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The Working Girls (1974)

R | | Comedy | October 1974 (USA)
Honey comes to Los Angeles to seek her new lifestyle, but is flat broke. She gets a place to stay with Denise and Jill. Honey has hard luck finding a job, but eventually gets hired by a ... See full summary »

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Sarah Kennedy ...
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Denise
Mark Thomas ...
Nick
Lynne Guthrie ...
Jill
Ken Del Conte ...
Mike
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Vernon
Eugene Elman ...
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Lou Tiano ...
Lou
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Katya
Bob Schott ...
Roger
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Honey comes to Los Angeles to seek her new lifestyle, but is flat broke. She gets a place to stay with Denise and Jill. Honey has hard luck finding a job, but eventually gets hired by a millionaire to just talk to him. Denise falls in love with a guitar player Honey brings home, but there's something shady going on with him. Jill works at the local strip bar as a waitress, and the manager has new plans for her. Soon the girls get thrown into danger by the illegal activities of the men they love, and must find a way to solve the problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Final film of Mary Beth Hughes. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »

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Mixed Messages
10 October 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is one of a number of Roger Corman produced drive-in movies from the 70's that focused on the lives and loves of various "career" women and attempted to take the traditional T and A sexploitation formula of the time and inject it with half-a**ed feminist themes. Like many of these other films (i.e. "The Student Teachers", "Candy Stripe Nurses") this movie offers some incredibly mixed messages. The main heroine, Honey, for instance, is a complete bimbo with a truly annoying voice. In a normal T and A flick she'd only be there to take her clothes off, but she doesn't here. Instead she flirts with contract killing, gets paid to talk to a reclusive billionaire (I'd pay her NOT to talk to me), and eventually reveals a talent for the stock market (even though she is as dumb as a box of rocks). Her roommate is a struggling artist, and in an interesting role reversal, it is her various male models that have the nude scenes. The third roommate, Jill, becomes a waitress and stripper (it is her and another stripper, played by Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, who provide all the female nudity). She eventually becomes manager of the club and has a torrid affair with a handsome mafioso who is shaking the place down. He beats her up (when her roommates ask he her what happened, she says she was "fighting on the Italian front"), but incredibly, they part on good terms. Talk about mixed messages.

In its defense, however, this movie really isn't that bad or all that unbelievable (aside from the annoying Honey character). It does honestly portray a lot of the confusion that was being experienced at that time in the so-called Sexual Revolution. And while it's mixed messages probably didn't endear it to either feminists or the male raincoat brigade, it is vastly preferable to Corman's later "feminist" films which usually feature Maria Ford or Julie Strain beating up muscular guys while wearing nothing but a g-string. (This film is a cinematic feminist thesis by comparison). It was also directed by Stephanie Rothman, one of the first female exploitation directors who helmed a couple of interesting WIP flicks, "Terminal Island" and "Sweet Sugar", and one honest-to-god good movie, "The Velvet Vampire". You could do worse I guess.


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