That Darn Cat! (1965)

That Darn Cat 1965

Do I look like Eliot Ness? Siamese pretty boy Darn Cat aka DC returns to the suburban home he shares with sisters Patti (Hayley Mills) and Ingrid aka Inkie Randall (Dorothy Provine) with a partly-inscribed watch replacing his collar after he follows bank robbers Iggy (Frank Gorshin) and Dan (Neville Brand) to their hideout where they’re hiding their kidnap victim Margaret Miller (Grayson Hall). Patti sees the news story and thinks the watch belongs to the woman and reports the case to the FBI who detail Agent Zeke Kelso (Dean Jones) to the case.  He has a really tough job tailing DC on his nighttime excursions trying to track down the robbers … D.C.’s a cat! He can’t help his instincts. He’s a hunter, just like you are. Only he’s not stupid enough to stand out in the pouring rain all day! Long and funny slapstick cat actioner with Mills utterly charming and Jones perfectly cast as the agent charged with following the titular feline. There are good jokes about surf movies, TV weather and nosy neighbours, with Elsa Lanchester a particular irritant. Roddy McDowall is a hoot as Gregory, the woefully misguided mama’s boy who serves as a brief romantic interest for Ingrid, mainly because he can drive her to work every day. Provine has a marvellous moment looking to camera in one of their scenes. Adapted by Bill Walsh and The Gordons, from their 1963 novel Undercover Cat, this has enough satirical elements to win over a wide audience. Bobby Darin sings the title song, composed by the Sherman brothers. You might recognise one of the two versatile Seal Point Siamese cats who play DC as the co-star of The Incredible Journey. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Sir, a mouse is no more permitted in here, than a man without a car

Come September (1961)

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Ah the Sixties, when romcoms were glossy and mainly inoffensive and women wore beautiful clothes without being slut-shamed. Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin wrote a few of them for Doris Day at Universal and in the midst of that deluge and immediately before Richlin started writing the Pink Panther series, someone thought it’d be a busman’s holiday to set a movie in Italy because Liguria, Lazio and Milano are pretty great places to shoot a movie. With Rock Hudson as the home owner coming back to resume his relationship with La Lollo only to find she’s got another guy and his major domo (Walter Slezak) is making money on the side by using it as a hotel in his absence and Lo! Bobby Darin and his gang are making moves on Sandra Dee and her posse. Bobby sings Multiplication. Gosh, they really don’t make them like this any more. Lovely, light entertainment.