THAT DARN CAT Add To My Top 10

A Feline Detective Story

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Release Date: December 02, 1965

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Content:

(BB, PP, V, D, M) Strong moral worldview with FBI, authorities, and helpful citizens (including a cat) in search of thieves and kidnappers; no foul language though the “darn” in the title is admitted to be a father’s euphemism for a mischievous pet cat; brief modest and comical slapstick violence in the process of apprehending criminals, woman tied up, cat leads FBI agents and dog on merry chase; no sex; no nudity; smoking, including pipe smoking by a teenager; and, theft and kidnapping are the crime being investigated but are not condoned.


Summary:

THAT DARN CAT! is a 1960s Disney slapstick family comedy starring Hailey Mills and Dean Jones in a cute, clean story about a mischievous cat that helps solve a bank robbery and kidnapping. THAT DARN CAT! is the kind of goofy, family friendly live action comedy that was once a staple of Walt Disney Pictures.


Review:

THAT DARN CAT! is a 1960s Disney slapstick family comedy. This one stars Hailey Mills and Dean Jones in a cute, clean story about a cat that helps solve a bank robbery and kidnapping.



The story opens with a cat working its way in the door of an apartment where two bank robbers are holding a bank employee they kidnapped. The woman manages to remove the cat’s collar and replace it with her watch. She manages to scratch the first letters of “help” on the back of her watch. The cat returns home, and Patti Randall (played by the wonderful Hayley Mills) discovers the watch and rightly imagines it belongs to the kidnapped woman who’s been prominent in the recent local news.



Patti takes the watch to the FBI and finagles her way in to see agent Zeke Kelso (played by fabulous Dean Jones in his first Disney role). Thus begins an FBI operation to follow the cat, affectionately known as DC, a euphemism for “darn cat.”



The hunt lends itself to lots of slapstick comedy as Patti’s sister, boyfriend and neighbors are sucked into the action by their curiosity. Patti must use all her wits to keep the FBI from giving up on her cat and to keep friends and neighbors from knowing the FBI is working in their neighborhood. Of course, Agent Kelso just happens to be allergic to cats!



THAT DARN CAT! is the kind of goofy, family friendly live action comedy that was once a staple of Walt Disney Pictures. It’s the kind of movie parents can watch with their children and both can enjoy the light humor. In this one, there’s nothing magical or mystical. It’s just a comedy crime caper with positive American, family values. Sadly, they don’t make breezy family movies like THAT DARN CAT! anymore, but they should! If you like this one, you might want to check out Dean Jones and company in another funny live action Disney classic, THE UGLY DACHSHUND.


In Brief:

THAT DARN CAT! opens with a cat working its way into an apartment where two bank robbers are holding a bank employee they kidnapped. The woman manages to remove the cat’s collar and replace it with her watch. The cat returns home and Patti Randall discovers the watch. She rightly imagines it belongs to the kidnapped woman, who’s been prominent in the recent local news. Patti takes the watch to the FBI and finagles a way to see Agent Zeke Kelso. Thus begins an FBI operation to follow a mischievous cat. The hunt lends to lots of slapstick comedy as Patti’s sister, boyfriend and neighbors are sucked into the action by their curiosity.



THAT DARN CAT! is the kind of goofy, family friendly live action comedy that was once a staple of Walt Disney Pictures. It’s the kind of movie parents can watch with their children and both can enjoy the light humor. In this one, there’s nothing magical or mystical. It’s just a comedy crime caper with positive American, family values. Sadly, they don’t make movies like THAT DARN CAT! anymore.