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That Darn Cat!

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The fur flies when a smart Siamese cat goes undercover and Hayley Mills and Dean Jones team up for mystery, adventure, and wild comedy on Disney DVD. When the irrepressible and always hungry D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up with a wristwatch for a collar, it becomes a tip-off to an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. You don't know who's tailing who as nosy neighbors, jealous boyfriends, and a highly allergic FBI agent play a game of cat and mouse to crack the baffling case. Don't miss the spectacular supporting cast featuring Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Frank Gorshin, and Ed Wynn, plus 100 purr-cent feline family fun!

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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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That Darn Cat!" on IMDb

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "mr_nasty" on 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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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Matthew DeLuca on 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.

August 21, 2015 (Time really flies, doesn't it?) UPDATE: The movie is available on DVD and has been for a while now.

NOW, I want to request that Disney completely Restore (and enhance?) and Remaster this beloved classic and release it on BLU-RAY.

This is the 50th Anniversary year of the movie and a 50th Anniversary Edition would have been special. (And WHY isn't this movie on Amazon Instant Video?)

I dont know what Disney is waiting for, but if enough of us request the Blu-Ray, it will be made available alot quicker.

The movie is about a Beautiful Siamese Cat, named D.C. (Darn Cat).
D.C. and his owner, the cute (Hubba-Hubba) 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. Not even CLOSE. The original blows the 97' version away!

This original 1965 version of 'That Darn Cat" is the one with the Disney Magic that we all have grown used to.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M.K. on September 3, 2006
Format: DVD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DonnaReviews on February 26, 2005
Format: DVD
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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