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Kitten with a Whip (1964)

A rising political star faces scandal and blackmail when the young woman he tries to help turns out to be a juvenile delinquent.

Director:

Douglas Heyes

Writers:

Douglas Heyes (screenplay), H. William Miller (novel) (as Wade Miller)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Jody
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 Patricia Tiara ... Strip Tease Dancer
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Matron
Frances Robinson ... Martha
Maxine Stuart ... Peggy
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Storyline

Jody, a juvenile delinquent, escapes from reform school by stabbing a matron and attempting to burn down the building and then takes refuge in a house owned by an ambitious politician David Patton. Despite the hellcat's ample charms, the would-be officeholder wants nothing to do with her and tries to drive her away. She responds by shortly returning to his house accompanied by a gang of delinquent pals and taking him hostage. A sudden act of violence causes more trouble, leading Jody and her gang to hijack David and force him to drive a getaway car to Mexico. Written by alfiehitchie

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More Sizzling Than Ever Before! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La chatte au fouet See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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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

When David goes out of his bedroom to investigate the noise the stuffed animal makes he leaves the bedroom door open. A little later the door can be seen from the downstairs landing, and it is closed. See more »

Quotes

Jody: "Why do you think you're such a smoky somethin' when you're nothin' painted blue?"
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Kitten with a Whip (1994) See more »

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Overwrought melodrama, but one with a prickly edge
19 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ann-Margret gets her first dramatic role, that of a delinquent sociopath named Jody who's all out for KICKS! The part stuck her with a 'bad girl' rep for a number of years, but the good news is A-M seems to relish this change of pace and gives an exceptionally strong performance. Unfortunately, the general handling of "Kitten With a Whip" is far too broad and quasi-colorful, and the film fails as a message picture, though its stale J-D clichés and overwrought dialogue ("You're so nothing painted blue!", "Where the hell is T-town?!") turns it into a dizzying dark comedy. John Forsythe plays a weakling politician who gets mixed up with the girl and her creepy post-teenage buddies, and the plot-developments become increasingly far-fetched. Still, the black-and-white cinematography is excellent, Ann-Margret is electric, and the pacing seldom flags. *** from ****


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