In 1880 pioneering doctor Mortimer Granville,sacked from various hospitals for challenging his superiors' out-moded methods,gets a job with Dr Dalrymple,who relieves female patients' frustrations - or hysteria - with pelvic massages which allow orgasm. The handsome young doctor attracts a large female clientele and gets engaged to Dalrymple's studious younger daughter Emily but after the constant massaging brings on a carpal injury he is sacked. Fortunately an enterprising inventor friend has come up with a power operated feather duster which will soon be transformed into a vibrator and make Mortimer a fortune. Along the way he also realises that his heart really lies with Emily's older sister Charlotte,an outspoken suffragette who runs a home for disadvantaged women in London's East End.
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He created an invention that turned on half the world.
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14 December 2011 (France)
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Opening Weekend USA: $35,656,
20 May 2012, Limited Release
Gross USA: $1,800,000, 31 December 2012
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Dr. Granville's electromechanical vibrator was portable but had a wet cell battery that weighed about 40 pounds. See more
The newspaper photograph of Doctor Granville is taken with flash powder in a flash pan. The story takes place in 1880 and flash powder was not invented until 1885. See more
I truly don't even know why I'm here, doctor.
Well, of course it's difficult running a large household by oneself. And raising four children is exacting, but they're wonderful, wonderful children. And my husband, he's a good man. A very hard worker. Um... Ahem. Well, there is just one thing. Sometimes at night, when he comes to me, I imagine myself splitting his fat bald head with a great large ax.
During the end credits images of several different vibrators throughout history are shown. See more