The Notorious Bettie Page

Synopsis: Portrait of an American innocent. In 1955, Bettie Page (1923-2008 ) waits to testify before a Senate subcommittee investigating the effects of pornographic material on American adolescents and juveniles. In flashbacks, we see her childhood in Tennessee, a brief marriage, a gang rape, and her going to New York City in 1949. There she takes acting lessons, models for photos, and acts in short films for adults, earning the nickname, "The Pin-Up Queen of the Universe." We see her relationship with merchants Irving and Paula Klaw, photographers John Willie and Bunny Yeager, boyfriends, and the public. Through it all, she is wholesome, sporting, and forthright - Eve before the fall.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Mary Harron
Production: Picturehouse
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Do you have anything

a little different?

I'm not sure

I get your drift.

Do you have anything

with unusual footwear?

High heels?


Leather boots...

with laces?

Very good, yes.

I'll take that.

Um, do you have

any other material

that shows...


It's a big favorite

among certain customers.

The model

is very popular.

Do you have any

more pictures like this?

I'll have to check

the stockroom.

Sir, I'm Detective Farrell

of the New York Police Department.

We have to ask you a few questions about

the material for sale in your shop.

We have reason to believe

you are selling obscene

and indecent literature

on these premises.

Any witness who feels

that he or she may be

embarrassed by the lights

or by the TV and movie cameras...

they will not be asked

to testify for television.

Because of the rules

of the building,

we cannot have smoking

in the courtroom.

That is difficult for some,

I realize...

including the chairman.

Since assuming the chairmanship

of the Senate Subcommittee

to Investigate

Juvenile Delinquency,

I have become

increasingly concerned

during each passing week

with the effect

pornographic material has

on American adolescents

and juveniles,

and with the widespread


of this insidious filth.

Father Egan, you think

this pornographic literature

is having a substantial

and degrading effect?

I certainly do.

It is corrupting.

It is rotting at the very

roots of our nation.

Communism will never

defeat America.

No, it's something

from within...

within the nation

that will rot and corrupt it.

Dear Bettie, how are things

in New York City?

We haven't heard

from you in a while.

I guess you must be real busy

with your modeling career.

Here's a picture of you

and me at Christmas after church.

It was nice

being together again.

Hope you visit soon.

All my love, Goldie.

"And they went forth

and preached everywhere.

The Lord working with them,

confirming the word

with signs."


I know, friends,

that one of these days,

God's gonna call me home.

When he calls, I know it's gonna be...

praise God...

to my eternal home.

But before he calls,

he's gonna give you the chance

to come to him.

Yes, friends,

don't you know the Lord...

gives every sinner man

and every sinner woman

the chance to come

to him, seek him out?

I feel like singing an invitational

hymn now. Brother John?

If there be any unsaved

souls here tonight

Who feel like giving their hearts

to Christ, come seek him out.


Y'all, Mrs. Craddock

is looking.

- Let her get an eyeful.

- Who cares?

Do we look

like Ziegfeld girls?

Girls, get on back

in the house!

- Come on and do your chores.

- Come on, let's go inside.

Bettie, I wanna see you.

Come on up.

Oh! Oh, why thank you.

Uh, ma'am,

Are you gonna be all right

waiting here like this on your own?

Do you have

a boyfriend or a husband

or something

to keep you company while you wait?

Well, thank you

for your concern, Officer,

But... no, I'm not married.

I'll be fine on my own.

"...The fundamental principles

of democracy is the people's right

- to be represented..."

- That's a pretty girl.

You wait here.

I'm gonna go ask her for a date.

Billy, you fool, that's Bettie Page.

Every guy in town wants

to date that girl,

but her mother won't allow it.

I'd sure like to meet you,

but if I can't,

I'd like to meet

one of your sisters.

Well, you can.

They're prettier than me.

That's hard to believe.

May I sit down?



"One of the fundamental

principles of democracy

is the people's right..."

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Mary Harron

Mary Harron (born January 12, 1953) is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter best known for her films I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page. more…

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