The film's humor is a tad sophomoric and more than a little dated (a man who enjoys S&M play and cross-dressing is played for chuckles, as is the fact that Gay People Exist). I'm sure if you're a 12 year-old boy in the 70s, it's riotously hilarious, but didn't evoke a lot of big laughs from me. I do have to admit, though, that the sight of heiress Victoria Brisbane matching her car to her head-to-toe Louis Vuitton would translate beautifully to 2016.
Inside, the hotel is just as stunning as it is in film, and just as distinctive. The large, wicker-like sculptural fountain still holds court over an airy, lofty lobby scattered with meeting areas and work stations. Glass-walled elevators still provide a thrilling ride through the open air of the gigantic atrium (I recommend riding down from the highest possible floor with your forehead pressed against the glass walls, watching the ground rush up at you. Bonus points if you can get your companion to join in and you both scream like children). That said, a lot of remodeling is required to keep this 43 year-old building relevant. As you can see in the photos below, the registration area has been completely re-done, and a rotating display of colored lighting paints the elevator banks and the sculptural centerpiece; additionally, active construction is being carried out in the lobby area that, in the 1977 screen captures, appears to be a restaurant or dining area of some sort.
I should also note that a key is required to go up to the 17th floor, where Dr. Thorndyke's room is. The highest one can go without a key is the 14th floor, which, even with the safety grates, is a nerve-wracking angle. I must have been very nervous holding my phone out over 14 stories of thin air to snap a pic, because I clearly didn't notice until much later that I'd taken it from the wrong angle! Oh well, it's a Quick Take, so whaddya want.
Authenticity: 6/10- Came up from LA for the weekend, avoided the tourist traps, then went home and told everyone how great "Frisco" is.
Freudian sexual shame scale: 7/10- Normally one suggests to another to 'pull the stick out of your ass', but exploring some consenual anal play might actually stand to broaden this movie's horizons.
Overall: 6/10- It's a cute movie- but maybe less so if you're gay or into BDSM or tranvestitism or any of the other sexual expressions this movie scandalizes and titters about.