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Director:
Writers:
Douglas Heyes (screenplay)
H. William Miller (novel)
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Release Date:
15 January 1965 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She's all out for kicks... and every inch of her spells excitement! See more »
Plot:
A rising political star faces scandal and blackmail when the young woman he tries to help turns out to be a juvenile delinquent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Way better than the hecklers say, plain and simple. See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Ann-Margret ... Jody Dvorak

John Forsythe ... David

Peter Brown ... Ron

Patricia Barry ... Vera

Richard Anderson ... Grant
Skip Ward ... Buck (as James Ward)
Diane Sayer ... Midge

Ann Doran ... Mavis
Patrick Whyte ... Varden

Audrey Dalton ... Virginia
Leo Gordon ... Enders
Patricia Tiara ... Striptease Dancer
Nora Marlowe ... Matron
Frances Robinson ... Martha

Maxine Stuart ... Peggy
Mildred von Hollen ... Saleslady
Jerry Dunphy ... Newscaster

Doodles Weaver ... Salty Sam
Hal Hopper ... Chauffeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Dominguez ... Mexican Doctor (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Gary Lockwood ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Douglas Heyes 
 
Writing credits
Douglas Heyes (screenplay)

H. William Miller (novel) (as Wade Miller)

Produced by
Harry Keller .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Oliver Emert 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
 
Costume Design by
Burton Miller 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Jean Austin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Mitchell .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dorothy Parkinson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence Nelson .... assistant director
Wendell Franklin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Morse Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... lead man (uncredited)
Dudley Holmes .... props (uncredited)
Charles Thomas .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
Chic Borland .... sound (uncredited)
John Muchmore .... sound (uncredited)
James T. Porter .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Gerstle .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Butch Harmon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Andrew J. McIntyre .... camera operator (uncredited)
Steve Rez .... grip (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Van Zenten .... grip (uncredited)
Richard Tim Vanik .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bucky Rous .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Viola Thompson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Eddie Broussard .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
William Loose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Henry Mancini .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Carl W. Stalling .... composer: stock music for cartoon sequence (uncredited)
Herman Stein .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Busch .... dialogue coach
David Winters .... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Fred Knoth .... set coordinator (uncredited)
Luanna S. Poole .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Tijuana motel sequence at the end actually takes place in the old Bates Motel set from Psycho on the Universal back lot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Between shots, as Jody stands at the stairs telling David her story, her hair changes position.See more »
Quotes:
Jody Dvorak:I feel so shiny good about you - about everything! Like, wonderful!See more »

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Way better than the hecklers say, plain and simple., 22 January 2004
Author: tostinati from United States

Director Douglas Heyes oversaw 9 of the better Twilight Zone episodes, including the classic Eye of the Beholder, and one of the 2 or 3 best Boris Karloff Presents Thriller episodes (The Purple Room). Bringing this context to Kitten With A Whip, you realize you are in the hands of a master storyteller, and also, exactly what you are in for: a not-quite-fantasy but nonetheless feverishly nightmarish Twilight Zone episode.

As with the best TZ episodes, you are asked what you would do if something on the scale between patently impossible to utterly insane happened to you. The setup is simple. A mentally unbalanced teenager sneaks into your house while you are away, threatens you with accusations of rape and the destruction of your political ambition (which appear about to reach fruition) to gain control once you return home, and effectively takes over your life. It is like a typical TZ scenario, a Twilight Zone-style turning a character's 'normal' life on its head, and letting the angst and desperate quest for an out flow from there.

I see no big theme here, other than the noir theme of crazy fate putting its finger on you. That seems to be the entire point here. Separated from Serling's big theme plots that showed man against himself in the form of prejudice and fear, Heyes may seem a bit lost. But his directorial hand is sure as ever, and the story is as engrossingly told as that of any TZ episode. I suspect Heyes enjoyed taking TV's Bachelor Father and subverting the precepts of his bourgeois existence in the rudest, most thoroughly shaming way possible. Maybe, after all is said and done, it is through subversion that Heyes gets his chance to challenge the bourgeois status quo, as he did routinely while working with Serling. For many- and yes, possibly even the director- Kitten works as a jet black comedy.

This film doesn't have a great reputation, though among its undeniable assets it boasts a fine performance from a man often unfairly given the Bob Cummings light comic actor brush-off by Hollywood. John Forsythe would appear In Cold Blood a couple of years later, another film light years away from the scrubbed sitcom milieu.

8 stars. Give it a spin.

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