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The Love God? (1969)

M | | Comedy | August 1969 (USA)
Abner Audubon Peacock (Don Knotts) is the publisher of a bird-watcher's magazine which is converted into a girlie mag by an unscrupulous operator Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien).

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Knotts ... Abner Audubon Peacock IV
Anne Francis ... Lisa LaMonica
Edmond O'Brien ... Osborn Tremaine
James Gregory ... Darrell Evans Hughes
Maureen Arthur ... Evelyn Tremaine
Maggie Mancuso ... Rose Ellen Wilkerson (as Maggie Peterson)
Jesslyn Fax ... Miss Love
Jacques Aubuchon ... Carter Fenton
Marjorie Bennett ... Miss Pickering
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Amos Peacock
Ruth McDevitt ... Miss Keezy
Roy Stuart ... Joe Merkel
Herb Voland ... Atty. Gen. Frederick Snow
James Westerfield ... Rev. Wilkerson
Bob Hastings ... Shrader
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Abner Audubon Peacock (Don Knotts) is the publisher of a bird-watcher's magazine which is converted into a girlie mag by an unscrupulous operator Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien).

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USA

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English

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August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love God? See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Dyan Cannon's agent gave her a choice of appearing in this comedy and securing a five-picture deal with Universal Pictures or appearing as Alice in the comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973). She chose the latter and earned a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. See more »

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Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country, but Abner's "Brazilian" guide speaks with a Hispanic accent and has a Spanish name. See more »

Quotes

Atty. Gen. Frederick Snow: If you love your country, you'll publish a filthy magazine.
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Crazy Credits

When the opening credits actually show the film's title, the voice of Don Knotts can be heard in voice-over, asking in obvious disbelief, "The WHAT???" See more »

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Referenced in Gravity Falls: The Love God (2014) See more »

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Summer in the Meadow
Written by Nat Hiken and Lyn Murray
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Social Commentary from Don Knotts?
18 April 2001 | by AjtlawyerSee all my reviews

Don Knotts got a lot of mileage out of his inept Barney Fife character which he played in a series of movies throughout the 1960s (he won four or five straight Emmys so you have to give him credit). Most of his movie rip-offs were forgettable but not "The Love God?" Then and now, the movie is a social satire and a commentary on public morals. I'm not sure that is exactly what Knotts intended but that is what results. Knotts is Abner Peacock, the publisher of Peacock's Magazine, a bird-watcher journal which is in bankruptcy. Osborn Trelaine comes to his rescue with capital to save the magazine. What Abner doesn't know, and doesn't find out until he returns from a bird expedition, is that Trelaine is a pornographer. As soon as he returns to America, Abner is arrested for obscenity. The trial that follows is hilarious as Knotts' famous lawyer lambasts him and tells the country how disgusted he is to be representing such a degenerate. But because he loves liberty, he has to do it. Abner is acquitted and now finds himself to be considered to be a Casanova by every woman in America. His lawyers, his family and the pornographers convince him that it is his patriotic duty to put out a filthy magazine and prove to the world how free a country the US is. "But I don't know the first thing about publishing filth!" he objects. "You're young! You can learn!" he's told. With the luscious Anne Francis as his editor Abner then becomes the front for the most popular sex magazine of all time. Trouble is, while America thinks he's bopping models three at a time, he's actually a virgin and intimidated by women (except the faithful Rose Ellen who waits to marry him.). The funniest sequence of the movie is a musical montage of Abner living the jet-set life and appearing at a string of nightclubs. His hilarious rendition of "Summer in the Meadow" ("by Eloise W. Fetlock") is also unforgettable. Don Knotts never made a better movie and the social commentary hasn't diminished one iota in the over 30 yrs since it was released.


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