the talent in this movie into this few fotos! There are also appearances by Dana Andrews, Roddy (Planet Of The Apes) McDowell, Robert Morley, Bernie (The Love Boat) Kopell, Asa (Manbeast) Maynor, Jamie Farr, and Joy Harmon! Simply amazing!
As well it should be, Jonathan Winters has the last laugh!