Sex Kittens Go to College
Director: Albert Zugsmith
Cast: Mamie Van Doren, Tuesday Weld, Mijanou Bardot, Mickey Shaugnessy, Louis Nye, Pamela Mason, Marty Milner, Charles Chaplin, Jr., Harold Lloyd, Jr., Allen Drake, Irwin Berke.
Guest Stars: Conway Twitty, Jackie Coogan, John Carradine, Vampira, Woo Woo Grabowski, Abraham Q. Voltaire.
Still: Louis Nye and Vampira.
Notes on Sex Kittens Go to College
-- Conway Twitty and Woo Woo Grabowski appear as themselves.
-- Mr. Twitty's real name is Harold Jenkins.
-- Mr. Grabowski is sometimes called "Norman" or "Norm." We prefer "Woo Woo."
-- Mijanou Bardot is you-know-who's sister.
-- Vampira's real name is Maila Nurmi. In Sex Kittens Go to College she played a character named "Etta Toodie."
-- Marty (Martin) Milner had been in films for a decade and in 1960 was a successful TV star thanks to Route 66, but he was officially billed in seventh place here -- after Pamela Mason!
-- In 1960 Hollywood gave us two of the best film titles of all time: The Private Lives of Adam and Eve and Sex Kittens Go to College. Mamie Van Doren, Martin Milner, and Tuesday Weld worked with director Albert Zugsmith in both films.
-- Conway Twitty was not in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, but Mickey Rooney, Mel Torme, Paul Anka, Fay Spain and Ziva Rodann were!
-- Sex Kittens Go to College went through a number of title changes. Some alternates were "Beauty and the Robot," "Teacher Was a Sexpot," and "Sexpot Goes to College."
-- In Sex Kittens Go to College Mamie Van Doren plays an ex-stripper who becomes dean of a college science department. Not until the era of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg would Hollywood show this kind of visionary imagination.
-- Leonard Maltin's 1998 Movie & Video Guide rates this movie "BOMB."
-- We're not making any of this stuff up.
Platinum High School
Director: Charles Haas
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Terry Moore, Warren Berlinger, Dan Duryea, Jimmy Boyd, Jack Carr, Elisha Cook, Jr., Christopher Dark, Richard Jaeckel, Harold Lloyd, Jr., Yvette Mimieux, Conway Twitty.
Still: Yvette Mimieux, Mickey Rooney, and two guys.
Still: Recording great Jimmy Boyd
Notes on Platinum High School
-- Alternate titles: Trouble At 16 and Rich, Young and Deadly.
-- Conway Twitty played "Billy Jack Barnes," no relation to Tom Laughlin's "Billy Jack."
-- In Platinum High School Mickey Rooney played "Steven Conway," no relation to "Conway Twitty."
-- Jimmy Boyd played Bud Starkweather, but we don't want to go into it.
-- Charles Haas directed Mamie Van Doren (and Woo Woo Grabowski) in 1959's Girls Town.
-- Leonard Maltin's 1998 Movie & Video Guide rates this movie two stars out of a possible four.
Publicity portrait for College Confidential
Director: Albert Zugsmith
Cast: Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Mickey Shaugnessy, Mamie Van Doren, Walter Winchell, Herbert Marshall, Cathy Crosby, Conway Twitty, Elisha Cook, Jr., Ziva Rodann, Woo Woo Grabowski.
Special Guests: Rocky Marciano, Pamela Mason, Sheilah Graham, and Earl Wilson.
Still: Jayne Meadows, Steve Allen, Cathy Crosby, Mamie Van Doren and Woo Woo Grabowski.
Still: Jayne Meadows, Steve Allen, Mamie Van Doren and Conway Twitty.
Still: The one, the only, the legendary Woo Woo Grabowski
Notes on College Confidential
-- Conway Twitty played "Marvin."
-- At one time or other Herbert Marshall starred with most of the great ladies of the screen: Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Mamie Van Doren, Cathy Crosby, Ziva Rodann.
-- Norman "Woo-Woo" Grabowski has an interesting filmography. (See Internet Movie Database)
-- As far as we can gather, Elisha Cook, Jr. was in every other movie ever made.
-- Leonard Maltin's 1998 Movie & Video Guide rates this movie one-and-a-half stars.
-- After decades of reading Leonard Maltin's film rating guides, we've only recently figured out that he never rates a movie with only one star. Those are always BOMBs. (See Sex Kittens Go to College, above)
Unidentified actor Conway Twitty Cathy Crosby
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