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Stud/Bitch, The

NEEDLESS TO say, we only include cinema-released films in this list if they’re of a very, very high quality (see DIGBY, THE MEDUSA TOUCH, NEVER TOO YOUNG TO ROCK). And this pair of JOAN COLLINS epics represent possibly the apotheosis of Transatlantic disco cinema. Based on sister Jackie’s novels, Stud stars OLIVER TOBIAS as a shagging disco manager (cue epic dance sequence to Odyssey’s Native New Yorker) but finds the highlife all to much at a debauched drug orgy. Bitch has Joany wooing a mafia hitman (KENNETH HAIGH) and Quantum Jump provide the music. Works of genius, both, natch. Never has jet-set decadence seemed so… iffy.



  1. Tony Blake

    July 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Is Joan Collins’ disco in this the worst ever? The dance floor is about the size of a postage stamp, the same fifteen people are on it every night, and it sounds as if the DJ has stuck on a K-Tel compilation cassette for the musical accompaniment.

    Her stepdaughter in The Stud is the actual David Jacobs’ real daughter! It’s a far cry from It’s Trad, Dad. Or is it? At least it doesn’t lumber poor Ian Hendry with the name “Thrush Feather” like the sequel does.

    Top entertainment.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    HUGE hits in the early days of home video, purely because they were fairly recent cinema films and featured a bit of softcore guff. Made an absolute fortune for the Brent Walker label – those fine folks who gave us Monty Python and the Holy Grail (in lovely widescreen!), Inseminoid and Satan’s Slave.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    November 5, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    Disco was the dominant music genre of the late seventies, regardless of what punks might tell you, and Joan Collins, whose most recent film outing was being attacked by papier mache ants, managed to catch the mood of the times perfectly and saw her career take off again as a MILF who owned an upmarket disco/club. Sleazy, tacky, OTT and of their time, but both The Bitch and The Stud were great entertainment for disco fans and the soundtracks did great business and made Joan Collins into a mature sex symbol.

  4. Richardpd

    November 6, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Being cast in Dynasty as Alexis a few years later made here a household name, even for people who hadn’t heard of her before.

    Interestingly Aaron Spelling originally wanted Sophia Lauren, but she wanted too many conditions.

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