That Darn Cat (1965)

116 mins | Comedy | 2 December 1965

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HISTORY

Referring to the project as Damn Cat, 15 Jan 1963 DV announced that Walt Disney Productions had purchased screen rights to Undercover Cat, a crime fiction novel by husband and wife Mildred Gordon and Gordon Gordon, which was set to be published later that year. The feline protagonist, “Pancho,” was monikered “Damn Cat” in the book, and DV rumored that Disney would most likely change the film title to Darn Cat. Just over six months later, a 29 Jul 1964 DV news item reported that British child actress Hayley Mills was preparing to begin pre-production for That Darn Cat on 1 Sep 1964. The film marked her sixth picture for Disney.
       Principal photography began 12 Oct 1964, according to a 14 Oct 1964 Var listing, but a conflicting Var production chart two days later indicated that the filming start date had been pushed back to 19 Oct 1964. That date was confirmed in an 11 Nov 1964 Var article, which stated that shooting was currently underway at Disney soundstages in Burbank, CA. The picture had a forty-week production schedule, and was budgeted at over $1 million. The Siamese feline star, “Syn Cat,” was reportedly trained by William R. Koehler for over three months before filming began. Syn Cat was previously credited with the starring role of “Tao” in Disney’s The Incredible Journey (1963, see entry), but was not listed onscreen in That Darn Cat. A 3 Dec 1964 LAT article noted that production was nearing ... More Less

Referring to the project as Damn Cat, 15 Jan 1963 DV announced that Walt Disney Productions had purchased screen rights to Undercover Cat, a crime fiction novel by husband and wife Mildred Gordon and Gordon Gordon, which was set to be published later that year. The feline protagonist, “Pancho,” was monikered “Damn Cat” in the book, and DV rumored that Disney would most likely change the film title to Darn Cat. Just over six months later, a 29 Jul 1964 DV news item reported that British child actress Hayley Mills was preparing to begin pre-production for That Darn Cat on 1 Sep 1964. The film marked her sixth picture for Disney.
       Principal photography began 12 Oct 1964, according to a 14 Oct 1964 Var listing, but a conflicting Var production chart two days later indicated that the filming start date had been pushed back to 19 Oct 1964. That date was confirmed in an 11 Nov 1964 Var article, which stated that shooting was currently underway at Disney soundstages in Burbank, CA. The picture had a forty-week production schedule, and was budgeted at over $1 million. The Siamese feline star, “Syn Cat,” was reportedly trained by William R. Koehler for over three months before filming began. Syn Cat was previously credited with the starring role of “Tao” in Disney’s The Incredible Journey (1963, see entry), but was not listed onscreen in That Darn Cat. A 3 Dec 1964 LAT article noted that production was nearing conclusion for the human actors, but eighteen cats were scheduled to remain on set until Jun 1965, with each animal performing a separate stunt.
       Disney released a remake in 1997.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Jan 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
29 Jul 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
22 Sep 1965
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
3 Dec 1964
Section D, p. 10.
New York Times
3 Dec 1965
p. 44.
Variety
14 Oct 1964
p. 24.
Variety
16 Oct 1964
p. 8.
Variety
11 Nov 1964.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd supv
Sd mix
Music ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte artist
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Animal supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Undercover Cat by Gordon Gordon, Mildred Gordon (Garden City, New York, 1963).
SONGS
"That Darn Cat," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Damn Cat
Darn Cat
Release Date:
2 December 1965
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 2 December 1965
Los Angeles opening: 29 December 1965
Production Date:
began 19 October 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
2 August 1965
Copyright Number:
LP31384
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
116
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Two sisters, Ingrid and Patti Randall, are temporarily alone in their suburban home with "That Darn Cat," nicknamed DC. At night, DC roams free, courting a female cat and following Iggy, who carries a piece of salmon. Iggy and Dan, two bank robbers, are holding Margaret Miller hostage while hiding from the police. Iggy decides to let DC in and feed him; and while DC is in the apartment, Margaret takes off his collar and substitutes her watch scratched with the word "Help." At the Randalls, Patti spends the evening with her boyfriend, Canoe, and Ingrid accepts a dinner invitation from Gregory Benson, an accountant whom she does not like. When DC steals the dinner, Gregory threatens to shoot him. Patti finds Margaret's watch and wants to call the police, but Ingrid forbids it, so Patti calls the FBI. Supervisor Newton assigns Zeke Kelso to the case, and Kelso assigns three agents to tail DC, but the cat eludes them. Meanwhile, all the action at the Randall house is watched by Mrs. MacDougall, a snoopy neighbor. With a bugging device implanted in his collar, DC leads Zeke into a chase at a drive-in movie and through Gregory's backyard, where Gregory shoots at them. Later Gregory finds Ingrid and Zeke alone together and breaks up with Ingrid. On the third night of being tailed, DC is followed by Zeke, Patti, Canoe, and Mrs. MacDougall. Patti and Zeke rescue Margaret, and the next day DC visits his mate and their new litter of ... +


Two sisters, Ingrid and Patti Randall, are temporarily alone in their suburban home with "That Darn Cat," nicknamed DC. At night, DC roams free, courting a female cat and following Iggy, who carries a piece of salmon. Iggy and Dan, two bank robbers, are holding Margaret Miller hostage while hiding from the police. Iggy decides to let DC in and feed him; and while DC is in the apartment, Margaret takes off his collar and substitutes her watch scratched with the word "Help." At the Randalls, Patti spends the evening with her boyfriend, Canoe, and Ingrid accepts a dinner invitation from Gregory Benson, an accountant whom she does not like. When DC steals the dinner, Gregory threatens to shoot him. Patti finds Margaret's watch and wants to call the police, but Ingrid forbids it, so Patti calls the FBI. Supervisor Newton assigns Zeke Kelso to the case, and Kelso assigns three agents to tail DC, but the cat eludes them. Meanwhile, all the action at the Randall house is watched by Mrs. MacDougall, a snoopy neighbor. With a bugging device implanted in his collar, DC leads Zeke into a chase at a drive-in movie and through Gregory's backyard, where Gregory shoots at them. Later Gregory finds Ingrid and Zeke alone together and breaks up with Ingrid. On the third night of being tailed, DC is followed by Zeke, Patti, Canoe, and Mrs. MacDougall. Patti and Zeke rescue Margaret, and the next day DC visits his mate and their new litter of kittens. +

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