Chatterbox (1977 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tom DeSimone|
|Produced by||Bruce Cohn Curtis|
|Screenplay by||Mark Rosin|
|Story by||Tom DeSimone|
|Music by||Fred Karger|
|Edited by||William Marlin|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
Chatterbox (addressed in the opening credits as Chatterbox!; also known as Virginia the Talking Vagina) is a 1977 American comedy film about a woman with a talking vagina. The film stars Candice Rialson as a hairdresser who discovers her vagina has the power of speech after it derisively comments on a lover's performance. Her talking vagina has a mind of its own, which includes a desire to sing; they wind up exploited by her psychiatrist, who launches her on a career in show business.
Escapades include a sojourn in jail with a basketball team and sessions with a psychiatrist to help Virginia overcome her (its?) emotional problems. With her self-confidence restored, she makes several hit appearances on TV talkshows; the theory, apparently, is that Virginia makes an even more interesting late-night guest than Truman Capote.
Penelope, a young hairdresser, discovers her vagina can talk when it criticizes a lover's performance, who leaves in a huff. At the salon where she works, her talking vagina insults a lesbian client, which leads to her being fired. Penelope goes to a psychiatrist, Dr. Pearl, where she reveals her "problem". In the psychiatrist's office, her vagina reveals a new talent, singing. It has a propensity for singing show tunes. Dr. Pearl reveals her secret to friends of his in show business. At a meeting of the American Medical Association, Penelope and her talking vagina, now called "Virginia", are revealed to the public for the first time. Virginia regales the assembled physician with show tunes. Dr. Pearl becomes her agent, and over Penelope's objections, launches Penelope and Virginia on an entertainment career. At a show hosted by Professor Irwin Corey, Virginia sings in public for the first time, becoming a star after crooning a disco tune. Virginia increasingly becomes the tail that wags the dog, with Penelope becoming increasingly unhappy as "they" become a successful act on a cross-country tour. Despite her new success, Penelope decides to kill herself until she sees the lover from the start of the movie and discovers that he has a talking penis.
- Candice Rialson as Penelope Pittman
- Larry Gelman as Dr. Werner Pearl
- Jane Kean as Eleanor Pittman
- Arlene Martel as Marlene
- Rip Taylor as Mr. Jo
- Irwin Corey as Himself
- Sandra Gould as Mrs. Bugatowski
Chatterbox was poorly received by audiences.
The Los Angeles Times said "the film's vulgar premise smacks of smirking adolescents, its crude one liners, full of foul language that unsuccessfully try to stretch to into a full-length movie... the movie is a male masturbatory fantasy."
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