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Hank Russo (screenplay) &
Chuck Vincent (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 March 1974 (Netherlands) See more »
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Too Silly to be Sexy; Too Stupid to be Funny See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Kathryn Ford ... Lin Jones
Richard Major ... Hue Jones
J.M. Everett ... Lerch
Doris Knight ... Marge
David Kirk ... Chief
Calvert DeForest ... Ass't to the Chief
Frank Hall ... Dentist
Marlene Willoughby ... Manicurist
Dulce Mann ... Lady in Beauty Salon
Chuck Vincent ... Hair Dresser (as Sal Ringo)
Roger Caine ... Milkman (as Duane Tucker)
Joe Scott ... Mailman
John Barin ... Garageman
Andrew Christopher ... Hitchhiker
Carter Stevens ... Robber (as Steve Mitchell)
Joseph Gatti ... Robber
Robert Kassan ... Fruit Stand Man
Paul Dart ... Butcher
Carol Burguss ... Woman in Butcher Shop
Bill Joseph ... Cop
George Harrington ... Car Wash Man
Derrick Downing ... Reverend Dinkler
Jean Astor ... Church Crowd
Betty Grove ... Church Crowd
Charles Ruben ... Church Crowd
Martin Sander ... Church Crowd
Jo Ann Watson ... Church Crowd
Rebecca Morgan ... Girl in Street
Barbara Benner ... Secretary (as Samantha Whitney)
Maude Maxwell ... Job Applicant
Pinky Green ... Bookkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Britt Corvin ... (archive footage)

Directed by
Chuck Vincent 
Writing credits
Hank Russo (screenplay) &
Chuck Vincent (screenplay)

Original Music by
Walter Koehli 
Jim Petri 
Cinematography by
Stephen Colwell 
Film Editing by
Chuck Vincent  (as Marc Ubell)
Art Direction by
Fred Sammut 
Sound Department
Lou Gavalas .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Pusilo .... costumes
Editorial Department
Joseph Gatti .... assistant editor
Location Management
Paul Giaccobbe .... location consultant (as Paul Giacobbe)
Other crew
Chris Joey .... production assistant
Allan Shackleton .... presenter
Carter Stevens .... production assistant (as Steve Mitchell)

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Also Known As:
"While the Cat's Away" - USA (poster title)
"Als de kat van huis is..." - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Les chattes en folie" - Canada (French title)
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78 min

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Too Silly to be Sexy; Too Stupid to be Funny, 21 March 2011
Author: John Nail (ascheland) from United States

I find it interesting that so-called adult movies often seem aimed at people too young to legally view them. Take "While the Cat's Away," a soft-core sex comedy directed by the late porn auteur Chuck Vincent. It's for adults only, but it's made to appeal to 12-year-old boys. No, make that 11.

The editor of Exposé magazine assigns Lurch (J.M. Everett), his star reporter — his ONLY reporter, actually — to get the inside scoop on the sex life of a "typical American housewife." He selects Mrs. Jones out of a phone book and she provides enough material to merit a Kinsey Report all her own. The span of a single day, Mrs. Jones (Kathryn Ford) has no fewer than nine sexual encounters, and this excludes her attempts give her husband a very good morning and some intimate encounters with his breakfast (fans of "sploshing" should enjoy her egg cracking method). After dropping her husband off at the train station she gets busy with her errands, and with her dentist, her hairdresser, her mechanic, her mailman, her priest…. Mr. Jones, meanwhile, is not the stick-in-the-mud he first appears to be. When he complains to his wife that sex in the morning would just leave him feeling drained, he really means he's saving his strength for his extramarital activities (his partners aren't as numerous – a mere four – but their demands take up his entire work day). And yet, with so much to report, Lurch gets neither the story nor laid.

The problem with sex comedies is they usually fail at being funny and erotic, settling for just being stupid instead. "While the Cat's Away" is no exception. The movie does have some genuinely amusing moments, like Mrs. Jones' attempts to take advantage of her husband's morning "condition" or an old lady at a hair salon complaining incessantly about how the world is going to hell, seemingly oblivious to the girl-on-girl action happening in the neighboring chair, but most of the humor in "While the Cat's Away" plays like a Vaudeville sketch. Really, to be made in 1972 the movie apes the comedic styles of the 1930s. Besides driving her red VW Bug like a Klown Kollege drop out, Mrs. Jones pointedly asks various merchants if she can put their bill "on my account" (wink, wink) and she meets double entendres – like a postman remarking that "I really stuffed your mailbox" – with a hearty, "And how!" On top of lame jokes is an irritating score, with lots of ragtime piano and songs like "Office Work can be so Much Fun," a ditty that's as creative as its title.

Despite all its bad jokes, hammy acting and annoying music, "While the Cat's Away" is better made than similar movies I could name (and I will: "Deep Jaws," "Cinderella 2000," "The Dicktator," "Linda Lovelace for President"). Kathryn Ford is pretty in a wholesome, natural way that you just don't see any more, though her partners leave something to be desired (only four of the guys she rolls around with could be considered attractive, and the Sapphic hairdresser looks like Warhol drag star Holly Woodlawn). At least Calvert DeForest (a.k.a. Larry "Bud" Melman), who makes a brief appearance as one of the staffers of Exposé magazine, is not among her many bed mates. Chuck Vincent was one of the more gifted directors of adult movies, but this early effort fails to tickle the funny bone, or any other bone.

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