John Hayes, director
The Hangup (aka Vice Cop 69); 1970
Written and directed by John Hayes, The Hang Up (1970) is the story of vice cops who delve into a seedy underworld of sex and sin. In it, Sgt. Walsh (played by Sebastian Gregory) is a police officer who will use any means necessary to stop crimes, including cross-dressing for an undercover job. When Walsh becomes involved with a young hooker, he is cast deep into a world of prostitution and murder. Also known as Vice Cop 69 in Australia, The Hang Up includes nudity and kinky sex. Similar to William Friedkin’s Cruising (1980), The Hang Up is a film that demonizes the various worlds of alternative sexuality even as it takes advantage of these worlds’ erotic appeal.