The Bitch (film)

The Bitch
Directed by Gerry O'Hara
Produced by Brent Walker
Ron Kass
Oscar Lerman
Edward Simons
Screenplay by Gerry O'Hara
Based on The Bitch (novel)
by Jackie Collins
Starring Joan Collins
Michael Coby
Kenneth Haigh
Music by Biddu
Cinematography Dennis Lewiston
Edited by Eddy Joseph
Distributed by Thorn EMI,
Hoyts Distribution (Australia)
Release dates
Running time
89 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Bitch is a British film released in 1979.[1] It is a sequel to The Stud (1978), and both films were based on novels by British author Jackie Collins. Like its predecessor, the film starred her sister, Joan Collins, as Fontaine Khaled.


Fontaine Khaled (Collins) is the owner of a trendy London disco who is now facing financial problems. At the same time, she also has to deal with the various men in her life, as well as the Mafia.


Although both The Stud and The Bitch were generally panned by critics, they were nevertheless both commercial successes and helped to revive Joan Collins' career. In 1981, her performance in The Stud/The Bitch attracted the attention of Aaron Spelling and Esther and Richard Shapiro when they were looking for an actress to play the part of Alexis Carrington in their TV series Dynasty.

The film was banned from local cinema screens by Tameside Council, near Manchester, at the time of its release. [2]



The film features a disco soundtrack, the theme song to the film performed by The Olympic Runners became a UK Top 40 hit single in August 1979.[3]

Tracks included:


  1. Simon Sheridan Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema, Reynolds & Hearn Books (third edition, 2007)
  2. The 1970s Manchester Evening News, 7 May 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 406. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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