When it first came out in 1965, the come-on for this film was "The motion picture with something to offend everyone!" In this uproariously funny black comedy, young Dennis Barlow arrives in Hollywood from England to find his wealthy uncle (John Gielgud) dead and has to make the funeral arrangements. Most of the story takes place at "Whispering Glades," a sprawling, absurdly commercial cemetery modeled on Forest Lawn. Dennis falls in love with a pretty embalmer named Aimee Thanatogenes (nudge nudge), but must deal with romantic rival Rod Steiger (a cosmetician for corpses -- watch for his ghastly scenes with his frightfully obese mother), imperious and venal cemetery administrator the Blessed Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy, and his own job working for a pet cemetery. Lots of lovely cameos: from Jonathan Winters doing both the Blessed Reverend and his brother-owner of the pet cemetery, to Tab Hunter, Dana Andrews, Roddy McDowall, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Robert Morley, even young Jamie Farr as an uncredited waiter at an English club, and best of all, Liberace as an unctuous casket salesman! A gem.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus