The Loved One

Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel about the British in Hollywood and Californian funeral practices was long a Buñuel project, but it finally fell to Richardson and a potentially riotous cast. Morse, unfortunately, as the British poet who ends up in the pet cemetery business, is no match for the expert wackiness on display, in particular Ayllene Gibbons as Steiger's bedridden (and food-bound) mother, and Liberace as a casket salesman. Sadly, the script, by Terry Southern out of Christopher Isherwood, just tries too hard to pack too much in, and the frenetic pacing becomes tiresome very quickly.

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tony Richardson
Screenwriter: Terry Southern, Christopher Isherwood
Cast: Rod Steiger
Milton Berle
Tab Hunter
Liberace
Margaret Leighton
Anjanette Comer
Dana Andrews
Robert Morse
Robert Morley
Roddy McDowall
Lionel Stander
Jonathan Winters
John Gielgud
Ayllene Gibbons
James Coburn
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