Myron Breckinridge flies to Europe to get a sex-change operation and is transformed into the beautiful Myra. She travels to Hollywood, meets up with her rich Uncle Buck and, claiming to be Myron’s widow, demands money. Instead, Buck gives Myra a job in his acting school. There, Myra meets aspiring actor Rusty and his girlfriend, Mary Ann. With Myra as catalyst, the trio begin to outrageously expand their sexual horizons.
20th Century Fox’s film was one of the biggest bombs ever made. Originally rated X, it was the cinematic adaptation of Gore Vidal’s 1968 notorious story about a man-hating trans-sexual Myron (Rex Reed), then re-named Myra Breckinridge (Raquel Welch) in Hollywood.
It included the infamous scene of a sham physical exam (and dildo rape!) conducted by star-spangled pattern-wearing Myra on hapless de-pantsed patient and young Hollywood acting student Rusty Godowsky (Roger Herren) – she told her subject as she put on a large strap-on dildo:
“I shall ball you, Rusty…I won’t kill you Rusty, I’ll just educate you, you and the rest of America. Must be demonstrated to you practically, that there is no such thing as manhood. It died with Burt Lancaster in Vera Cruz. Your manhood was taken by Errol Flynn and Clark Gable! I am only going to supply you with the finishing touches.”
The outrageous scene was complete with intercut shots of various stars (Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe – in her famous pin-up pose, Clark Gable, etc.), bucking broncho-riding, the assault of a fortress with a large wooden battering ram, clips from a Laurel and Hardy film, a shot of the Hoover Dam collapsing, an image of Myra on a flowery swing spouting: “Hooray for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Uncle Sam, here I come,” the cresting over the top of a roller-coaster, the tune “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, and an H-bomb explosion.
The story also featured an aging 77 year-old Mae West (caricaturing herself) as sex-craving talent agent Letitia Van Allen with many one-liners: (i.e., “Well, the end of another busy day. I can’t wait till I get back to bed. If that don’t work, I’ll try to sleep”).
Other preposterous scenes included:
Myra’s bedroom seduction of Rusty’s dumb blonde girlfriend Mary Ann Pringle (Farrah Fawcett in her debut film role) who told her: “If only there was some man like you. I’d really fall, I would. But not like this. If only you were a man…”
the publicized scene of Myra’s skirts-up revelation of her sex-change operation on top of a table
a scene of Myra delivering oral sex to Myron, while he fantasized a vision of Mary Ann (“a typical, fun-loving, California sweetheart”) providing him with a selection of delectable food treats including a banana
Director: Michael Sarne
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