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Kitten with a Whip

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Ann-Margret stars as Jody Drew, a sweet, sexy psycho-babe on the run from the law. She's escaped from a detention center, stabbed a guard and burned the place to the ground. David Patton (John Forsythe) doesn't know all this. He's just a Senatorial candidate trying to do all the right things. But, Jody makes sure that all the wrong things happen. She twists poor David's life into a knot, first threatening him with a rape charge then, with a little help from her friends, kidnapping him for a Mexican joy ride. Kitten with a Whip is so hot it sizzles... so jazzy it swings. It's the cult classic of the century that'll suck you in and knock you out!

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  • Actors: Ann-Margret, John Forsythe, Peter Brown, Patricia Barry, Richard Anderson
  • Directors: Douglas Heyes
  • Writers: Douglas Heyes
  • Producers: Harry Keller
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PSH90
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kitten with a Whip" on IMDb

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This is one of the first DVD-Rs in the new Universal/Amazon series, which is obviously modeled on the similar Warner Archives program. The burned disc is widescreen (1:85-1) and in anamorphic format. The print used for this transfer has few visual markings of any kind (other than a bathrobe with a herringbone pattern that "sparkles" in the first 15 minutes, which is an artifact that is sometimes caused by a sharp digital transfer). Overall, the image is in great shape and looks much clearer than the old VHS release).

John Forsythe plays a modest, middle-aged senatorial hopeful whose estranged wife and daughter are out of town for the week. Into his home sneaks a troubled runaway teenager (Ann-Margret) whom Forsythe tries to help. Unfortunately, his friends, political backers, and in-laws have a habit of dropping by his house unannounced, and he really can't afford to be seen harboring an underage "bad girl."

Ann-Margret eventually invites some young friends to party in Forsyth's San Diego home. Things go from bad to worse when the group coerces Forsythe to drive them to Tijuana.

In 1964, this modest thriller was considered somewhat shocking, due to Forsythe's house being picked at random by disaffected, thrill-seeking youths. The movie opened theatrically, but didn't play much in the second-run "family" theaters that served suburban locations. It also wasn't shown much on TV either, and was considered rare for a long time. Now, the film is available again, thanks to the new Universal/Amazon.com promotion.
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Kitten With A Whip was a fairly entertaining film which also marked the beginning of Ann-Margret's debut as Universal's "bad girl". Contrary to popular opinion, I think everybody had the right Idea: 1) tense drama about a psychotic/troubled teenage vixen who, with a bunch of other delinquents hold a middle-class suburbanite virtually prisoner in his own home while his family was away; 2) choosing sexy/talented Ann-Margret as the lead, 3) and using the old black and white cinematography to give it the old forties flavor; but somehow like "most" movies, it fell into the mediocre catagory for the more dicriminating movie goer. For the less dicriminating (the viewer who goes just to enjoy a movie), it was suspensful, plenty to keep you interested as to what happens to the characters, and well acted by all especially Ann-Margret and John Forsyth. Ann-Margret (a musical actress at the time) was very convincing as the "teenage-vixen-from-hell"; and John Forsyth did his usual top-notch work as the sympathetic though traumatized victim. Highly recommended for A-M fans, not a bad risk for lovers of its type. Critics "STAY AWAY", you've had your fun.
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Talk about sexy. In this film Ann-Margret has got it going on. She is indeed a Kitten With A Whip. Filmed in black and white it has film noir quality. I'm sure she turned on a million teenage boys back in 1964 playing Jody, a troubled JD who prays on the frailties of politician John Forstythe. This kitten made me purr.
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I recent read the original (out-of-print) pulp paperback novel that this movie is based on, and I must say that the movie did not disappoint. Sure, they left out the implied sex scene between the politician (Forsythe) and the fugitive jailbait (Ann-Margret), but everything else is pretty much intact from the novel -- and more tightly scripted to boot. The movie is a real hoot. Barely two minutes go by without some amazing bit of dialogue or scenery-chewing by A-M and company. Plus, the soundtrack is the same seedy noir jazz used in Touch of Evil (an uncredited Henry Mancini from his early days). All around brilliant. This is the ultimate pulp camp movie. Must be seen to be believed.
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This movie usually invites a downright split from viewers between "I loved it" and "I hated it". It winds up on so many Razzie lists, you'd think it was a big dud. Far from that, "Kitten With a Whip" is a moody psycho-drama, its only fault is that it takes itself too seriously and invites nervous laughter. Ann-Margret seems deeply into her role as Jody, juvenile delinquent on the run who ends up in politician John Forsythe's house(his daughter's bed to be exact, with a stuffed animal staring scarily at the camera!). A-M's performance is edgy, flashy, cunning, calculated. This is often interpreted as over-the-top, but I don't see any other way this role could be played. She takes the cliched j-d plot to a new high, and at the end, when her fate is revealed, one can only stare in mildly amused shock and hope that the filmmakers are kidding. Nothing's gonna bring Jody down!
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David Stratton (John Forsythe) an up and coming San Diego politician, finds a beautiful seventeen year old girl (Ann-Margret), asleep in his daughter's room. Her name is Jody, and she has a sad story to tell. The kind hearted Stratton decides against turning the girl over to the authorities, dropping her off at a bus stop, thinking he'll never see the young beauty again. The truth is she's a runaway from a reform school, who stabbed a staff member in making her escape, and is wanted by the law.
Stratton's wife and child are away from home, and later upon learning the facts about his recent houseguest, he is perhaps feeling fortunate that there are no serious repercussions from the young delinquent's visit. That is, until he returns home to find that Jody is back in his house again. Already compromised, he now has a guest who won't leave, and it gets worse when she invites three of her friends over for a party. The politician just wants to get out with his reputation intact, and is forced to go along with the game. An accident with a razor leads to a trip to Tijuana for medical attention. South of the border, Jody just can't keep from making trouble, and matters get more complicated, culminating in mad car chase with the wild child herself behind the wheel.
There is budding star quality evident in Ann-Margret's vampy performance. Displaying both innocence as well as a malicious dark side, Jody is a manipulative little sex kitten. Wild and troubled, but still with dreams of an ordinary life. John Forsythe gives a solid performance as a model citizen overwhelmed by circumstances and trapped by good intentions. A bit cliched, but interesting for the performances of the two stars.
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