A young Scottish girl's cat, Thomasina, apparently dies at the hands of her widowed veterinarian father. The strained relationship between the girl and her father is eventually repaired with the return of Thomasina and the aid of a beautiful and mysterious "witch" who seems to have powers to revive and heal animals. Written by
Jeff Hole <firstname.lastname@example.org>
During a scene in which Dr. McDhui is performing surgery, he asks his assistant for the "Spencer Wells". This is a type of forceps, named for Sir Thomas Spencer Wells, physician to Queen Victoria and a pioneer in abdominal surgery. See more »
In the scene at the circus where Lori goes to check on the abused animals, there is a man riding a horse in a ring. At first the horse is white. Later the same horse is gray spotted. See more »
Thomasina is the cat with her own agenda. She is given a good home with the mother-less McDhui family in Scotland. Little Mary takes care of her. One day, while hunting for fish in the town market, she falls in a stack of crates and is hurt badly. When Mary and her friends bring her to her father, the town veterinarian, he does nothing for her. The children throw their own funeral, in which Thomasina is taken by Lori who is thought to be a witch. Lori nurses her back to health and then, they begin to feel compelled to help the McDhui family.
This one definitely gnaws at you. Full of real heart and soul. The most emotional parts are aided by lovely songs, especially the opening. A little hard to explain from someone with a lifelong love of animals. It just calls you front and center to the characters. And no matter what they're going through, you remain intrigued. Actress Karen Dotrice who plays Mary is also Jane from Mary Poppins. Adult actor Patrick McGoohan sure was a handsome devil, famous for turning down the part of James Bond and considered to replace Columbo. 7/10
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?