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That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 2 December 1965 (USA)
After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an SOS, the FBI assigns a cat-allergic agent to the case.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Gordon Gordon (screenplay) (as The Gordons), Mildred Gordon (screenplay) (as The Gordons) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Patti Randall
Dean Jones ... Zeke Kelso
Dorothy Provine ... Ingrid Randall
Roddy McDowall ... Gregory Benson
Neville Brand ... Dan
Elsa Lanchester ... Mrs. MacDougall
William Demarest ... Mr. MacDougall
Frank Gorshin ... Iggy
Richard Eastham ... Supervisor Newton
Grayson Hall ... Margaret Miller
Tom Lowell ... Canoe
Richard Deacon ... Drive-in-Mgr.
Iris Adrian ... Landlady
Liam Sullivan ... Graham
Don Dorrell Don Dorrell ... Spires
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Storyline

A woman is kidnapped. While in captivity, she manages to send a message out with a wandering cat. The cat's owner calls the FBI. The FBI tries to follow the cat. Jealous boyfriends and nosy neighbours also get in the act. Written by Rob Brown <robbrown@tibalt.supernet.ab.ca>

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Follow that cat... as a sassy, Siamese secret agent leads the F.B.I. through WALT DISNEY'S MOST HILARIOUS COMEDY! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,062,222
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

DC's 2 initial name was said 42 times total in the 1965 movie, 37 times by Patti Randall, 3 times by FBI agent, Zeke Kelso, 1 time by Ingrid Randall, while reading newspaper, morning after Zeke Kelso & FBI found the two criminals and apprehended them. The very first (and only time) was by Canoe, while waiting for the evening surf weather. Patricia Randall once told FBI agent, Zeke Kelso that DC stands for Darn Cat, inside the FBI station. Kidnapped bankteller, Margaret Miller put her wristwatch around DC's neck, the previous evening and Patty discovered it, as she was feeding DC & feeling around his neck, to slowly stroke or scratch DC's neck. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret Mitchell, (Grayson Hall's role), took off her watch to scratch HELP on the back, (then put around D. C.'s neck) the metal on the back of her wristwatch is almost as weak as aluminum foil, too easy to make a mark with a knife blade, in ten seconds of "H-E~". See more »

Quotes

Iggy: [to Margaret Miller] Make mine well. I can't stand the sight of blood.
Dan: [to Margaret Miller] Some desperate character I got for a partner, huh Mom?
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Crazy Credits

The bull-dog that chased D. C., during the Opening Credits, after its neck gets trapped between fence boards the extremely angry bull-dog barks three times, once for each word of the movie title. After each bark, a word appears, [1st bark: THAT 2nd bark: DARN 3rd bark: CAT!] all in capital letters & an exclamation point, along with CAT, as CAT!. See more »


Soundtracks

That Darn Cat!
Sung by Bobby Darin
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Played during both the opening title/credits and leading into "The End" card
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Surprisingly good!
2 November 2003 | by Jessica-65See all my reviews

I have fond memories of watching this as a child, but I thought my memories might be too rosy, so my expectations were not high as I got ready to re-watch this film. However, it was surprisingly entertaining throughout, except near the end, where I agree that the scene showing everybody trailing everybody else went on a little too long. You can tell the plot was taken from a novel - there are several funny lines, there is more telling detail, the bad guys are convincingly threatening (as others have said), and the characters are more three-dimensional than usual for a 1960s "family" movie. The teenage heroine (played by Hayley Mills) is resourceful and actually has a steady boyfriend(!), though of course she never kisses him, even at the drive-in! I also like the actress who plays the hostage - she *looks* like an older woman who might actually work at a bank - not like a Hollywood glamour girl! I haven't seen the 1997(?) remake, but I suspect it isn't as good as the original. All in all, an enjoyable movie for a Saturday night at home!


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