The Happy Hooker (1975)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy  |  14 January 1976 (France)
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Having emigrated to New York and immediately got the kiss-off from her mother-besotted fiance, a Dutch lass takes a well-paid office job and starts liberally sampling the local male talent.... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lovelady Powell ...
J. Arthur Conrad
Carl Gordon
Mrs. Gordon
The Cop
Owen Hollander ...
Lt. Taggert
Barton Heyman ...
Dirty Harry
Albert Ruffleson
Trish Hawkins ...
Pal Henry ...
Donna Mitchell ...


Having emigrated to New York and immediately got the kiss-off from her mother-besotted fiance, a Dutch lass takes a well-paid office job and starts liberally sampling the local male talent. After a while she decides to make her pleasure her business too, and as her reputation grows she graduates to a high-class bordello. Soon she realises she has the right talents to make a real success of a place of her own. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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"The Happy Hooker" ... She's Naughty ... She's Fun! See more »


Biography | Comedy


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14 January 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Alegre Libertina  »

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Did You Know?


Lynn Redgrave wasn't the first choice to play Xaviera Hollander. This was because she was working full-time on a Broadway play "My Fat Friend" during much of 1974. Redgrave actually worked concurrently on both this movie and the play at the same time. Redgrave once said: "I go on with the movie usually until the absolute last possible minute and usually go right from the set to the theater. And both parts are non-stop." See more »


The Leader: [confronting Xaviera in a female prison cell] Hey, big shit madame bitch. Bet you ain't got no black ass turning tricks in your high-class fuckin' house.
Cowgirl: Oh, she afraid the black's gonna rub off all over her beautiful white sheets, ain't ya, honey?
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Referenced in The Da Vinci Load (2006) See more »


Put Yourself in my Hands
Music and Lyrics by Don Elliott and Joan Wile
Sung by Joan Wile
Recorded at "Masterhouse"
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Tame and lame "adult" comedy based upon the 70's most famous madam!

The Happy Hooker (1975) was loosely based upon the best seller about of the era's most popular and successful madam's. Lynn Redgrave stars as the happy one. But the film is just bad in all aspects. It fails at being an "adult" comedy and it fails at being a biography. I wouldn't even catagorize it in the "trying too hard" section because it didn't even do that. Boring stuff that deserves to be buried. May it never see the light of day. By the way, this movie ruined my tastes for sundaes and banana splits. Don't watch this one. The sequels are a lot better than this one. That's not saying much either because they're both bad.

Followed by "Happy Hooker Goes to Washington" and "Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood". Too tame and way too lame.

Not recommended.


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