Some may call George Axelrod’s Lord Love a Duck satire, others way-out comedy, still others brilliant, while there may be some who ask, what’s it all about?
Whatever the reaction, there is no question that the film [based on Al Hire’s novel] is packed with laughs, often of the truest anatomical kind, and there is a veneer of sophistication which keeps showing despite the most outlandish goings-on. Some of the comedy is inspirational, a gagman’s dream come true, and there is bite in some of Axelrod’s social commentary beneath the wonderful nonsense.
The characters are everything here, each developed brightly along zany lines, topped by Roddy McDowall as a Svengali-type high school student leader who pulls the strings on the destiny of Tuesday Weld, an ingenuish-type sexpot whose philosophy is wrapped up in her words ‘Everybody’s got to love me’.
McDowall is in good form as the mastermind of the school, and he has a strong contender for interest in blonde Weld in a characterization warm and appealing. Scoring almost spectacularly is Lola Albright as Weld’s mother, a cocktail bar ‘bunny’ who commits suicide when she thinks she’s ruined her daughter’s chances for marriage.