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Robert Westerby (screenplay)
Paul Gallico (book)
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Release Date:
4 June 1964 (USA) See more »
Three Human Lives Wonderfully Bewitched by a Enchanted Cat! See more »
Thomasina the cat brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Benji for cat lovers See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick McGoohan ... Andrew McDhui
Susan Hampshire ... Lori MacGregor
Laurence Naismith ... Reverend Angus Peddie
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. MacKenzie
Wilfrid Brambell ... Willie Bannock

Finlay Currie ... Grandpa Stirling
Alex Mackenzie ... Tammas
Vincent Winter ... Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore ... Jamie McNab
Charles Carson ... Doctor Strathsea
Ruth Dunning ... Mother Stirling
Ewan Roberts ... Constable McQuarrie
Oliver Johnston ... Mr. Dobbie
Francis De Wolff ... Targu (as Francis de Wolff)
Nora Nicholson ... Old Lady
Gwen Nelson ... Ms. McCloud
Jack Stewart ... Birnie

Karen Dotrice ... Mary McDhui
Matthew Garber ... Geordie McNab

Elspeth March ... Thomasina (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Webb ... Gypsy Granny (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Chaffey 
Writing credits
Robert Westerby (screenplay)

Paul Gallico (book "Thomasina")

Produced by
Hugh Attwooll .... associate producer
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gordon Stone 
Art Direction by
Michael Stringer 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Betty Sherriff .... hair stylist
Frank Turner .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Basil Appleby .... unit manager
Peter Manley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Bertera .... assistant director (uncredited)
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Terry Marcel .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Clive Midwinter .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
Dickie Bamber .... dressing props (uncredited)
Norman Dorme .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Alec Gray .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Jim Morahan .... draughtsman (uncredited)
A.J. Van Montagu .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gus Walker .... construction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCalum)
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Charles Arnold .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Gus Lloyd .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jim Fetherolf .... special effects
Ub Iwerks .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Mac Kenny .... director of photography: UK (2005: DVD)
Michael Reed .... additional photographer
Ray Sturgess .... additional photographer
Brian Bennett .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Bert Bosher .... chargehand electrician (uncredited)
Alan Hall .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Michael Sarafian .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Laurie Shane .... electrician (uncredited)
John Swan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maude Spector .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Robin Clarke .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Barry Peters .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor (uncredited)
Eric Rogers .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jimmy Chipperfield .... animals
Walt Disney .... presenter
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG for thematic elements (re-rating) (1992)
97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #20535) (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1992)

Did You Know?

The oddest thing about the choice of orange tabbies to portray Thomasina (presumably a female cat) is that orange tabby cats are, for the most part, male - just as calicoes are 99.8% female. So either Paul Gallico got it wrong in his original story or the film casting crew overlooked this small biological detail.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the beginning of the movie when Thomasina is running down the street, you can see briefly the shadow of the camera in the bottom left corner.See more »
Thomasina:They started out by calling me Thomas, but when they, um, got to know me better, they changed it to Thomasina.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Benji for cat lovers, 9 June 2003
Author: Ann_Bowman_Invents from 90210, USA

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

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