Review: ‘What’s New Pussycat’

What's New Pussycat is designed as a zany farce, as wayout as can be reached on the screen. It's all that, and more . . . it goes overboard in pressing for its goal and consequently suffers from over-contrived treatment.

What’s New Pussycat is designed as a zany farce, as wayout as can be reached on the screen. It’s all that, and more . . . it goes overboard in pressing for its goal and consequently suffers from over-contrived treatment.

The Charles K. Feldman production is peopled exclusively by mixed-up characters. Peter Sellers is a Viennese professor to whom Peter O’Toole, editor of a Parisian fashion magazine, goes for psychiatric help in solving his women problems, which keep piling up as he finds more pretty girls. On his part, Sellers has a jealous wife and a roving eye which keeps getting him into trouble.

Original screenplay by Woody Allen, who plays an un-dresser for strippers at the Crazy Horse Saloon and similarly afflicted with girl troubles – provides a field day for gagmen, who seldom miss a trick in inserting a sight gag.

Two top stars come off none too happily in their characterizations. Sellers’ nuttiness knows no bounds as he speaks with a thick German accent, and O’Toole proves his forte in drama rather than comedy.

Trio of femmes who chase O’Toole have the proper looks and furnish as much glamor as any one man can take.

1965: Nomination: Best Song (‘What’s New Pussycat’)

What's New Pussycat

Production

Famous Artists/Famartists. Director Clive Donner; Producer Charles K. Feldman; Screenplay Woody Allen; Camera Jean Badal; Editor Fergus McDonell; Music Burt Bacharach; Art Director Jacques Saulnier

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Peter Sellers Peter O'Toole Romy Schneider Capucine Paula Prentiss Woody Allen
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