The Happy Hooker

The only spark in this cheapskate version of Xaviera Hollander's much-touted life story is provided by Lynn Redgrave's believable and consistently interesting incarnation of Xaviera as a rather practical lady of no great imagination but a deal of energy. The script and direction are both doggedly routine. Anything like a sex scene is promptly elided out of existence, a promising line of social satire fails to develop, and the sorry light cast on the male characters, all roundly and condescendingly patronised by the women, is allowed to develop swiftly into overripe farce. A distinct aura of missed opportunity hangs about the proceedings, which make quite a good job of sidestepping the relevant issues.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nicholas Sgarro
Screenwriter: William Richert
Cast: Lynn Redgrave
Jean-Pierre Aumont
Lovelady Powell
Nicholas Pryor
Elizabeth Wilson
Tom Poston
Conrad Janis
Richard Lynch
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