By: Vickie J. Rubinson
You don't have to be a cat lover to enjoy Disney's "That Darn Cat."
A woman is kidnapped. While in captivity, she manages to send a message out with a wandering cat named "D.C." The cat's owner calls the FBI. The FBI tries to follow the cat. Jealous boyfriends and nosy neighbors also get into the act.
"D.C." is a wily, adventurous Siamese tomcat, who gets put under surveillance, but manages to elude everyone. Eventually a bugging device is implanted in D.C.'s collar as the cat leads them into a comical chase at a drive-in movie and several backyards.
Bosley Crowther in The New York TImes wrote: "The feline that plays the informant, as the FBI 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, "...it's an entertaining picture. Even a king might profitably look at That Darn Cat."
The film stars Hayley Mills and Dean Jones and was based on the book "Undercover Cat" by Gordon and Mildred Gordon. The title song was written by the Sherman Brothers and sung by Bobby Darin.
Each of the Seal Point Siamese cats who collectively play the role of D.C. are so-called "traditional" or "old style" Siamese, as opposed to the more dainty, long and tubular Modern Siamese show cats.
This is a clean, fun diversion that the whole family can watch. Great fun and arguably the most underrated Disney comedy ever. Good for all ages--especially for cat lovers.