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The Happy Hooker (1975)

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 »

Director:

Nicholas Sgarro

Writers:

Yvonne Dunleavy (book), Xaviera Hollander (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Redgrave ... Xaviera Hollander
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Yves St. Jacques
Lovelady Powell 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 Owen Hollander ... Lt. Taggert
Barton Heyman ... Dirty Harry
Matthew Cowles ... Albert Ruffleson
Denise Galik ... Cynthia
Trish Hawkins Trish Hawkins ... Chris
Pal Henry Pal Henry ... Aurora
Donna Mitchell ... Lucille
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Storyline

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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A Real Woman Tells The Truth See more »

Genres:

Biography | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Alegre Libertina See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Lynn Redgrave was offered the part of Xaviera Hollander she started work on this picture three days later. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Nip/Tuck: Hannah Tedesco (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Strong outfits, weak plot.
16 July 2001 | by scorpio-xSee 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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