Arriving in California to visit his distant uncle Sir Francis Hinsley (John Gielgud), young English poet Dennis Barlow (Robert Morse) takes a job at the Happier Hunting Ground, a pet cemetery.
When his uncle commits suicide, Dennis finds himself drawn into the bizarre world of mortuaries and morticians.
An outrageous, scathing black comedy about the business of death and life in Southern California, this hip adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s 1948 novel is sick humour at its best.
Rod Steiger is shudderingly awful as the mortician Mr Joyboy (pictured above), but spot-on cameos from James Coburn, Liberace and Lionel Stander just about compensate.
Wilbur Glenworthy/Harry Glenworthy
Sir Francis Hinsley
Sir Ambrose Abercrombie
DJ Jnr’s secretary
Paul H. Williams