Sunday, July 18, 2010


We have not had a rainy day here in Westchester County for weeks--or so it seems, and I am feeling nostalgic for a stormy afternoon to curl up with my four-legged friends and watch an oldie from my cat film archives. One of my all-time childhood favorites was That Darn Cat. I was twelve years old when the original, staring Haley Mills and Roddy McDowell, was released in 1965. My family was spending the summer in Chatham, MA, and the local theater ran matinees for kids on rainy days only. What a treat: I did not miss the beach one bit!

Here's what Amazon has to say about the original, 1965 classic:

"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

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