Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R   |    |  Comedy


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After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.


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1 December 2006 | drunk-drunker-drunkest
6
| What do you think I am, some kind of idiot?
Quite how this became Hollywood's most famously reviled and ridiculed creation is almost as mysterious as how such a bizarre film was ever made in the first place.

It's the story of a gay film critic knocked unconscious in a car accident who then dreams he has undergone a sex-change operation and been recreated in Raquel Welch's image. I managed to work that much out after two viewings, the first wondering what the hell I was seeing and the second spotting the few clues to the "plotline" that exist between the scenes of insane camp and bizarre sexual acts.

Somehow, through all the confusion and early '70s delirium, I found myself enjoying it. It is a ridiculous mess, but where else are you going to see the legendary John Huston receiving a brutal Swedish massage and Raquel Welch in glorious widescreen, Technicolor Panavision wearing a strap-on and cowgirl outfit ensemble? Not in Legally Blonde, I know that much.

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Trivia

Mae West would never work until after 5:00 p.m. She also had full approval on all wardrobe decisions for not just her but for Raquel Welch, too. For their one scene together, Welch was supposed to have been wearing a black dress with white trim to counterpoint West's own white dress. On the day of filming, Welch arrived on-set, eager to wear her sumptuous Theadora Van Runkle creation, only to be informed that West had insisted that it be confiscated. Welch was so outraged, she stormed off set and would only return when the dress had been given back.


Quotes

Myron: A secret place known to none but me. And in my secret place, you can beg and torture me. I wouldn't tell you where to go. 'Cause in my secret place, secret place, a secret you know. Secret place, a secret you know.
Surgeon: You realize, once we cut it off, it...


Goofs

Apparently pieced together from different takes, Myra's blouse collar alternately appears fully outside, partially inside/outside and fully outside her jacket during the scene in which she "depantses" Rusty in her office.


Alternate Versions

"Special Edition" version on Fox DVD is slightly different:

  • The line "don't you ever forget it, you motherfuckers" is (awkwardly) re-dubbed to remove the bleep over "mother."
  • The movie clip used after Myron has an orgasm has changed from a war movie to a Laurel & Hardy bit, where Oliver Hardy has champagne sprayed in his face.
  • The entire scene with Myron waking up in the hospital is now black and white (this, says Michael Sarne, to make it clearer that the rest of the movie was a dream).


Soundtracks

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
[played during Myron's fantasy]

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