Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Banned Camp

Billed as the movie with something to offend everyone when released in 1965, The Loved One just goes to show how far our national outrage has been goosed loose in 40 years--the Whispering Glades funeral home in this movie adapted from Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel wouldn't even be near the neighborhood of South Park.

That said, there's Rod Steiger as Mr. Joyboy. And until you've seen Steiger, in an apron, preparing dinner singing "Momma's little Joyboy loves lobster, lobster..." you don't really know what camp is. (And what a supporting cast: Milton Berle, Roddy MacDowall, Paul Williams--creepy even as a teen--, Liberace, Tab Hunter, Jamie Farr, Bernie Koppel, Alan Napier and even Chick Hearn!)


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