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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Loved One

Satirical take on funeral industry

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by Patrick Ivers, Film Critic
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The Loved One – 1965 (b/w) adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel (another instance of an unusual name for a man, but then he was British), a satirical take on the funeral industry in southern California; featuring Robert Morse (sort of reminded me of Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits) as the cynical British nephew of John Gielgud’s character Sir Francis, who commits suicide after he loses his Hollywood job, who seduces the oh-so innocent, naïve Aimé (Anjanette Comer), a cosmetologist at Whispering Glade, with the poems of famous poets; Jonathan Winters (and his twin self), Rod Steiger as Mr Joyboy, and bit parts for James Coburn, Tab Hunter, Liberace, Milton Berle, Roddy McDowall; the two scenes with the obscenely obese Mrs Joyboy gorging herself are grossly enthralling. 

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Copyright © 2006 Patrick Ivers. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder.
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