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What’s New, Pussycat?

A reunion of Woody Allen, Peter Sellers and Peter O’Toole (and for added Casino Royale fanboy laffs, this also briefly features Richard Burton). O’Toole is the inveterate philanderer who enlists Sellers’ greasy Richard III-wigged Austrian psychiatrist for help, who in turn is chasing after Capucine. Woody Allen and Ursula Andress also tag along. Sexual frustration, a few good one liners and a game of indoor cricket ensue. And never mind the Tom Jones theme song, we prefer Manfred Mann’s rendition of the corking Little Red Book during the party scene.



  1. Richard Davies

    December 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    The title song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, during a period when they seemed to turn out one good song after another.

    Personally I can live with it, even if it’s a little overblown in places.

    As for the film it’s one of the many film that sound great but never seems to get on TV, which is about half the films on this site.

  2. paulus - bangkok

    December 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    it was the 60’s…. it didnt have to make sense or justify itself.
    It just… was, baby!

  3. THX 1139

    May 2, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Appropriately for a film about psychiatry, a lot of the cast suffered from serious mental illnesses. Maybe that’s why it’s not very funny.

  4. Sidney Balmoral James

    December 20, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Quite a staggeringly incoherent film – and despite implication of this review, was made before Casino Royale, and presumably led the producers to think they could pull off the same trick twice of just throwing random scenes and characters together. O’Toole, Allen and Sellers seem to be in different films, and it shamefully wastes Paula Prentiss (vide every other film she has ever been in). Bizarrely, was originally intended to be a piss-take of Warren Beatty (who would apparently answer his phone with the title line), in which he had been persuaded to star, but he left when Woody Allen kept making his part bigger.

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