As a kid, I only saw the end of Clive Donner’s directing career — TV movies like Babes In Toyland and Spectre and weird stuff like Old Dracula, The Nude Bomb and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.
At one point, he was a big part of the British New Wave, making movies like What’s New Pussycat?, Nothing but the Best and The Caretaker.
Luv wasn’t well-received by critics, but I think it was just the inevitable backlash against what the old guard was told was the next new thing.
The story begins with Harry Berlin (Jack Lemmon) about to jump off of a bridge before he is distracted by an old friend he barely remembers, Milt Manville (Peter Falk), who can’t stop bragging about how good his life is. Harry has a plan, though. He plans on leaving his wife Ellen Manville (Elaine May, who went on to write many a romantic comedy) and hopes that Harry can take care of her when he’s gone.
The problem? Milt and Ellen love each other more than they love their new spouses, so they try and get Harry to fall for Milt’s Linda. Either that or he’s going to have to really jump off the bridge.
I kind of love the poster for this, which panders to hippies, who were all either avoiding theaters or waiting for Easy Rider.
Luv is part of the Peter Falk 4-Film Comedy Collection from Mill Creek Entertainment, along with The Cheap Detective, Big Trouble and Happy New Year. You can get it from Deep Discount.