that darn cat
the year: 1965
the genre: suspense / comedy
the cast: Hayley Mills (Patti Randall); Dorothy Provine (Ingrid Randall); Roddy McDowell (Gregory Benson); Tom Lowell (“Canoe” Henderson); Dean Jones (Zeke Kelso); Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. MacDougall); Frank Gorshin (Iggy)
the plot: Sisters Patti and Ingrid Randall hold down the home fort while their parents are in Europe, under constant snoop-ervision by their neighbor Mrs. MacDougall. Patti is courted by the romantically inert, surf-crazy Canoe Henderson and Ingrid is pestered by her mother-obsessed carpool partner Gregory Benson. Gregory hates the Randall's adopted siamese cat DC (short for Darn Cat), which prowls the neighborhood each night looking for food and tormenting the bulldog next door. But one night DC comes home with a diamond watch around its neck instead of a collar, which Patti decides is a cry for help from a kidnapped bank teller being held by rotten crooks Dan and Iggy. Against Ingrid's wishes, Patti contacts in the F.B.I. in the person of handsome Agent Zeke Kelso. He's assigned to tail DC to find the crooks, even though he's allergic to cat dander.
count: the number of surfing movies Canoe and Patti have seen within a 4 day period.
don’t miss: Mrs. MacDougall telling the police, “ You might as well wait for me. I'm going into the house to murder someone.” (I can hear my dad laughing now.)
check out: Frank Gorshin as Iggy. A year after TDC was released, he starred as The Riddler in the Batman movie and then also in the TV series.
listen for: “Meantime, by authority of the Federal Communications Commission, and the grace of kindly Providence, which gave me the power of not having to listen to people, I am now going off the air.”
did you know: this was Hayley Mills’ last movie under her contract with Disney – and Dean Jones’ first?
extra bonus points: if you can translate the Spanish title for this movie: Un Gato del FBI.