Myra Breckinridge (1970)

94 mins | Comedy | 1970

Director:

Michael Sarne

Producer:

Robert Fryer

Cinematographer:

Richard Moore

Production Designers:

Jack Martin Smith, Fred Harpman

Production Company:

Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Clips from Stowaway (1936), featuring Shirley Temple singing "You Got To S-M-I-L-E" are shown over the beginning and end titles. Clips from other Twentieth Century--Fox films appear throughout the film. One source credits Gore Vidal with screenplay collaboration and Mae West with additional ... More Less

Clips from Stowaway (1936), featuring Shirley Temple singing "You Got To S-M-I-L-E" are shown over the beginning and end titles. Clips from other Twentieth Century--Fox films appear throughout the film. One source credits Gore Vidal with screenplay collaboration and Mae West with additional material. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Co-film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Mae West's cost
MUSIC
Mus supv & cond
Orch
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Main titles
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Casting supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal (Boston, 1968).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Secret Place," music and lyrics by John Phillips, sung by Rex Reed
"Hard To Handle," music and lyrics by Allen Jones, Alvertis Isbell and Otis Redding, sung by Mae West
"You Gotta Taste All the Fruit," composer undetermined, sung by Mae West.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1970
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 June 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38117
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
94
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When New York film critic Myron Breckenridge undergoes a sex-change operation in Copenhagen, he ceases to exist, except as a white-suited phantom alter ego that hovers around his new identity, Myra Breckenridge, the All-American Woman whom "no man will ever possess." Myra, posing as the "late" Myron's widow, arrives at her Uncle Buck Loner's acting academy in Westwood, California, to claim an inheritance of half the land on which the ex-cowboy star has created his lavish training ground for screenstruck Hollywood hopefuls. Outraged, Buck and his attorneys begin a series of desperate legal attempts to invalidate her claim; meanwhile, Myra is offered a position on the faculty as instructress for a posture and empathy class. The crusading Myra begins her true quest: the ruination of American manhood. After ingratiating herself with a young acting student, Rusty, she lures him to the infirmary after hours so they may be alone. On the pretext of measuring him for a special orthopedic brace, Myra straps the naked Rusty to an operating table and rapes him mercilessly from the rear, whipping him in the process. Later, the disillusioned youth ends up at the beach retreat of singer and talent agent Leticia Van Allen, who finds him the best in a long and illustrious list of studs. Mary Ann, Rusty's adoring girl friend, is distraught over his behavior and comes to Myra for consolation, but instead her teacher tries to seduce her. When the attorneys discover that no evidence exists of Myron's marriage or demise, Myra hoists her skirt and reveals to the shocked witnesses the scar from her operation. After leaving the estate, she is hit by a car but awakens in the ... +


When New York film critic Myron Breckenridge undergoes a sex-change operation in Copenhagen, he ceases to exist, except as a white-suited phantom alter ego that hovers around his new identity, Myra Breckenridge, the All-American Woman whom "no man will ever possess." Myra, posing as the "late" Myron's widow, arrives at her Uncle Buck Loner's acting academy in Westwood, California, to claim an inheritance of half the land on which the ex-cowboy star has created his lavish training ground for screenstruck Hollywood hopefuls. Outraged, Buck and his attorneys begin a series of desperate legal attempts to invalidate her claim; meanwhile, Myra is offered a position on the faculty as instructress for a posture and empathy class. The crusading Myra begins her true quest: the ruination of American manhood. After ingratiating herself with a young acting student, Rusty, she lures him to the infirmary after hours so they may be alone. On the pretext of measuring him for a special orthopedic brace, Myra straps the naked Rusty to an operating table and rapes him mercilessly from the rear, whipping him in the process. Later, the disillusioned youth ends up at the beach retreat of singer and talent agent Leticia Van Allen, who finds him the best in a long and illustrious list of studs. Mary Ann, Rusty's adoring girl friend, is distraught over his behavior and comes to Myra for consolation, but instead her teacher tries to seduce her. When the attorneys discover that no evidence exists of Myron's marriage or demise, Myra hoists her skirt and reveals to the shocked witnesses the scar from her operation. After leaving the estate, she is hit by a car but awakens in the hospital as Myron. He is disturbed to find himself without large breasts, but later he seems resigned to coexistence with his feminine counterpart as he and Myra dance down the street together. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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