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Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R | | Comedy | 24 June 1970 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Randolph Spencer Montag
Irving Amadeus
Coyote Bill
Kid Barlow
Robert P. Lieb ...
Charlie Flager Sr. (as Robert Lieb)


Myron Breckinridge is waiting for her sex-change operation while a stoned surgeon stumbles into the operating room. Before the drugged doctor begins Myron's operation, he counsels him. Myron persists and the doctor goes through with it. An enthusiastic audience observing the operation applauds the medical achievement and rises in a standing ovation. After the operation, Myron arrives in Hollywood as Myra while in the rest of the film Myron pops up from time to time as Myra's alter ego. Myra goes to an acting academy owned by her uncle, Buck Loner, a former cowboy star. The real reason for Myra's arrival is to claim her half of Uncle Buck's estate, which she says she's entitled to. Buck Loner stalls by giving her a job teaching the history of motion pictures. Buck Loner has several friends. One of them is Letitia Van Allen, an ancient Hollywood talent scout. The sex-starved septuagenarian runs an acting agency "for leading men only." Written by alfiehitchie, RavenGlamDVDCollector ElectricLadyLand

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From the book that couldn't be written comes the motion picture that couldn't be made! See more »




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Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Gore Vidal spent 40 years taking potshots at the film, he still maintains that he has never even seen it--an allegation he makes at least twice in his 2009 photo memoir 'Snapshots in History's Glare'. See more »


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. See more »


[first lines]
Myron: [sings to himself] 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 enters to applause]
Surgeon: You realize, once we cut it off, it won't grow back. I mean, it isn't like hair, or fingernails, or toenails, you know.
Myron: What do you think I am, some kind of idiot? I know that!
Surgeon: [shrugs] Eh - how about circumcision? It'd be ...
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Edited from Unfaithfully Yours (1948) See more »


On the Good Ship Lollipop
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Shirley Temple
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Hollywood Who's Who! Mae West - Raquel Welch - John Huston - Farrah Fawcett…
25 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

…and Tom Selleck. (Oh, and Shirley Temple if you're seeing a complete print which is not often the case anymore.) This is an amazing culmination of Hollywood evolution. This film was not long in theatres in the United States.

Mae West in her last 'successful' performance (in my opinion) and well worth the making of the film if only just for her - Mae has everything we ever wanted her to have.

With John Huston as a proper Hollywood creep - we love his candor, Raquel Welch is splendid as Gore Vidal's vision of her true self - Myron Breckinridge (played by Rex Reed) sex-changed into Myra Breckinridge.

This gem features a very early Farrah Fawcett in her second ever film, and Tom Selleck in his first film.

Myra Breckinridge (1970) was effectively banned by litigation carried out by Shirley Black (Shirley Temple) herself who is invoked often in the film's complete original version.

When I found a video copy of Myra Breckinridge at a video shop in Seattle in 1991, I was flabbergasted; I had no idea a film had been made from the book. I had found the Gore Vidal novel in my parents' library when I was thirteen. In fact, I had read it over and over. I could not imagine that Hollywood could have produced a film of this amazing and bizarre novel; it's no wonder its screen life was cut short.

I was already trying to imagine the quintessential scene with Rusty in the infirmary and the famous West Hollywood billboard which puts Wonder Woman to shame.

I was lucky enough to have rented one of the few 'unabridged' versions which was 20 minutes longer than many other abridged versions I've seen since that have cut the flashes of Shirley Temple among other things.

I find this film to be a fine example of all the things toward which Hollywood might ACTUALLY aspire which includes a sense of humour and poking fun at one's self.

View with GUSTO! True Hollywood aficionados will appreciate this one.

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