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That Darn Cat
     

That Darn Cat

4.5 8
Director: Robert Stevenson

Cast: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine

 

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Though overlong even for a Hayley Mills vehicle, That Darn Cat is an expert blend of laughs and suspense. The eponymous feline is D.C., a Siamese belonging to sisters Hayley Mills and Dorothy Provine. One evening, D.C. comes flouncing home with a lady's wristwatch attached to her neck. The watch contains an unfinished plea for help scribbled on its back,

Overview

Though overlong even for a Hayley Mills vehicle, That Darn Cat is an expert blend of laughs and suspense. The eponymous feline is D.C., a Siamese belonging to sisters Hayley Mills and Dorothy Provine. One evening, D.C. comes flouncing home with a lady's wristwatch attached to her neck. The watch contains an unfinished plea for help scribbled on its back, written by Grayson Hall, a bank teller held captive in a neighboring house by robbers Neville Brand and Frank Gorshin. Mills and Provine contact the FBI, who send agent Dean Jones (who's allergic to cats) to investigate. In their efforts to locate and rescue Hall and capture the crooks, Jones and the two sisters embark upon a series of slapstick misadventures involving an unending stream of top character actors. The highlight is a lengthy sequence at the drive-in movie theatre managed by ulcerated Richard Deacon. That Darn Cat is based on Undercover Cat, a somewhat more serious suspense novel by The Gordons.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
That Darn Cat is a typical Hayley Mills-Disney comedy. Some may find that a turn-off, but Cat is actually an enjoyable and engaging piece of fluff. Part of the appeal is the set-up; the gimmick of an ordinary cat being used to find a pair of kidnappers is fairly unusual. This being Disney, there's never a doubt that the hostage might be killed, but there's still some real tension, and Neville Brand provides legitimate menace as the rougher of the villains. Robert Stevenson directs with a sure hand. There's nothing experimental about what he does, but there is a faint but identifiable style to his work. While some of the comedy is obvious, he does blend the comic and more serious aspects of the film rather smoothly. Mills is engaging as always, and Dean Jones does yeoman work as the agent, but it's the supporting cast that stands out. Ed Wynn goes a bit too far this time around, but Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest and Richard Deacon are right on the money. Even Tom Lowell, stuck with the kind of boy friend role that can be annoying, comes off well. Lighthearted and entertaining, Cat is a most pleasant diversion.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
UPC:
0786936279528
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
112

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital mono sound; French language track; Full screen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hayley Mills Patti Randall
Dean Jones Zeke Kelso
Dorothy Provine Ingrid Randall
Roddy McDowall Gregory Benson
Neville Brand Dan
Elsa Lanchester Mrs. MacDougall
William Demarest Mr. MacDougall
Frank Gorshin Iggy
Richard Eastham Supervisor Newton
Grayson Hall Margaret Miller
Ed Wynn Mr. Hofstedder
Tom Lowell Canoe
Richard Deacon Drive-in Manager
Iris Adrian Landlady
Liam Sullivan Graham
Don Dorrell Spires
Gene Blakely Cahill
Karl Held Kelly
Larry Blake Police Officer
Ben Lessy Candy Man

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Robert F. Brunner Score Composer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Mildred Gordon Screenwriter
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
La Rue Matheron Makeup
Joseph L. McEveety Asst. Director
Pat McNalley Makeup
Ron Miller Producer
Richard M. Sherman Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Songwriter
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
William Tuntke Art Director
Bill Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Cotton Warburton Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [4:39]
2. The Money Lady [8:30]
3. Acceptable Manners [6:48]
4. The Duck Incident [8:45]
5. A Job for the FBI [7:55]
6. Orderly Investigation [11:11]
7. The Plan [2:26]
8. Tracking D.C. [14:10]
9. Keeping Quiet [1:43]
10. One More Chance [1:09]
11. Almost 9 O'Clock [4:31]
12. The Drive In [6:46]
13. Waking the Neighborhood [6:28]
14. Only a Theory [2:14]
15. More Evidence [5:18]
16. The Loot [4:15]
17. On the Move [9:22]
18. 132 Eighth Street [5:38]
19. Fearless Feline [4:26]

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That Darn Cat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SisterSteve More than 1 year ago
Dean Jones and Hayley Mills interact wonderfully in this story about a siamese cat who definately has a mind of his own. This story has a great script and the cast to back it up. Don't even bother with the remake, it pales in comparison to this wholesome classic. Proof once again that you don't need to swear, have sexual inuendos or make bathroom jokes to have a funny movie as long as you have great actors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That Darn Cat is one of my favorite Disney movies starring Hayley Mills and I thought it was a very cute and entertaining movie and the whole cast was great but especially Hayley Mills, Dean Jones and that adorable cat! I love the movie but I'm disappointed that they didn't include a widescreen option on the DVD and hopefully someday a widescreen DVD wil be released!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original "That Darn Cat" is probably my favortie Disney movie. It's a comedy and it has plenty of suspense. It's so much better than the remake. I would definitely give it a 5 Star rating!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has always been one of my very favorite Disney movies...
Stanley More than 1 year ago
Top notch Disney entertainment from the past. Represents an era of America when all Americans were united and enjoyed doing the same things like seeing a good Disney film. Watching this movie took me back to a comfort zone I haven't experienced in this country for forty years. Living in an insecure America of today with its overwhelming multiculturalism which makes us all feel like aliens, it is really comforting even just for ninety minutes to escape back to our long dead American culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great family movie. If you love to laugh, buy this movie. You will love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen both versions of That Darn Cat; and, the one I own is the 1965 classic. (In the 90's version, true to it's era, Christina Ricci plays an angst filled teen who can't stand living in her small town.) In the classic version, Haley Mills plays Patty Randall, a surfer girl in her late teens who LOVES life, and if she's bored will create the adventure in her life. I also loved Dean Jones mostly subtle comedic style in this movie. Roddy McDowall is at his snootiest best. Lets not forget the cat (which is why I wanted to see it in the first place). The Siamese that plays DC (Darn Cat) is nothing short of adorable and amazing! Not to mention, the story manages to balance it's comedic elements (of which there are plenty) and its more thrilling elements with the criminals (one of whom is played by Frank Gorshin, who played The Riddler in the 1960's Batman TV series). There are practically no comedic elements in the criminal scenes at all; but, it all manages to tie in very nicely at the end.