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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kitten with a Whip See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Kwan was originally announced for title role. See more »

Goofs

The couch and tables between the stairs to the "upstairs" landing keep changing position. Sometimes it's closer to the left stairs and sometimes closer to the right. See more »

Quotes

Ron: I see your problem, David. And I hate to mention this, but... I'm dyin' in a rush!
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Referenced in Chasing Amy (1997) See more »

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Behind the Eight Ball
28 May 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After stabbing the matron, the seventeen year-old delinquent Jody Dvorak (Ann-Margret) escapes from a juvenile detention facility. She breaks in an empty house and sleeps in a bed. Late night, the prominent politician and future senator David Stratton (John Forsythe) comes home after a business meeting with his friend Grant (Richard Anderson) and wife. In the morning, he sees Jody and she tells a dramatic story of her life to him. David decides to help the young woman and goes to the town to buy clothes for her. Then he drives her to the bus station and gives some money to her. He meets Grant in a restaurant and when David is going to tell what happened to him, he sees Jody in the television and gives up. When David returns home, he finds Jody there. He picks up the phone to call the police and Jody threatens to accuse him of rape. Then three delinquents – the smart Ron (Peter Brown); the violent Buck (Skip Ward); and Midge (Diane Sayer) - come to David's house and afraid of a scandal, he becomes hostage of the situation. When Buck and Ron have an argument, Buck accidentally hurts Ron with a razor blade and Midge flees in their car. Now the delinquents want David to drive them to Tijuana to escape from the police. What will David do?

"Kitten with a Whip" is an anguishing film about a good and honest man that gets involved in a difficult situation that might destroy his career and personal life. Ann-Margret is a bipolar woman that controls the situation threatening the man with lies. The film is tense but David is too naive and has many chances to resolve the problem calling the police, especially after the arrival of Jody's friends. "Knock Knock" (2015) uses a similar storyline with a family man also "behind the eight ball". My vote is seven.

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