Sex Kittens Go To College! (1960)
A few months ago, a friend asked if I knew where to get a copy of Sex Kittens Go To College!, a film I had, rather astonishingly, never heard of. At the time there were no real sources for the film, but when Warner Archive released it on a MOD DVD, I grabbed that baby ASAP. A 1960 sex comedy with Mamie Van Doren? And John Carradine, Vampira, Norman “Woo Woo” Grabowski, and Elektro the Robot as “Thinko”? YES, PLEASE.
Mamie plays a college professor who is exposed (heh) as having been a stripper in the past.
There is a lot of silly humor of the beach party variety, which is why Jackie Coogan and John Carradine are here. Wacky hijinks with mad scientists, football players, bookies, and a surprisingly pouty Tuesday Weld occur.
There’s a gag where a gangster finds a violin in his violin case (gasp!) that made me laugh a hell of a lot more than it should have, but the monkey at the typewriter is clearly a joke that’s funnier on paper than on celluloid.
Then a lot of stripping happens!
Sequinned pasties, ladies and gentlemen. Please note that this is the tamest screencap of the stripping sequence I could manage; what is done to the robot is not fit to print. It’s not X-rated, mind you, but it is not family entertainment, either. This footage was removed for the American release, apparently, and has been restored by Warner for the DVD release, which is exciting news for pervs exploitation aficionados like myself.
This movie is crazy, folks, and I would never forgive myself if I didn’t tell you to run and buy this immediately. There are no special features except the trailer, but the print is gorgeous.
I leave you with this color footage of Elektro the robot at the 1939 World’s Fair, before he fell into a life of stripping and ended up on a VH1 “Behind the Music” episode, promising he was now off drugs and high on life.