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The Happy Hooker -- In the first of three films on the life of Xaviera Hollander, the famous hooker from Holland traces her career as madam of the biggest and most profitable bordellos in New York.


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Release Date:
14 January 1976 (France) See more »
You know about sex. Now learn about life. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Lynn Redgrave ... Xaviera Hollander

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Yves St. Jacques
Lovelady Powell ... Madelaine

Tom Poston ... J. Arthur Conrad

Nicholas Pryor ... Carl Gordon

Elizabeth Wilson ... Mrs. Gordon

Conrad Janis ... Fred

Richard Lynch ... The Cop
Owen Hollander ... Lt. Taggert

Barton Heyman ... Dirty Harry

Matthew Cowles ... Albert Ruffleson

Denise Galik ... Cynthia
Trish Hawkins ... Chris
Pal Henry ... Aurora
Donna Mitchell ... Lucille
Darlene Parks ... April Jones

Anita Morris ... May Smith / Linda Jo
Sharon Laughlin ... Nadine

Rochelle Oliver ... Norma
Inga Bunsch ... Finch
Joan T. Scott ... Carla
Gretchen Shawn ... Reality Girl
Lauren Simon ... Finkle Bellis
Mary Olga ... Rosie

Mason Adams ... The Banker with Chris
Dan Resin ... The Senator with Chris
Shanton Granger ... Benson Girfield
Alek Primrose ... John Burden

John Getz ... Trout Fisherman
William Duell ... Meek Man
Andrew Smith ... Man in a hurry

Vincent Schiavelli ... Music Guru
Lee Wallace ... Henry Knowlton
Gwendolyn Saska-Brown ... Suzanne Knowlton (as Gwendolyn Saska-Brown)
Ben Hayes ... Singles Bar Salesman
Dorothi Fox ... Rosita the Maid (as Dorothy Fox)
Robert Dryden ... Mr. Gordon

George Dzundza ... Chet

Kenneth Tigar ... Steve
John Ramsey ... Alex the Lawyer
Murray Moston ... Customs Agent
Lenny Del Genio ... The Grocer
Philip Larson ... Deckhand
Jane Marie Scileppi ... Sonia
Guillermo Irizarry ... Carlos the Houseboy

Allan Rich ... Desk Sergeant
Frank Aldrich ... Ryan
Lou Bedford ... Wilkins
Larry Silvestri ... Arresting Officer
Florence Tarlow ... Petulia
Ellyne Liz Culver ... Matron
Susanna Singleton ... The Leader
Chip Fields ... Red Hat
Sandra Reaves-Phillips ... In the Pink (as Sandra Phillips)
Adrian James ... Cowgirl
Marilyn Thomas ... Blue Hair
Wilhelmina Ross ... Lo-La
Joaquin Reyes ... Tall One
Maureen Sadusk ... Girl on Crutches
Vito De Palo ... Neighborhood Boy
Frank Mastropasqua ... Neighborhood Boy
John Sbarro ... Neighborhood Boy
Mario Capparelli ... Neighborhood Boy
Michael Galardi ... Neighborhood Boy (as Michael Gelardi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seamus O'Brien

Stefan Schnabel ... Elderly Gentleman

Directed by
Nicholas Sgarro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yvonne Dunleavy  book
Xaviera Hollander  book
Robin Moore  book
William Richert 

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... producer
Dennis Friedland .... executive producer
Marlene Hess .... executive producer
Original Music by
Don Elliott 
Cinematography by
Richard C. Kratina  (as Dick Kratina)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Set Decoration by
Hans Swanson 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist (as Robert Grimaldi)
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production supervisor (as Fred Caruso)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter A. Runfolo .... second assistant director
Ted Zachary .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Hughes .... scenic chargeman
Mario Mazzola .... props
Thomas Saccio .... property master
Kenneth Weinberg .... props
Sound Department
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator
Peter C. Frank .... assistant sound editor (as Peter Frank)
Marc Laub .... sound editor
David Moshlak .... sound recordist
Emil Neroda .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Barilla .... camera operator
Don Biller .... assistant camera (as Donald Biller)
Joe Carroll .... set grip (as Joseph Carroll)
John de Blau Sr. .... generator operator
Jerry DeBlau .... electrician (as Jeffy De Blau)
John W. DeBlau .... best boy (as John De Blau Jr.)
Vinnie Gerardo .... camera focus (as Vincent Gerardo)
Kenny Gross .... key grip (as Ken Gross)
Charles Moore .... still photographer
Frank Schulz .... gaffer
Robert M. Volpe .... dolly grip (as Robert Volpe)
Casting Department
Vic Ramos .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert De Mora .... assistant costume designer
Florence Gabrielle .... wardrobe
Marilyn Putnam .... costumer
Max Soloman .... costumer (as Max Solomon)
Editorial Department
Jonathan Cohen .... apprentice editor
Cynthia Scheider .... assistant editor
Location Management
John H. Starke .... location coordinator (as John Starke)
Music Department
Don Elliott .... music arranger
Don Elliott .... music producer
Other crew
Peter Burrell .... d.g.a. trainee
Peter Diaferia .... titles (as Peter F. Diaferia)
Lou Fusaro .... unit coordinator (as Louis Fusaro)
Sidney Gecker .... script supervisor (as Sid Gecker)
James Giblin .... teamster captain
Susan B. Landau .... production assistant (as Susan Landau)
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Shari Leibowitz .... production office coordinator
Joan McWade .... production accountant
Tom Miller .... unit publicist
Donald Saddler .... choreographer
George Severini .... production assistant

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R | Norway:16 (1988) (video rating) | Norway:18 (1977) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Ann-Margret turned down the role of Xaviera Hollander in this picture.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 14 (1996) (V)See more »
One to OneSee more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Strong outfits, weak plot., 16 July 2001
Author: scorpio-x from Las Vegas

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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