The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

97 mins | Children's works | 11 December 1963

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writer:

Robert Westerby

Producer:

Walt Disney

Cinematographer:

Paul Beeson

Editor:

Gordon Stone

Production Designer:

Michael Stringer

Production Company:

Walt Disney Productions
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HISTORY

Production charts in the 12 Dec 1962 Var indicated that principal photography began 13 Aug 1962 in Inverary, Scotland. Production moved to Pinewood Studios, outside London, England, on 23 Aug 1962. The review in the 13 Dec 1963 DV noted that additional location shooting took place in Black Park, Buckinghamshire, England. According to the 16 Jun 1964 LAT, The Walt Disney Company commissioned the creation of an early twentieth-century Scottish village, comprised of thirty-two structures, included houses, stone cottages, shops, and a fish market. A thatched cottage for the “witch” character was built in a forested area.
       The 8 Dec 1963 NYT announced the 11 Dec 1963 opening at the Guild Theater in New York City. Irving Ludwig, president of Disney affiliate Buena Vista Distribution Company, said the picture needed an opening venue where it would generate “favorable reviews and word-of-mouth.” Six months later, the 20 May 1964 Var stated that a general release would begin by the end of the month. The film opened 24 Jun 1964 in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were lukewarm to positive. ... More Less

Production charts in the 12 Dec 1962 Var indicated that principal photography began 13 Aug 1962 in Inverary, Scotland. Production moved to Pinewood Studios, outside London, England, on 23 Aug 1962. The review in the 13 Dec 1963 DV noted that additional location shooting took place in Black Park, Buckinghamshire, England. According to the 16 Jun 1964 LAT, The Walt Disney Company commissioned the creation of an early twentieth-century Scottish village, comprised of thirty-two structures, included houses, stone cottages, shops, and a fish market. A thatched cottage for the “witch” character was built in a forested area.
       The 8 Dec 1963 NYT announced the 11 Dec 1963 opening at the Guild Theater in New York City. Irving Ludwig, president of Disney affiliate Buena Vista Distribution Company, said the picture needed an opening venue where it would generate “favorable reviews and word-of-mouth.” Six months later, the 20 May 1964 Var stated that a general release would begin by the end of the month. The film opened 24 Jun 1964 in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were lukewarm to positive.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
19 Dec 1963
Section C, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
16 Jun 1964
Section C, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
20 Jun 1964
Section B, p. 7.
New York Times
8 Dec 1963
p. 183.
New York Times
12 Dec 1963
p. 46.
Variety
8 Aug 1962
p. 22.
Variety
12 Dec 1962
p. 20.
Variety
11 Dec 1963
p. 9, 14.
Variety
20 May 1964
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3rd asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2nd asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Focus
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Focus, 2d unit
Focus, 2d unit
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Assembly ed
SET DECORATORS
Chief draughtsman
Set dresser
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward master
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Unit mgr
Prod secy
Casting
Constr mgr
Prod buyer
Stills
Chargehand dressing prop
Elec supv
Carpenter
Stagehand
Grip, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Chargehand elec, 2d unit
Chargehand elec, 2d unit
Chargehand prop, 2d unit
Chargehand prop, 2d unit
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God by Paul Gallico (Garden City, New York, 1957).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Thomasina," words and music by Terry Gilkyson.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 December 1963
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 December 1963
Los Angeles opening: 24 June 1964
Production Date:
began 13 August 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
12 December 1963
Copyright Number:
LP27748
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Andrew MacDhui, a widower and veterinarian, lives in turn-of-the-century Inveranoch, Scotland, with his young daughter, Mary, and her pet marmalade cat, Thomasina. The cat becomes injured in an accident, and MacDhui, diagnosing tetanus, orders the animal destroyed. After vowing never to speak to her father again, Mary and the other children of the village hold an elaborate funeral for the supposedly-dead Thomasina, but they are frightened away by the mysterious Lori MacGregor, a healer of animals whom the villagers regard as a sort of witch. Lori discovers that the animal is still alive and nurses it back to health, though the cat's injury has caused her to lose her memory. In time the townspeople become resentful of MacDhui, who, though he is a good doctor, shows a seeming lack of sympathy for their pets; and they begin bringing their ailing pets to Lori. MacDhui visits the young woman, and they strike up a close friendship when he saves the life of a badger. One evening Thomasina wanders near the MacDhui house and is seen by Mary, who, during a thundering rainstorm, rushes after her in vain. As a result, the child contracts pneumonia and lingers near death. Desperate, MacDhui enlists the aid of Lori in the hope that her special "medicine of love" will help Mary to recover. A sudden clap of thunder restores Thomasina's memory and causes her to return to the MacDhui house. The animal's reappearance restores Mary to health, and she recovers to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her father and ... +


Andrew MacDhui, a widower and veterinarian, lives in turn-of-the-century Inveranoch, Scotland, with his young daughter, Mary, and her pet marmalade cat, Thomasina. The cat becomes injured in an accident, and MacDhui, diagnosing tetanus, orders the animal destroyed. After vowing never to speak to her father again, Mary and the other children of the village hold an elaborate funeral for the supposedly-dead Thomasina, but they are frightened away by the mysterious Lori MacGregor, a healer of animals whom the villagers regard as a sort of witch. Lori discovers that the animal is still alive and nurses it back to health, though the cat's injury has caused her to lose her memory. In time the townspeople become resentful of MacDhui, who, though he is a good doctor, shows a seeming lack of sympathy for their pets; and they begin bringing their ailing pets to Lori. MacDhui visits the young woman, and they strike up a close friendship when he saves the life of a badger. One evening Thomasina wanders near the MacDhui house and is seen by Mary, who, during a thundering rainstorm, rushes after her in vain. As a result, the child contracts pneumonia and lingers near death. Desperate, MacDhui enlists the aid of Lori in the hope that her special "medicine of love" will help Mary to recover. A sudden clap of thunder restores Thomasina's memory and causes her to return to the MacDhui house. The animal's reappearance restores Mary to health, and she recovers to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her father and Lori. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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