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That Darn Cat! (1965)

Hayley Mills , Dean Jones , Robert Stevenson  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Screenplay By The Gordons And Bill Walsh, Based On The Book "Undercover Cat" By The Gordons
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That Darn Cat!" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The film was a big Christmas release, grossing more than $9 million at the box office, due in part to a screenplay written by the original authors of the story "Undercover Cat," Millie and Gordon Gordon, along with Bill Walsh, and a popular title tune written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Bobby Darrin.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film for Character Actor fans April 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Dean Jones and Hayley Mills star in this film about a teenage girl whose ornery cat becomes a surveillance tool for an FBI agent on the trail of two kidnappers. Unfortunately, Mills has to keep this a secret, which isn't easy seeing as how she has a sister who isn't exactly being cooperative (a hilarious performance by Dorothy Provine, in a much more assertive role than she usually plays) and a boyfriend named "Canoe" who thinks she's cheating on him. Add to that a snoopy next door neighbor and her virtually-deaf husband, played respectively by Elsa Lanchester and William DeMarest (they literally steal the show from the rest of the cast) and you've got a comedy that is full of belly laughs and able to withstand repeated viewings. If you're a big Hayley Mills fan, as I am, then this film will be fun for you regardless, but one of the other reasons I like this film so much is that it features many of the 60's TV show character actors: Neville Brand ("Laredo") and Frank Gorshin (the Riddler from "Batman") play the kidnappers, and Grayson Hall (Oscar Nominee for "The Night of the Iguana) plays their victim; plus there's a hilarious bit at a drive in with Richard Deacon (Mel Cooley from "Dick Van Dyke"). But by far the actors most deserving of attention are Elsa Lanchester and William DeMarest as Mills' next door neighbors - the scene at the end where Lanchester gets what's coming to her is worth the price of the video, plus some. One more comic bit worth noting: watch for Ed Wynn as a nervous jeweler (he's not on there long, but you'll be laughing the whole time he's on the screen). Great fun, arguably the most underrated Disney Comedy ever.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting............ May 2, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As of today, May 2, 2004, Disney's masterpiece, the original "That Darn Cat" has yet to be released on DVD.
I dont know what Disney is waiting for, but if enough of us request the DVD, it will be made available alot quicker. All you have to do is sign up to pre-order the DVD on when it becomes available.
You will get an email when the DVD finally comes out.
The movie is about a Beautiful Siamese Cat, named D.C. (Darn Cat).
D.C. and his owner, the cute Disney legend Hayley Mills find themselves up to their necks in crime, and chaos.
A woman has been kidnapped, and only D.C. and Hayley can help he police find her!
Dean Jones, another Disney legend, plays the special agent in charge of the kidnapped woman's case, and he is wonderful.
"That Darn Cat" is the epitome of a Disney Clasic film: A cute, charasmatic Animal as the star, plus some familiar faces in the supporting roles, mixed with the Disney comedy, action and overall fun that we have grown to love.
The late great Roddy McDowall, of "Planet of the Apes" fame, plays a great part in this movie as well.
They made a remake of "That Darn Cat' in 1997, and while it was good, it is not nearly as good as the original.
This original 1965 version of 'That Darn Cat" is the one with the Disney Magic that we all have grown used to.
This movie is full of comedy, action, suspense, intrigue, and most important, pure Disney fun.
You will definitely enjoy this movie, if you havent seen it yet. If you have seen it on video, then you know what I mean.
Hopefully, soon, Disney will release this movie on DVD, and when they do, trust me when I say that it will be a favorite of yours and your family for years and years to come.
So, come on Disney.....we are waiting. Please release "That Darn Cat" on DVD soon, so that a whole new generation can experience its wonder.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hayley Mills film September 3, 2006
This DVD version of the movie looks great and is very enjoyable. Hayley Mills is her usual irrepressible self, and the supporting cast is top notch. The feline actor in particular! ;)

I don't quite understand the anger from some other reviewers about the fullscreen format. It didn't bother me at all. Disappointment I could understand, but this kind of vitriol? It's still a very watchable and enjoyable film for all ages, and I found it a refreshing change from the dumbed-down "kid's" movies they tend to make these days. Adults will enjoy the suspenseful story, retro style, and feline antics just as much as kids will. I'd skip the remake and get the original.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NO WIDESCREEN !!!!!!!! May 5, 2005
I've had this pre-ordered for over a year in hopes that Disney would get off their collective bottoms and release this movie.

So they finally release it and its Full Screen. I haven't watched it yet, but they probably just used the VHS master. I wasn't looking for a full blown restoration ala Mary Poppins, but a decent Anamorphic Widescreen release would've been nice.

One of my favorite movies, but Disney gets three stars for no widescreen version.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!!! March 28, 2004
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Absolutely fabulous! This movie can make you laugh 1000 times over! It's delicious. The actor's play is a masterpiece, something that is very rare in our days.The intrigue is perfectly balanced, and the storyscript is the work of a genius!If you want to laugh like you do when you were a child, this is your moment!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hayley and D.C. a Ball of Fun! February 26, 2005
This is one of my favorite Hayley Mills films, a true Disney classic. Patti (Hayley Mills) has a mischievous Siamese cat named D.C. (Darn Cat) who inadvertently gets tied up with bank robbers and kidnappers when he slips into a house in which a bank teller (Grayson Hall of "Dark Shadows" fame) is being held hostage. The teller places her wristwatch around the cat's neck and Patti, noticing the strange "collar" when D.C. returns, brings it to the attention of FBI agent Zeke Kelso (Dean Jones). Unfortunately, he is highly allergic to, what else, cats. Although initially reluctant, Zeke finally agrees to Patti's zany scheme to have D.C.'s every move tracked until the feline-sleuth returns to the crooks' hideout where he got the wristwatch. Meanwhile, love is in the air when Zeke meets Patti's pretty older sister, Ingrid (Dorothy Provine). As always, with these 60's slapstick films, many wonderful older stars are on hand in the zany fun (terrific how older stars were honored alongside the younger set in this genre). The impressive supporting cast includes Frank Gorshin, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, and Ed Wynn. Hayley Mills is delightful as ever -- spirited, spunky, and cute with her cool sixties hairbands and bob. Tom Lowell plays Patti's annoying surfer boyfriend, Canoe. To make the fun more perfect, the theme song is sung by Bobby Darin. Cowabunga! Purr-fect family fun and sixties purr-fection! A famous moment: the cat goes to the movies!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Movie Night
Of course my family consists of two cats and a senior dachshund, But seriously, That Darn Cat is a grandly entertaining movie about a cat who may have been in contact with two... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Frank Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Fun! Fun!
Very funny and engaging. For the whole family to watch lying in a nice couch and popcorn for everyone! Enjoy!
Published 9 days ago by A. Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie!
One of my favorite Disney movies. This movie is clean, entertaining and a fun movie for the whole family. This movie is a keeper, one that we will enjoy watching again and again.
Published 12 days ago by matsugirl
5.0 out of 5 stars the good old days
I remember this from when I was a kid. There are so many movies we've collected that aren't as good as I recalled, but this is a keeper! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Buttercup
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a very good christmas gift
my daughter really liked it. it was one of her christmas gifts. she really likes the old classic movies,and this fit the bill
Published 16 days ago by marvin d. volentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney
Really brings back wonderful childhood memories watching this great Disney family classic. I would highly recommend adding it to your library. Read more
Published 19 days ago by K. Petermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great classic movie - cracks me up every time I watch it. They just don't make good movies like this anymore. Something you can watch with your whole family.
Published 20 days ago by o2b4ft11
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
The original is the best! A unique and fun feel good story. A cat with an attitude gets tailed by the FBI.
Published 1 month ago by Red Leaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Hayley Mills
This movie is a great classic. It is really funny. Hayley Mills is a great actress and this is one of the her movies that is very good.
Published 1 month ago by Lucia
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!! Love Hayley Mills!!
What's not to love?
One of Disney's fun and wholesome films!
Hayley Mills is great and so are the other actors!
You'll enjoy it!
Published 1 month ago by J Carew
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