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That Darn Cat! [VHS]
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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

His name is "D.C." -- short for "Darn Cat" -- the sleekest sleuth ever to grace the silver screen! Hayley Mills stars as a young woman with an active imagination who contacts the FBI when D.C. suddenly sports a wristwatch around his neck. She's convinced it's the tip-off to crack a baffling bank robbery and kidnapping case. Dean Jones is the allergic federal agent who sniffs around for clues only to find love in the air! An impressive supporting cast -- Frank Gorshin, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, and Ed Wynn -- add to the nonstop zaniness. With its clever mix of mystery, romance, and all-out slapstick, THAT DARN CAT! is the cat's meow for purr-fect family entertainment!

Customer Reviews:

  • Still love Disney
    I am in the process of upgrading all the old VHS to DVD and ran across this. Gotta love the old Disney classics. Everyone can watch them....more info
  • Classic Hayley Mills film
    This DVD version of the movie looks great and is very enjoyable. Hayley Mills is her usual irrepressible self, and the supporting cast is top notch. The feline actor in particular! ;)

    I don't quite understand the anger from some other reviewers about the fullscreen format. It didn't bother me at all. Disappointment I could understand, but this kind of vitriol? It's still a very watchable and enjoyable film for all ages, and I found it a refreshing change from the dumbed-down "kid's" movies they tend to make these days. Adults will enjoy the suspenseful story, retro style, and feline antics just as much as kids will. I'd skip the remake and get the original....more info
    It may be possible that children in 1965 had longer attention spans. THAT DARN CAT was a huge Disney hit, and with its almost two hours in length and it's by today's standards slow pacing, it's a wonder kids could sit through the whole movie without getting antsy. But, hey, I did back then and now as an adult, I still find the movie a charming family film. Disney ingenue Hayley Mills had one of her first "mature" roles in this film and she is delightful as always. Disney mainstay Dean Jones played the allergy-ridden FBI agent to the tee, and lovely Dorothy Provine was sharp as Hayley's older sister. Add a supporting cast of such stalwarts as Ed Wynn, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Tom Lowell, and Roddy McDowall, and you have a highly entertaining fluffy entertainment. It was good seeing Dark Shadows Julia Hoffman (the late Grayson Hall) in the role of the kidnapped banker, and baddies Frank Gorshin and Neville Brand as the somewhat inept kidnappers. And of course, DC that darn cat, was perfect---no superhero abilities or talking cat, just a persnickety and sharp feline hero!...more info
  • Disney Studios "does it" to us again!!!!!!!!!!
    It's official! Disney has sent me an email per my request stating that "That Darn Cat" will be presented in Full Screen format. Since decorum prevents me from stating my true opinion, I will simply say "Don't give Disney a single dime for the worthless tripe they are distrubuting on DVD". For them to give a "bootleg studio" treatment to this fine, 5 star film is purely corporate greed that borders on sadistic delight on the part of the Disney marketing team. Just keep or buy the VHS copies and unfortunately avoid these archaic DVD versions. As it's been said before; "Uncle Walt must be turining in his grave"! ...more info
  • That Darn Cat strikes again!
    It's a very good family movie even me, a kid likes it.And you'll like it if you like cats!...more info
  • hilarious family flick
    Haley Mills shines as always in That Darn Cat. I disagree with some of the other reviewers who said she and her sister came across as being very flaky. Haley stars as Patti, a girl on the brink of womanhood who lives with her older sister and parents. She is known for having an overactive imagination, but that proves to be a good thing when she solves a bank robber mystery with the help of her Siamese Cat "D.C." The cat definitely is the most humorous character in this film. He constantly outwits humans, especially the jerks. The second funniest character in my opinion is Patti's semi boyfriend Canoe who is always hanging around her house generally being a nuesence. My favorite scene is when he is spying on Patti and gets caught on a garage door and then the people who own it open the garage, and he flys up into it and injures his neck. This movie is obviously dated and a bit dorky, but it is great slapstick comedy and safe for the whole family. I recommend watching this late at night when you are a bit tired and slap happy. I am surprised this movie isn't more popular and on DVD. It is almost as good as her previous films Pollyanna and the Parent Trap. Those two movies I give 5 stars. I wouldn't recommend anyone watching the 1997 version of That Darn cat. It was so bad I stopped watching it about a third of the way through it. The acting and writing were both terrible. ...more info
  • Funny

    I don't like cats, but I liked this movie. It is a fun film. I was not a Roddy McDowall movie fan, but here, as the persnickety neighbor out to get that trouble-making, clever, cat, he is quite funny. Haley Mills is charming, her boyfriend runs into a bit of bad luck. A couple of very funny scenes within a believable, fun, story. And then there's that nosey neighbor lady making assumptions....more info
  • Letterbox only
    Hey, Disney. Don't know if you read customer reviews at Amazon, but you should and probably do. What's the deal with full screen? This is a DVD, for heaven's sake. Archivable. I ain't gonna buy any full-screen releases, and I know thousands won't, either. This movie's a classic; you don't treat classics like some kiddie junk. Fine for rental, but nix buying....more info
  • Also disappointed
    I completely agree with the other reviewers here. I also was planning to purchase the dvd of That Darn Cat as it was one of my childhood favorites. However, it is available in full screen only. Why does Disney bother to put out dvds that are nothing but vhs copies on a disk? I guess I will wait until they get wise and put this in a wide-screen version on dvd....more info
  • Disappointed
    This is one of Disney's finest non-animated movies, yet I could only give the DVD one star as the aspect is full-screen. It would have been nice if they had made the DVD 2-sided & included the original wide-screen presentation. They did such a superior job with the earlier movie, "Pollyanna". It is a 2-disc set presented in 1:75. I don't understand why Disney so carefully presents one classic & treats another with complete disdain. The "Absent-Minded Professor" was put out on DVD in full-screen but within six months Disney released the wide-screen version too. I can only hope that they will do that with "That Darn Cat", "In Search of the Castaways", & "The Moon-Spinners". I was so looking forward to the release of all three of these movies, & now I won't be purchasing any of them until the widescreen version comes out....more info
  • Funny Portions, but not Hayley Mills Best
    In the early 1960s Hayley Mills starred in six Disney movies, "Pollyanna" in 1960, "The Parent Trap" in 1961, "In Search of the Castaways" in 1962, "Summer Magic" in 1963, "The Moon-Spinners" in 1964, and this movie in 1965. In 1965 Hayley Mills was about 19 years old and her popularity was beginning to wane. Disney made a vane attempt in this movie to have Hayley appear hip, but instead she comes across as a bit ditzy and occasionally annoying. However, the other actors in this movie make this movie enjoyable and one to have for your collection.

    Hayley Mills owns a cat by the name of DC, which is short for, you guessed it, Darn Cat. DC wanders about the neighborhood looking for handouts and whatever else pleases his feline heart. Recently the neighborhood had a bank robbery, and the bank robbers have disappeared, taking a teller hostage with them.

    Early in the movie we see DC on his travels through the neighborhood, where he encounters, yep, you guessed again, the bank robbers and their hostage, Mrs. Margaret Miller (Grayson Hall). Mrs. Miller attempts to write "help" on the back of her watch, managing only a portion of the word, and then putting the watch around DC's neck.

    After DC returns home Patti Randal (Hayley Mills) sees the watch, and hypothesizes that Mrs. Miller attempted to write "help" and was interrupted, but had the presence of mind to put the watch around DC's neck. She involves a host of FBI agents, lead by Agent Zeke Kelso, who is played by the Disney regular Dean Jones. Patti's efforts to keep the FBI on the case are continually by her ditzy behavior, which also threatens to annoy some viewers.

    Involved in the shenanigans are Dorothy Provine as Patti's slightly older sister Ingrid, Roddy McDowell as Ingrid's car pool and love interest (in his mind) Gregory Benson, Elsa Lanchester as busy-body neighbor Kipp MacDougall and William Demerast as her long-suffering husband Wilbur, Ed Wynn as Mr. Hofstedder the jeweler, Tom Lowell as goofball moocher Canoe Henderson, and Neville Brand and Frank Gorshin as bank robbers Dan and Iggy.

    The funniest parts of the movie revolve around the cat. DC is well-trained and in most cases is the most intelligent being in the movie. It is little wonder that the movie was named after the cat. Most of the characters that interact with the cat end up getting a lot of chuckles and laughs. The bank robbers are menacing, as anyone who is familiar with Neville Brand might imagine, but Iggy seems a bit clueless. The FBI ends up being made to look silly in this movie as well, particularly as they attempt to tail the cat, no pun intended.

    The surprising part of this movie is that the bank robbers are planning to kill Mrs. Miller. Murder is rarely blatantly plotted in any Disney movie, and though this movie is a comedy and a bit goofball, I recommend this movie for children at least in elementary school because Neville Brand and Frank Gorshin may be a bit too scary for some children. Everything generally turns out okay in the end, as you might expect in a Disney movie, but Mrs. Miller's fears are real.

    Hayley Mills has always been a favorite from the time I was a child, when I thought she was pretty and cool. However, of her six early Disney movies this one exploits her talents the least. In general her characters are intelligent and outgoing, and their observations often reflect our own or a position that we can often accept. In this movie Patti Randall is too goofy for me to identify with her. Even her sister Ingrid seems a bit too daffy. I think Disney should have made both characters more intelligent. I should note that the later remake did make the lead character more intelligent, but that movie is not as clever and as funny as this movie is. Fortunately, the supporting characters are funny, and they make this movie well worth watching.

    As with other Disney DVD releases, this movie is in full screen format, for reasons I am unable to understand. Admittedly the movie probably loses little by being in full screen, but when you have a wide screen television you prefer to make the most of the screen width.

    "That Darn Cat" is somewhat dated, but I still enjoy watching it. You need this movie to make your Hayley Mills Disney movie collection complete. Also, Dean Jones fans will enjoy his character in this movie. Lastly, DC makes this movie. Indeed, DC may be the best actor in the movie.
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  • That Darn Cat!
    That Darn Cat is a must see. It's my favorite Haley Mills movie, along with The Parent Trap. I thought this movie would be boring, but boy was I wrong. With a supporting cast that includes Dean Jones, Frank Gorsin, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDonald, and Ed Wynn. If you are a Haley Mills fan, watch this movie....more info
  • "He's a sly old codger, an artful dodger, a scrounger unsurpassed..." (referring to the cat, of course, and not Ed Wynn)
    Forty years plus later, THAT DARN CAT! still holds up very well as a live action Disney movie. I saw it again recently, after not having seen it for many years, and it's just as entertaining and silly, although for the most part not so dumbed-down silly that it becomes aggravating. Based on the book UNDERCOVER CAT by the Gordons (That Darn Cat AKA Undercover Cat) and with the theme song sung by Bobby Darin, several things work to make this a fun flick. First and prominently, there's Hayley Mills, who spent a huge chunk of her teenhood making Disney movies (Pollyanna (Vault Disney Collection), the classic PARENT TRAP (The Parent Trap (1961) and The Parent Trap II (1986): 2-Movie Collection (2-Disc Set)), In Search of the Castaways, Summer Magic, The Moon-Spinners). THAT DARN CAT! marks the end of 19-year-old Hayley Mills's Disney run, but she exits on a high note. To make up for her departure, lanky everyman Dean Jones makes his Disney debut and would go on to be the featured star in ensuing Disney pictures. In this movie Hayley is as warm and plucky as ever, and Dean brings his likeability and his talent for physical comedy. Both are terrific, someone in charge being wise enough to ensure enough screentime for these two to do their thing.

    But it's also about the cat. At exactly 9pm the always ravenous blue-eyed Siamese cat D.C. (for Darn Cat!) goes on the prowl and makes his rounds, scavenging for food, getting into messes, getting the neighbors all ornery. But when D.C. comes home one evening wearing an expandable wristwatch with part of the word "Help" scratched on it, her teenaged owner Patti Randall (Mills) makes an improbable leap of logic: that the watch is somehow linked to the daring bank robberies and kidnapping so featured in all the newspapers. I guess back in the '60s one can just stroll into the FBI offices and walk out with an FBI guy, because this is exactly what Patti does. Except that the agent assigned, Zeke Kelso (Jones), happens to be highly allergic to cats.

    There's a bit of anthropomorphism thrown in, with D.C. seemingly able to understand most of the conversations going on around him. And certainly D.C. is a clever cat, and there's almost a cartoon feel in how he outsmarts the local backyard mutt. We also get absurd shenanigans with Agent Kelso attempting to take the cat's pawprints and the FBI guys tasked with surveillance detail on D.C. But thankfully the cat doesn't monopolize the movie. And, except for Kelso's attempts to fingerprint D.C. (a scene which feels really contrived), the frankly farfetched plot developments generate the humor. The funniest sequence takes place in a drive-in theater as manager Mel Cooley chases down Kelso and the cat and has ungodly amounts of icky concession stand foods dumped on him. There's also a very vague stab at romance but that gives way in favor of getting the plot moving.

    Incidental characters also provide comedy support and generally liven up the place, particularly Elsa Manchester and William Demarest as, respectively, the snoopy neighbor and her hearing-impaired husband. And, yes, the snoop gets her just desserts. Roddy McDowall plays a stuffed shirt who courts Patti's older sister; Ed Wynn shows up in one scene as a nervous jeweler; and Frank Gorshin (later, the Riddler in the Batman show) is interesting as a fidgety bank robber. A dichotomy regarding Gorshin's character is that while he's the one pushing to kill off the hostage bank teller, he's a big softie for cats. By the way, another element which elevates the film is that the bad guys aren't portrayed as bumbling types but rather as fairly smart ne-er-do-wells. They probably would've gotten away with their crimes... if not for That. Darn. Cat! And who plans for cats?

    So I cut my teeth on Disney flicks and grew up on Hayley Mills and Dean Jones, Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell. Hayley Mills was excellent in all of her Disney pictures, so I'm not too surprised that, although not as timeless as THE PARENT TRAP, THAT DARN CAT! decades later has managed to retain its magic and its watchability. Even the more sophisticated, more savvy kids of today will giggle themeselves silly at THAT DARN CAT! The only down side to this, really, is that we're still waiting for a dvd release with the original theatrical wide screen format. Why dole out the skimpy, Disney?...more info
  • Great Family comedy
    It was bought for my dad for Christmas and he loves it and I would suggest this movie for anyone whom loves laughing and classic comedies ...more info
  • Great family viewing
    This is typical Walt Disney/Hayley Mills fast paced movie. These movies cross the generation gap and are fun for today's viewers as well. Great stuff!...more info
  • Greatest movie ever, IMO
    I first saw this on the Disney Channel many years ago and recorded it. I must've watched it 100 times growing up!

    All I can say is, if they do make a widescreen version, use WIDESCREEN ANAMORPHIC mode, since standard widescreen is much lower resolution.

    And it would be great if they added some dubs of other languages, or at least release it in Europe like the Herbie series. I rarely buy Region 1 DVDs when buying older movies since they only have the English and possibly a French track (Euorpeans use their multi language DVDs to learn English. I feel ripped off! I'm trying to learn German and Italian!)


    PS. There HAS BEEN SPOTTED an Italian DVD release, under the name "FBI OPERAZIONE GATTO." I know it exists to be found, but be careful to double check the actors, since some italian sites confuse the covers and display the old version's cover on a page which sells the new version (in this case, it would be the Doug E Doug, Cristina Ricci version)

    Other Official foriegn titles for "That Darn Cat" you can research:

    Deutsch: Alles fr die Katz
    Italiano: FBI Operazione Gatto
    Francais: L'espion aux pattes de velours
    Portugese: Aquele Gato Danado...more info
  • NO WIDESCREEN !!!!!!!!
    I've had this pre-ordered for over a year in hopes that Disney would get off their collective bottoms and release this movie.

    So they finally release it and its Full Screen. I haven't watched it yet, but they probably just used the VHS master. I wasn't looking for a full blown restoration ala Mary Poppins, but a decent Anamorphic Widescreen release would've been nice.

    One of my favorite movies, but Disney gets three stars for no widescreen version.

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