That Darn Cat (1997) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • In a small Massachusetts town, two bumbling criminals mistakenly kidnap a maid, thinking her to be the wife of a prominent businessman. D.C., short for Darn Cat, is an alley cat who, while looking for his nightly snack, stumbles upon the kidnap victim, bound and gagged in a shed. The kidnap victim scratches a plea for help on the back of her wristwatch and puts it around the cat's neck. Patti finds the watch and links it to the missing maid. Playing amateur detective, she enlists the aid of an FBI agent, Zeke, who has been assigned to the case. Patti and Zeke follow D.C. through tight openings to track down the captive.

  • A maid is kidnapped and scratches a message onto D.C. the cat's collar and when his owner Patti discovers this, she plays amateur detective with the help of D.C. to try to find the culprits.



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  • Patty Randall, a Sixteen-year-old girl finds life in her hometown dull until her cat, D.C. gets his paws on a vital clue to a mysterious kidnapping! She wanted some excitement in her life for once and now that day has dawned. Two criminals try to kidnapp a wealthy wife and end up taking the wrong woman, an innocent maid. D.C. finds the kidnapped maid and she sends a message to the outside world on a watch placed around the feisty feline's collar. It is up to Patty, D.C. and a hapless FBI agent to find the maid and save the day! The FBI Agent gets stuck with the 'crazy teenager' who thinks her cat can solve a major crime - leading to a hilarious investigation filled with zany mishaps and misunderstandings before they finally crack the case. Christina Ricci and Doug E. Doug star.

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