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Sex Kittens Go to College

Released 1960
Distributor Allied Artists

About Sex Kittens Go to College

The psychotronic title is perhaps exploitation virtuoso Albert Zugsmith’s greatest gift to cinema. But ultimately, no film could live up to the forbidden delights promised although this one certainly tries. Anticipating Zugsmith’s gradual descent into total sleaze, this bizarre clunker features a ramshackle robot named “Thinko” (voiced by Al himself) who draws extra duty in the film’s alternate “International version” surrounded by a bevy of topless strippers. The diligent folks at Warner Archives have gifted us with this uncensored edition for their long-awaited (by Mamie Van Doren and bongo-playing chimp fans) stellar dvd release.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: New York  and Hawaii 5-0. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is slated to be released this year.
  • George White

    This has a mad cast. Jeebus, a robot, a bongo-playing chimp, John Carradine, Jackie Coogan, Tuesday Weld, Mamie Van Doren, Vampira and ladies and gentlemen, Conway Twitty…

  • Stephen Cooke

    Is that Mel Blanc doing the narration for this trailer? That might be a first for me, I wonder if he pops up on any others?
    Bardot wound up married (and still is) to busy French character actor Patrick Bachau, who you may have seen in A View to a Kill, HBO’s Carnivale and many other places, so at least she had a life beyond her brief shot at stardom.

  • Burl

    Ha ha, it looks like the only thing this one’s missing is one of those wired-up Merlin Jones thinking helmets!

  • George White

    It sounded very Bugs-esque to me.

  • Dennis Fischer

    As Zugsmith was the producer of not only Jack Arnold’s greatest science fiction epic, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, as well as the producer of such entertaining fare as TOUCH OF EVIL, THE TARNISHED ANGELS, WRITTEN ON THE WIND, HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL!, COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL (which I was initially exposed to through the Movie Marathon), and CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER, I do feel he deserves more credit than he’s usually given, though there is no escaping that he produced some inferior and less savory flicks as well. Still, as winking and salacious as SEX KITTENS might be (it often appeared on TV under the less salacious title of BEAUTY AND THE ROBOT), it’s still clear it’s all in good fun, that Mamie’s character is an intelligent woman bucking female stereotypes, and nothing terribly offensive is going on, though as a kid it seemed a bit of a cheat that Thinko looks like a robot, but only acts like a computer.

  • Stephen Cooke

    Plus, the cast also features Charles Chaplin Jr. and Harold Lloyd Jr. Clearly comedy isn’t hereditary.