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The Man Who Liked Funerals

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The Man Who Liked Funerals
Directed byDavid Eady
Produced byJon Penington
Written byMargot Bennett
Cecily Finn
Joan O'Connor
StarringLeslie Phillips
Susan Beaumont
Bill Fraser
Music byEdwin Astley
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byJohn Seabourne
Penington Eady Productions
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • January 1959 (1959-01) (UK)
Running time
59m 29s[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Man Who Liked Funerals is a 1959 British comedy film starring Leslie Phillips, Susan Beaumont and Bill Fraser. It was directed by David Eady and written by Margot Bennett, Cecily Finn and Joan O'Connor. The film was released in the United Kingdom in January 1959.


In order to help a youth club which is under threat of closure, a man begins attending funerals where he blackmails the relatives of the recently deceased, threatening to publish incriminating stories about them. However, his plans encounter problems when he tries to blackmail the family of a prominent villain.


Critical reception

It was one of 15 films selected by Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane in The British 'B' Film, their survey of British B films, as among the most meritorious of the B films made in Britain between World War II and 1970. They describe it as "fresh and gently funny", "consistently amusing, its plot worked out with some wit" and add that "its cast, amiably led by Phillips at the start of his starring career, enters into the spirit of the joke".[2]


  1. ^ "THE MAN WHO LIKED FUNERALS | British Board of Film Classification".
  2. ^ Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 273–74.

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