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This article is about 1965 film. For the 1997 remake, see That Darn Cat .

That Darn Cat! (1965) is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills in a story about bank robbers, a kidnapping and a mischievous cat. The film was based on the book Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon and was directed by Robert Stevenson. The title song was written by the Sherman Brothers and sung by Bobby Darin. That Darn Cat! was the last of six films Hayley Mills made for the Disney Studios. It was shot at Walt Disney Studiosmarker in Burbank, Californiamarker. The film was remade in 1997 starring Christina Ricci and featured a cameo appearance by Dean Jones.

Plot and cast

Mills in That Darn Cat!

"That Darn Cat" or "DC" is the feline pet of suburbanite sisters Ingrid (Dorothy Provine) and Patti Randall (Hayley Mills). One night, DC follows Iggy (Frank Gorshin), a bank robber, to an apartment where he and his partner Dan (Neville Brand) are holding bank employee Margaret Miller (Grayson Hall) hostage. The robbers let the cat in and feed him. When Margaret is alone for a moment, she scratches "help" into the wristband of her watch, places it around the cat's neck, and releases him into the outdoors. At home, Patti discovers the watch and calls the FBI. Supervisor Newton (Richard Eastham) assigns Zeke Kelso (Dean Jones) to the case but DC eludes Kelso and his three agents. Eventually a bugging device is implanted in DC's collar and the cat leads Zeke into a comical chase at a drive-in movie and several backyards. Eventually, Patti and Zeke rescue Margaret and bring the robbers to justice. A subplot involves a romance between Patti's sister Ingrid and Gregory Benson (Roddy McDowall). Cast includes Elsa Lanchester and William Demarest as nosey neighbors, the MacDougalls; Ed Wynn as Mr. Hofstedder, Richard Deacon as a drive-in theater manager, Liam Sullivan as Graham, Iris Adrian as the landlady, and Tom Lowell as Patti's boyfriend Canoe.

Production notes

The exterior neighborhood scenes were filmed on The Walt Disney Studiosmarker backlot in Burbankmarker, California.

Each of the Seal Point Siamese cat who collectively play the role of DC are so-called "traditional" or "old style" Siamese, as opposed to their more dainty, long and svelte "Lilac Point" contemporaries. This breed is affectionately known as an "applehead" among fanciers of traditional Siamese cats. One of the cats used for the movie belonged to a longtime cat breeder Edith Williams, a member of the Stud Book Fanciers Association.


Bosley Crowther of the New York Times wrote, "The feline that plays the informant, as the F.B.I. puts it, is superb. Clark Gable at the peak of his performing never played a tom cat more winningly. This elegant, blue-eyed creature is a paragon of suavity and grace", and concluded, "'s an entertaining picture. Even a king might profitably look at That Darn Cat."

Awards and nominations

The film's writers, Mildred Gordon, Gordon Gordon, and Bill Walsh, were nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Written American Comedy. The film was also nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture, and a Golden Leaf nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Elsa Lanchester). Mills won the 1966 second place Golden Leaf award for Comedy Performance, Actress. The Sherman Brothers won the third place Golden Leaf award for Best Song.


  1. New York Times: That Darn Cat

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