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That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
is a 1965 American Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
(in her last of the six films she made for the Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Studios) and Dean Jones (starring in his first film for Disney) in a story about bank robbers, a kidnapping and a mischievous cat. The film was based on the 1963 novel Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon and was directed by Robert Stevenson. The title song was written by the Sherman Brothers
Sherman Brothers
and sung by Bobby Darin. The 1997 remake includes a cameo appearance by Dean Jones.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 Awards and nominations 6 Comic book adaption 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Plot[edit] "Darn Cat" or "DC" is a wily, adventurous Siamese tomcat who lives with young, suburbanite sisters Ingrid "Inkie" (Dorothy Provine) and Patricia "Patti" Randall (Hayley Mills), whose parents are traveling abroad at the time of the story. One night, while making his rounds around town, teasing Blitzy the Bulldog
Bulldog
as usual, DC follows Iggy (Frank Gorshin), a bank robber, to an apartment where he and his bank robber partner Dan (Neville Brand) are holding hostage a bank employee, Miss Margaret Miller (Grayson Hall). Without intention, the robbers let the cat in and he tries to eat the food that caused him to follow Iggy. When Miss Miller is alone for a moment (but still under total eye surveillance of the robbers) being forced to cook the meal for them, she removes DC's collar and tries to put her watch around his neck with a help inscription. In the process, she attempts to scratch the word "help" into the back of her watch. Then she releases him into the outdoors. When DC comes home, Patti discovers the watch. She has a gut feeling that it belongs to the kidnapped woman and visits the FBI. She tells Agent Zeke Kelso (Dean Jones) of her discovery, and Supervisor Newton (Richard Eastham) assigns Kelso to follow DC in hopes he will lead them back to the robbers' hideout. Kelso sets up a headquarters in the Randalls' house and assigns a team to keep the cat under surveillance, but through a couple of careless moves, DC manages to elude them. Eventually a bugging device is implanted in DC's collar and the cat leads Kelso into a comical chase at a drive-in movie and several backyards. After several failed attempts and without hard evidence about the watch, Supervisor Newton shuts down the operation. Patti disguises herself as a hippie merchant who pretends to be a niece of a jeweler she knows well, Mr. Hoffsteddar (Ed Wynn), and she calls the FBI to persuade them that the watch belonging to Miss Miller was indeed hard evidence. Patti and Kelso rescue Miss Miller and bring the robbers to justice. Subplots involve a romance between Patti's sister Ingrid and Gregory Benson (Roddy McDowall) and a romance between Patti herself and a surf-obsessed slacker neighbor, Canoe Henderson (Tom Lowell), and the meddling of nosey neighbor Mrs. MacDougall (Elsa Lanchester) and her disapproving husband, Wilmer MacDougall (William Demarest). At the end, it is revealed that the gray cat in the opening sequence and DC have started a family. At the end, they are taking their kittens on a prowl. Cast[edit]

Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
as Patricia "Patti" Randall Dean Jones as FBI Agent Zeke Kelso Dorothy Provine
Dorothy Provine
as Ingrid Randall Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
as Gregory Benson Neville Brand
Neville Brand
as Dan Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin
as Iggy Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Lanchester
as Mrs. MacDougall William Demarest
William Demarest
as Mr. Wilmer MacDougall Tom Lowell as Canoe Henderson Ed Wynn
Ed Wynn
as Mr. Hofstedder the Jeweller Richard Eastham as FBI Supervisor Mr. Newton Liam Sullivan as Agent Graham Grayson Hall as Ms. Margaret Miller Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
as Mrs. Tabin the Landlady Richard Deacon as the drive-in theater manager Ben Lessy
Ben Lessy
as Burton the drive-in concessionaire Don Dorrell as Spires Gene Blakely as Cahill Karl Held as Kelly

Production[edit] The exterior neighborhood scenes were filmed on The Walt Disney Studios backlot in Burbank, California. Each of the Seal Point Siamese cats who collectively play the role of DC are so-called "traditional" or "old style" Siamese, as opposed to the more dainty, long and tubular modern Siamese show cats. One of the cats used for the movie belonged to longtime cat breeder Edith Williams, a member of the Stud Book Fanciers Association. One of the feline actors also starred, along with two dogs, in Disney's 1963 film The Incredible Journey.[2] Reception[edit] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times
The New York Times
wrote, "The feline that plays the informant, as the F.B.I. puts it, is superb. Clark Gable at the peak of his performing never played a tom cat more winningly. This elegant, blue-eyed creature is a paragon of suavity and grace", and concluded, "...it's an entertaining picture. Even a king might profitably look at That Darn Cat."[3] The movie was well received by critics, earning a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Awards and nominations[edit] The film's writers, Mildred Gordon, Gordon Gordon, and Bill Walsh, were nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Written American Comedy. The film was also nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture, and a Golden Leaf nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Elsa Lanchester). Mills won the 1966 second place Golden Leaf award for Comedy Performance, Actress. The Sherman Brothers won the third place Golden Leaf award for Best Song. Comic book adaption[edit]

Gold Key: That Darn Cat (February 1966)[4]

See also[edit]

List of American films of 1965

References[edit]

^ "That Darn Cat, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2013.  ^ Wilson, Staci Layne (2007). Animal Movies Guide. Running Free Press. p. 16.  ^ New York Times: That Darn Cat ^ "Gold Key: That Darn Cat". Grand Comics Database. 

External links[edit]

Official website That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
on IMDb That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
at the TCM Movie Database That Darn Cat DVD release review 1965 cross promotions for 'That Darn Cat'

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Films directed by Robert Stevenson

Happy Ever After (1932) Falling for You (1933) Tudor Rose (1936) The Man Who Changed His Mind
The Man Who Changed His Mind
(1936) Jack of All Trades (1936) King Solomon's Mines (1937) Non-Stop New York
Non-Stop New York
(1937) Owd Bob (1938) The Ware Case (1938) Young Man's Fancy (1939) Return to Yesterday
Return to Yesterday
(1940) Tom Brown's School Days (1940) Back Street (1941) Joan of Paris
Joan of Paris
(1942) Forever and a Day (1943) Jane Eyre (1943) Dishonored Lady
Dishonored Lady
(1947) To the Ends of the Earth (1948) I Married a Communist (1949) Walk Softly, Stranger
Walk Softly, Stranger
(1950) My Forbidden Past
My Forbidden Past
(1951) The Las Vegas Story (1952) Johnny Tremain (1957) Old Yeller (1957) Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
(1959) Kidnapped (1960) The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
(1961) In Search of the Castaways (1962) Son of Flubber
Son of Flubber
(1963) The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
(1964) Mary Poppins (1964) The Monkey's Uncle (1965) That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
(1965) The Gnome-Mobile
The Gnome-Mobile
(1967) Blackbeard's Ghost
Blackbeard's Ghost
(1968) The Love Bug
The Love Bug
(1968) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Herbie Rides Again
Herbie Rides Again
(1974) The Island at the Top of the World
The Island at the Top of the World
(1974) One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
(1975) The Shaggy D.A.
The Shaggy D.A.
(1976)

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The Sherman Brothers

Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman

Motion pictures

The Parent Trap (1961) The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
(1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Bon Voyage! (1962) A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) In Search of the Castaways (1962) Big Red (1962) Moon Pilot
Moon Pilot
(1962) Summer Magic
Summer Magic
(1963) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
(1964) The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners
(1964) Mary Poppins (1964) Those Calloways
Those Calloways
(1965) The Monkey's Uncle (1965) That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
(1965) Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
(1966) Follow Me Boys
Follow Me Boys
(1966) The Happiest Millionaire
The Happiest Millionaire
(1967) The Jungle Book (1967) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
(1967) The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
(1968) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(1968) Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
(1968) The Aristocats
The Aristocats
(1970) Goldilocks (1971) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Snoopy, Come Home
Snoopy, Come Home
(1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) Tom Sawyer (1973) Huckleberry Finn (1974) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
(1974) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1977) The Magic of Lassie
The Magic of Lassie
(1978) Magic Journeys (1982) Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
(1983) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) The Mighty Kong
The Mighty Kong
(1998) Seasons of Giving
Seasons of Giving
(1999) The Tigger Movie (2000)

Stage musicals and musical revues

Victory Canteen (1971) Over Here!
Over Here!
(1974) Dawgs (1983) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1984) Busker Alley (1994) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(2002) On the Record (2004) Mary Poppins (2004) Merry-Go-Round workshop (2007) A Spoonful of Sherman
A Spoonful of Sherman
(2014)

Theme park attractions

Golden Horseshoe Revue (1955) King Arthur Carrousel
King Arthur Carrousel
(1955) Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
(1963) It's a Small World
It's a Small World
(1966) Adventure Thru Inner Space
Adventure Thru Inner Space
(1967) Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
(1972) America Sings
America Sings
(1974) Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
(1975) America on Parade (1975) CommuniCore
CommuniCore
(1982) Imagination! (1982) Magic Journeys (1982) The World Showcase
World Showcase
March (1982) Japan (Epcot)
Japan (Epcot)
(1982) Journey into Imagination (1983) Meet the World (1983) Innoventions (1998) Rocket Rods
Rocket Rods
(1998) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1999) Disneyland Forever
Disneyland Forever
(2015)

Books

Walt's Time: from before to beyond (1998) Moose: Chapters From My Life (2013)

Related

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
(2013) The Jungle

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