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  • Actors: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Screenplay By The Gordons And Bill Walsh, Based On The Book "Undercover Cat" By The Gordons
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 3 2005
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JN0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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!|The film was a big Christmas release, grossing more than $9 million at the box office, due in part to a screenplay written by the original authors of the story "Undercover Cat," Millie and Gordon Gordon, along with Bill Walsh, and a popular title tune written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Bobby Darrin.|One of the cats who placed D.C. was Tao from Disney's THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.

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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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By Len the Sound Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 7 2015
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I saw this movie when I was a kid, but the only part I remember was the watch with the message on the back. The message was written by a kidnapped woman, and the darn cat eventually causes her to be rescued. This movie really captures the 60s Disney style, with lots of running around and sight gags and slapstick. There are about 4 different sub plots going at the same time, it gets quite complex! It's mostly non stop action, but all the complexity can make you quite nervous as to when the story will get back on track! I give it 4 stars since it was geared for a younger audience then I, it's a good family film. There are references to murdering the captured woman and she looks quite terrified, so I wouldn't show it to very young pre-school children, it's rated G.
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I have always loved this movie. I find it rather funny, in a stagey kind of way. I was surprised by the viciousness of the bad guys, at moments they really managed to frighten me. A Disney Classic, what else need I say? :-)
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I don't recall seeing this film as a kid even though I watched a lot of Hayley Mills' Disney films at the time. I came upon it by chance in the late 1990s while I was flipping. I watched about 15 minutes of it and found it to be very funny and highly entertaining. I then turned to the program I planned to watch, but made a note of when "That Darn Cat" was next on, so when it came on again, I watched it and absolutely fell in love with it. It is a very well-written, well-directed, and well-acted film. The cast really looks like they had a lot of fun making that film. Since my love affair with that film began, I have given it as a gift several times to the children of friends and family. I have recommended it to adults too because although it is billed as a kiddies' movie, it perfecty suited for adult viewers. The phrase and concept of "creeping matrimony" is also part of my lexicon and thinking because of this film.

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.
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I can watch this movie again and again. For kids and adults - no one will be disappointed. It has humour, suspense, great acting, plus Bobby Darin's fantastic voice to the Sherman brothers' theme song at the opening and the end. If you love cats this movie is a must, because you understand how cats "think" and act, which makes it even more funny. This role was absolutely taylor made for Hayley Mills, with her mischievious perosnality, she and the cat complement each other. You know there is a bond between them that no one else shares. Wonderful cast. Note: Make sure you don't get the remake of this movie, because it's awful and will ruin your wonderful memory of the original.
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I first saw this around 1977 when I was in either 1st or 2nd Grade with my class from those old reel projectors that schools used to use for showing movies. When I first saw this movie with my class, I loved it!! :) I also loved the Bobby Darin theme song in this movie.
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!
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Get this movie if you have kids. They'll love it. You'll love it. Only positive messages here.
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I'm a big fan of all things cats so when I read in a couple of reviews here at Amazon that adults have enjoyed it too, I decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did.

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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Families and cat-lovers will delight in this comedy-mystery (based upon a novel by The Gordons) about DC Randall, Siamese sleuth, who comes home one night from his regular wanderings with a woman's wristwatch around his neck. Patti (Mills), DC's person, takes the wild but accurate guess that the watch belongs to a neighborhood bank teller kidnapped in a robbery only that morning, contacts the FBI, and involves Agent Zeke Kelso (Jones), who's unfortunately allergic to cats, in the case. Three nights of confusion and mayhem follow as the FBI tries to follow their "informant" in the hopes that he'll return to the place he acquired the watch.
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.
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