What's New Pussycat

Directed by Clive Donner
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What’s New Pussycat (1965) Michael James, a notorious womanizer, desperately wants to be faithful to his fiancée Carole, but runs into serious problems since every woman he meets seems to fall in love with him. His psychoanalyst Dr. Fassbender can't help him either since he's busy courting one of his patients who in turn longs for Michael. A catastrophe appears on the horizon as all the characters check into the Chateau Chantelle hotel for the weekend not knowing of each other's presence.


Clive Donner


Woody Allen (original screenplay)


Peter Sellers... Dr. Fritz Fassbender

Peter O'Toole... Michael James (as Peter O'toole)

Romy Schneider... Carole

Capucine... Renée

Paula Prentiss... Liz

Woody Allen... Victor

Ursula Andress... Rita

Eddra Gale... Anna Fassbender (as Edra Gale)

Katrin Schaake... Jacqueline

Eléonore Hirt... Mrs. Werner (as Eleonor Hirt)

Jean Parédès... Marcel (as Jean Paredes)

Jacques Balutin... Etienne

Jess Hahn... Mr. Werner

Howard Vernon... Doctor

Michel Subor... Philippe


  • Richard Burton appears in a cameo with 'Peter O'Toole in a scene in a bar where Buton asks O'Toole "Don't you know me from someplace?" and O'Toole responds "Give my regards to what's her name." The dialogue is a reference to their appearance together in Becket (1964) and to Burton's wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor. Screenwriter Woody Allen later said of the Burton cameo, "It was so cute, you want to vomit."