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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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14 January 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Alegre Libertina  »

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Xaviera Hollander's memoir that this movie is based on, "The Happy Hooker: My Own Story", was published in 1971. This movie was filmed about four years after it was released. 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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Followed by The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977) See more »


"The Happy Hooker
Music and Lyrics by Robin Moore
Produced by Robin Moore and Richard Rome
Sung by Mary Olga
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Strong outfits, weak plot.
16 July 2001 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

Well, there's not much smut to be had here. Not much humor, really, either. So what does this film have to recommend it? Well, Lynn Redgrave wears a series of smashing early-70s outfits--floppy hats, go-go boots, backless evening gowns, big-sleeved minidresses... and the other hookers have some fresh attire as well (some charming negligees, lavender disco dresses, etc.). And some of the scenes of her tricks are mildly amusing (although many inadvertently so), particularly the one where she does a reverse striptease while reciting a business report.

Still, it starts off excruciatingly slow and you can see what plot twists there are coming a mile away with bludgeoning sticks in hand. And the party scenes in the brothel aren't nearly as much fun as you'd expect, considering as the 70s was a golden era for movie party scenes and this is supposedly a whorehouse. Not worth watching, really, although it is worth flipping back and forth to if there's not much else on.

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