Kitten with a Whip
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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.
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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OK, Kitten with a Whip is not Ann-Margret's finest hour. It is however a guilty pleasure. She tears up the scenery as she attempts to both seduce and terrorize John Forsythe. Read morePublished 22 months ago by new yorker
Kitten With A Whip was a 1964 film Ann-Margret made, and it definitely shows a different side of her. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I think that this DVD is marvelous as far as the entertainment factor is concerned, but one couldn't help notice that John Forsythe's bathrobe glitters during the first few minutes... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Rick
Watching "Kitten With a Whip" I was reminded of so many other movies and genres. This is not to suggest that it's derivative but it's influences are apparent. Pulp Fiction. Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by David E. Baldwin
Excellent 16X9 Anamorphic transfer with crisp B/W contrasts.
Universal DVD-R shows remarkable quality comparable to conventional pressed DVDs. Read more
Kudos to Amazon for releasing long lost titles w/ wonderful transfers in widescreen format - this is one of their firsts, and its`s a joy to behold, assuming you like 60`s cult... Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by 4-Legged Defender
Let's face it, there are some films that are so dated and horrible that they become classics, albeit a few decades after their release. Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by Donato
Waited so long for this film to come out on DVD. Many boot leg copies are available but nothing as sharp and clear as this copy! Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Dr.FORREST LEONE