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The Happy Hooker 1975
Description: Having emigrated to Fresh York and instantly got the kiss-off from her mother-besotted fiance, a Dutch lass takes a well-paid office job and begins liberally sampling the local male talent. After a while she decides to create her pleasure her business too, and as her reputation grows she graduates to a high-class bordello. Later she realises she has the right talents to create a true success of a zone of her own.
Released: 12 Oct 1975 Director: Nicholas Sgarro Writers: Yvonne Dunleavy (book), Xaviera Hollander (book), Robin Moore (book), William Richert Actors: Lynn Redgrave, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Lovelady Powell, Tom Poston Genres: Biography, Comedy
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The Happy Hooker Reviews:

Lynn Redgrave and the 70's. This movie is quite the cliché. If anyone wants to look back at the early 70's for research, this is a movie to see.Xaviera Hollander was the beginning of the exposure of modern day Madame in a so-called clean American world. This film says of how she got there, what she did once she was there and why. Whether one agrees with that lifestyle or not, this is quite interesting to tell the least. I would guess that "The Mayflower Madame" Sydney Biddle Barrows and Hedi Fleiss got their ques from Miss Hollander.But what receive me about THIS movie is that -- it's a cute much a Hollywood mainstream saying of the tale. Of course, it would have been obviously for this movie to go the X rated 70's route....but it did not. It says the tale deftly, but it says the tale. This is not a titillating romp as the game suggests and I think a lot of guys renting this movie will be very disappointed."The Satisfied Hooker" plays like a 70's soap opera. Over dramatized, lotsa 70's funky fashion, create up and hair, stiff acting but acting just enough to maybe hold you interested in the tale. It is about the "tale" more than anything else in this version.(Some spoilers) Miss Hollander is a girl who falls in love and is invited to America to marry but upon coming here, she learns that he's a momma's boy. She is then thrust in a country she knows tiny about, gets into many hateful cases and falls into being a call woman in a house with an understanding, but tired, Madame. How does she receive happy? well, Xaviera buys out this Madame when an occasion presents itself and off she goes.While this has all the elements of being a tawdry sex romp with lots of "t" and "a" and sex, it's NOT played that way. What you do see is the "difference" in the types of Hookers of the 70's..at least, the difference as Miss Hollander sees it: the road hookers vs the house hookers. You can say that Miss Hollander felt that house hookers were more elite than road hookers..that was until they met face to face and found out they were all doing the same thing.It is a movie of the 70's, and this spawned a several "Happy Hooker" sequels that aren't as nice (and that's not telling much) as this one. But the unbelievable Lynn Redgrave does a great job of testing one of America's greatest known Madame for a mainstream audience. If you're a Lynn Redgrave fan, you might play this one. If you're a fanatic of the early 70's fashions/attitudes and when Fresh York was crummy, you might like this film. If you're a pornography fanatic looking for titillation...this is DEFINATELY not the movie for you.


I loved this movie from the first time I saw it, on cable, as a kid. It's the first film I ever saw that was about sex from beginning to end but could've been rated G, or at least PG. No one is shown having sex, and it's discussed in such a clinical method it DOES become the "business of pleasure." Of course, a literal movie adaptation of the ebook by Xaviera Hollander would have to be a porn film. I'm glad this film isn't like that. I've never seen anything like it.Lynne Redgrave, newly slim after "Georgy Girl," plays Xaviera, a young girl who has flown to Fresh York to marry a boy she met in South Africa. Once there she meets his bitchy old hag of a mom and the deal falls apart. She hits the 70's singles bar stage ("I've never been shy and I love sex, so why not?" Well yeah...why not?) and after that gets old meets up with a free-spirited Frenchman who pays her "for the pleasure of her company." At first she's insulted he's treated her like a whore, then she realizes if she's going to be sleeping around so much, why not receive some fringe benefits too? Circumstances lead her to joining the brothel of a wonderfully obscene older madame and then branching out on her own before the film ends on a surprisingly somber note, at Christmastime.Lynne carries the movie, of course, and one of the main joys is just watching her work. It's clear she'd only do the movie with limitations, as there's no nudity on her part (or much else, really), and only a several "daring" scenes (a spontaneous lesbian act is more like a carefully choreographed "sensual dance" than an act of sex). It's a "Julie Andrews" ver of what it means to be a prostitute, Lynn never gets her hands, or anything else, sullied and I was captivated by that aspect of it all. Not to mention that her make-up, hair and Anne Roth costumes, and her stature, create her look like a drag queen, even among the another characters of the film.There are so many weird and unbelievable joys to the film though. A bevy of second-rate/down on their luck stars--how did they receive them all for THIS movie??--including Jean-Pierre Aumont, Tom Poston, Elizabeth Wilson, Conrad Janis, Richard Lynch, Anita Morris and a cameo by the unbelievable Vincent Shiavelli as a stoned-out john. This was the first I learned about fetishes, "We have French, Greek, we can take you around the world!", a German dominatrix who "comes in for unique assignments" and a cute young girl who describes being sexually abused as a child...right before the john who has purchased her takes her upstairs to re-enact those very "crimes." When the john asks her if it's OK if they can do this, the hooker responds with understanding and enthusiasm, "Of course...!" and soon you realize it's just her "routine." In this way, most of the brothel scenes come off like musical numbers, and it's curious, captivating and often slyly funny.All this is done with a happy-go-lucky t.v. sitcom mentality that suits the proceedings well. With a heavier hand it would be ugly and dreary. There are plenty of films out there that discuss how terrible prostitution really is and how ugly sex can get, or present unlimited shots glorifying women's bare breasts (the sequels took this route to dull effect). Here's a REAL film about girls who have almost finished control over their bodies and minds, and the boys who pay them, and all these ladies are unashamed and powerful in their convictions that what they are doing is right for them. The fact that the end isn't exactly a satisfied one doesn't take away from this, it only reinforces it. Xaviera says her lawyer, who'd like her to entertain some of his friends, that when she "finds a bed," to have them call her. All the girls will go on and the cycle will go on--Xaviera points it out when a group of tiny Italian men harass them. "You're all tiny boys," she tells with weary, but compassionate, understanding to the shopkeeper who apologizes on their behalf.She also has the thematic line of the film, "I was able to bring something romantic to it {her "work"} simply because I loved it." There are worse things, and far worse movies. For it's flaws, which are many (sloppy editing, cheapness, lack of logic and yes, lack of realism) there are nice lines ("We got a primadonna up there who thinks her ass is cast in platinum..." "Before I knew it I'd gone from office woman to working girl" "I...I think they're fagz! Ernie and Bert on Sesame Street!") and it's that rarity of a film that reads differently if you're an adult than if you're a kid. I had no concept what it was about as a kid, but I enjoyed it all the same.Oh, and not to forget Anita Morris in the only true nude scenes, being turned into "The Human Ice Cream Sundae" while she cackles hysterically. Weird and unforgettable, but not for those craving hot sex scenes, or a frank treatment of the world's oldest profession.The fact that it ends with a Christmas party makes it must-see vacation viewing in my house, oddly enough, alongside "Christmas Evil."**update** This was recently released on DVD which is great, but only in an old fashioned matted letterbox version, not a cleaned up anamorphic ver for wide screen, which is a bummer!


Purportedly this is supposed to be a movie ver of Xavier Hollander's X rated book. What you receive is a PG ver of it! Seriously--what were they thinking? A nice powerful R rated ver of her ebook should have been made but this one wimps out completely. There's no sex and no nudity (unless you count a shot of a guys butt as nudity). It's sanitized to the mission where you should have gotten Julie Andrews to do it! There's talk about sex but it's hardly explicit and certainly not enough to warrant an R rating. Even worse it's cute dull. Difficult to trust that a film about a girl who was a prostitute should be dull--but it is! Lynn Redgrave gives a very nice performance (that's why i give this a 3) but that's not enough to suggest this. The sequels were much more explicit (and more fun). Not worth anyone's time.



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