The Loved One
Time Out saysEvelyn 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.
Cast and crew
Rod Steiger, Roddy McDowall, Lionel Stander, Jonathan Winters, John Gielgud, Ayllene Gibbons, Robert Morley, Milton Berle, Tab Hunter, Liberace, Margaret Leighton, Anjanette Comer, Dana Andrews, Robert Morse, James Coburn