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What's New Pussycat (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 June 1965 (USA)
A playboy who refuses to give up his hedonistic lifestyle to settle down and marry his true love seeks help from a demented psychoanalyst who is having romantic problems of his own.


, (as Richard Talmage)


(original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael James (as Peter O'toole)
Anna Fassbender (as Edra Gale)
Mrs. Werner (as Eleonor Hirt)
Jean Parédès ...
Marcel (as Jean Paredes)
Jacques Balutin ...
Mr. Werner
Howard Vernon ...


Michael James, a notorious womanizer, desperately wants to be faithful to his fiancée Carole, but runs into serious problems since every woman he meets seems to fall in love with him. His psychoanalyst Dr. Fassbender can't help him either since he's busy courting one of his patients who in turn longs for Michael. A catastrophe appears on the horizon as all the characters check into the Chateau Chantelle hotel for the weekend not knowing of each other's presence. Written by Robert Zeithammel

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Release Date:

22 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Was gibt's Neues, Pussy?  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Woody Allen got involved with the picture after his agents were encouraging him to get work in movies when Allen was contacted about developing a feature film script. See more »


The second time Paula Prentiss attempts suicide the boom mic is visible at the upper left of screen as she is walking out of Peter O'Toole's bathroom. The mic quickly disappears up the screen. See more »


Miss Marks: Oh, Michael, this can't work, I'm 34 and you're 12!
Michael James: Don't be negative.
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Michael James: "Pussycat from the sky, I can't resist you"
29 April 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

"What's New Pussycat? (1965) was directed by a British director, Clive Donner and it is the first feature film for which Woody Allen wrote the original screenplay. Allen also played a supporting role of Victor Skakapopulis, the friend of Michael James (Peter O'Toole). Michael is a fashion editor, surrounded by beauty and glamor of his models which he can't refuse. He truly loves his fiancée Carole (Romy Schneider) and wants to be faithful to her but what can a man do if the gorgeous women literally fell for him from the sky? He sees a psychoanalyst Dr. Fassbender (Peter Sellers) who is not much of help and faces his own demons. Meanwhile, Victor is desperately in love with his best friend's fiancée...

The movie reminds a lot "Casino Royale" - it was made in the 60s, has a great cast (Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress), strikingly beautiful women and the song by Burt Bacharach. It takes place in Paris - and it is almost as much mess as "Casino... " is - silly, naive, and often simply ridiculous but somehow it works after all these years. One of the reasons I believe is Allen's script, the dialogs and one-liners that are hilarious. This time, Allen received more screen time that in Casino.... and he made his scenes very funny. "What's New Pussycat?" is not a great movie but it is charming and I like it.


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