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Plots with a View

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Original title
Plots with a Viewaka
  • Undertaking Betty
Running time
94 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Frederick Ponzlov
Rupert Gregson-Williams
James Welland
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Great British Films / Spice Factory / Snowfall Films
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Synopsis / Plot
This comedy takes a riotous look at small town Welsh country life centered around competing funeral homes. BORIS PLOTZ, Director of Plotz Funeral Homes, dreamed of only two things as a young boy... dancing and BETTY. Betty secretly loved Boris, but could not fight her father's wishes, so she was married off to a gold digger. Boris gave up his dreams and took over the family's undertaking business. Everything has remained status quo in their lives until Betty's mother-in-law dies. Boris and Betty are thrust together again and as they discuss the funeral arrangements for Betty's mother-in-law, the old spark is re-kindled. Her funeral will be held at Plotz Funeral Homes, much to the chagrin of rival funeral director, FRANK FEATHERBED. Featherbed, an American, is determined to revolutionize the undertaking business in Wales through the innovation of "theme" funerals.

Boris and Betty discover that the only obstacle between their love for one another, is Betty's marriage to the two-timing Mayor. In a desperate bid for happiness Boris and Betty decide to stage her death and run away together. Meanwhile Featherbed is holding his first funeral -- done much to the surprise of the bereaved, in a Star Trek theme. During the service Featherbed's assistant operates the special effects that produce smoke and music. However, when he pushes the switch that raises the coffin for the "beamed up" effect, the switch sticks and the coffin breaks through the roof! Boris pursues the plan for faking Betty's death by enlisting the help of the town doctor. But still, nothing goes as planned and so the comedy begins.
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