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Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of ... See full summary »

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Jed Johnson

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Pat Hackett (story and screenplay), George Abagnalo (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyrinda Foxe Cyrinda Foxe ... R.C.
Matthew Anton Matthew Anton ... Drugstore Boy
Cathy Roskam Cathy Roskam ... Drugstore Mother
Carroll Baker ... Hazel Aiken
Susan Tyrrell ... Mary Aiken
Mary Boylan Mary Boylan ... Grandmother
Gordon Oas-Heim ... Mr. Aiken
Perry King ... L.T.
Michael Forella Michael Forella ... Ice Cream Counterman
Kitty Bruce Kitty Bruce ... Karla
Tere Tereba Tere Tereba ... Ingrid Joyner
Renee Paris Renee Paris ... Sara Leachman
Stefania Casini ... P.G.
John H. Starke John H. Starke ... Joe Leachman (as John Starke)
Ruth Jaroslow Ruth Jaroslow ... Electrolysis Patient
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Storyline

Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of money. She is reluctant to use him for a hit, since she prefers using women, but decides to try him on a trial basis. Meanwhile, the local cop she pays off wants an arrest to make it look like he's actually doing his job, but she doesn't want to sacrifice any of her "associates." Several other side plots are woven in, populated with characters from the sleazy side of life. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Warhol's Bad See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Factory Films (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Vivian Vance also turned down the role of Hazel. She felt it would damage her image among fans who flocked to theaters to see her whenever she appeared in a play. See more »

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When Mary changes her baby's diaper, the soiled portion of the garment is in the front, not the back as is always the case. See more »

Quotes

Hazel Aiken: When your ship comes in, I'm waiting at the pier.
L.T.: Don't fall off.
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Alternate Versions

The film was cut for its UK cinema release to remove all closeup footage of pornographic magazine material, and to edit the finger removal scene and shots of a dead baby. See more »

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Referenced in Balling for Dollar$ (1980) See more »

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Talk
Courtesy of David Werner
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Subtle Irony in the Dialogue
3 May 2011 | by leogeeeSee all my reviews

If you're not sure what irony is, imagine a housewife in Queens running a legitimate electrolysis shop while also running an illegitimate "murder for hire" operation. But Hazel Aiken's real pet peeves are using off color references (toilet talk) in her kitchen or after deliberately scattering broken glass, sets up her male boarder to walk barefoot through it, threatening him if he gets blood droplets on her rug. Orchestrating the murders of auto mechanics, babies and dogs is just part of a days work. Carroll Baker is perfect is the self-absorbed Hazel Aiken who prefers using women to carry out these dastardly deeds. It is only after she breaks from tradition and hires L.T (Perry King) as her newest recruit, do things go astray. Every job is bungled. Hazel's homely, depressed and poor daughter-in-law (Susan Tyrrell) is the only soul with a conscience in this dark but funny flick. Of all the "underground" Wahhol movies, this would be considered closest to "ground level". It also stars Brigid Berlin (then Brigid Polk), Cyrinda Foxe, Mary Boylan, Stefania Casini, Charles McGregor and a list of lesser known "Warhol" affiliates. It's a "must see" for those who appreciate the offbeat.


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