Forgotten Films: Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)

Technicolor Dreams

What could make more sense than a 1970 remake of a 1965 film which happened to be the most successful comedy in movie history at that time? I would like to witness the behind the screen machinations that led to Jerry Bresler, producer of MAJOR DUNDEE (1965) and CASINO ROYALE (1967), transmogrifying WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? to PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU — minus the Woody Allen script, Peter O’Toole or Peter Sellers. Instead, United Artists must have dipped into an Italian lira slush fund to crank out this staggeringly bad feature that’s hypnotic in its swinging non sequitur mediocrity. Written and directed by Rod Amateau, one of the spectral figures in Hollywood, a stuntman turned auteur for shows such as DOBIE GILLIS, who even directed the pilot for GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, which was heavily altered and led to Sherwood Schwartz suing him out of the show’s substantial profits. Soon after, Amateau…

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