That Darn Cat! (1965) (Bilingual)
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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!
When a slightly cross-eyed Siamese cat named D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up with a wristwatch around his neck instead of a collar, it could be just the clue the FBI needs to crack a series of bank robberies in this lightweight comedy from Disney. The watch belongs to a bank teller who has been taken hostage. Dean Jones stars as the good-hearted FBI agent assigned to the case. Unfortunately, he is highly allergic to, you guessed it, cats. Hayley Mills is D.C.'s doting owner who hatches a hair-brained scheme to follow D.C.'s every move until he returns to the crooks' hideout where he got the wristwatch. After a lot of sneezing, slapstick, and comedic intrigue, the bank robbers are foiled, the hostage is safe, and everyone is happy. An impressive supporting cast of Frank Gorshin, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, and Ed Wynn add to the zaniness. Released in 1965 (and remade in 1997), it is understandably dated, but the performances are fun nonetheless. Hayley Mills is delightful as the determined and unflappable wannabe sleuth, and Dean Jones proves he is adept at physical comedy. This is a movie of little consequence, just a clean, fun diversion that the whole family can watch. The theme song is sung by Bobby Darin. --Peggy Maltby-Etra --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With Bobby Darin singing the catchy theme song, a clever and adorable cat stealing fish as well as scenes, a cast of well-known actors bringing their "A game," and a very well-wriiten and hilarious story, this is the perfect night's entertainment for the whole family. Family could mean generations or it could be just a couple. This movie is so much fun its appeal is to people of all ages. It is also a film that you will watch and re-watch because there is just so much to it.
One scene stood out for me was when the nosy neighbor wanted to spy on Patti and Zeke (the detective), so she used her husband's hearing aid to listen in their conversation...but all she got was a bug buzzing in the microphone! I used to wear the body worn hearing aid at that time, and one of my classmates exclaimed, "His hearing aid's is like Nancy's!" LOL That memory always made me smile.
I have the videocassette for memory's sake since this is one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. Your kids or any adult would love this clean, funny movie as much as I did!
DC himself, of course, is the star of the picture--a handsome and talented cat, splendidly trained, who strews chaos in his wake wherever he goes (the sequence in the drive-in on the second night is the stuff classic comedy is made of). Mills, with her distinct British accent, is somewhat less than believable as a California surfer girl, but Jones is, as always, a delightful straight man to the wild improbabilities going on around him. The cast also features Dorothy Provine as Patti's older sister Ingrid; Roddy McDowell as Gregory Benson, who's trying to eel his way into her affections; Tom Lowell as Patti's surfer boyfriend, Canoe; Neville Brand as the tough and sinister bank robber Dan and Frank Gorshin as the mildly maniacal Iggy; and Elsa Lanchester and William Demarest as the Randalls' nosy neighbor and her long-suffering husband. Though lacking in the high-tech gadgetry of more modern films of its kind, the movie also manages a fair degree of suspense (Will DC return to the robbers' hideout in time to save the hostage? Will Benson or Canoe queer the FBI's deal?). While I haven't seen the remake, I suspect the original is superior; even its more physical moments of comedy have a certain grace about them. And certainly there are abundant laugh-out-loud moments. Recommended.
What a delightful movie, from start to finish. DC (Darn Cat) is OH SO CUTE....right off the bat, I was hooked by the antics of this lovable and talented feline. Hayley Mills and also Grayson Hall (in a supporting role) were just great and Dean Jones added to the fun too.
I never saw this as a child but I'm glad I took the time to view it now. It had many LOL moments, some touching ones too.
A family film that has stood the test of time.
Yes, in many ways it IS dated, but in a good way. A return to just plain fun and better, simpler values than is often the case in newer films of all kinds. A treat to watch, especially if you love felines too!
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This movie is an old one. I like it when I was very young and I like it now for its intelligent sens of humor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SILVIA
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