- Director: Silvio Narizzano
- Writer: Ray Galton; Joe Orton
- Producer: Arthur Lewis
Two things that immediately spring to mind: Joe Orton is dated & Richard Attenborough couldn't do comedy...embarrassingly/cringingly so.
Basically, this is an over-stretched farce about hiding a corpse...funny huh? The only person laughing was Joe Orton himself, he sold the rights for a ridiculous sum of money [the amount varies between sources]......for a dreadful play that became an even worse screenplay. A screenplay that is - in part - narrated by a singer of some truly awful songs...who came up with that idea?!?
Alas, Joe Orton never got to see his play savagely transferred onto the big screen, he was murdered by his boyfriend in 1967...what would he have thought of this debacle!?! We can only wonder!
It was a sign o' the times...free love, bad hair and brazen sexuality...this film has them all...in abundance. Sadly, the only thing is doesn't have is one genuine laugh...strange, considering this was the heyday of the 'Carry On...' films, with all those gloriously camp shenanigans. Loot is an inferior, poor man's copy...with some notable names attached.
It is camp...but, flat and humourless. It really is just a mess of a film.
Based on the play by 'Joe Orton' this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor and they have a coffin to spare. Then there's the gold-digger nurse and the gonad-grabber detective and a host of other wonderful characters.