BOOK REVIEW: Walt Disney Presents – That Darn Cat

Disney made many very good live-action films in the 1960’s and 70’s, all of which starred a dependable group of performers. That Darn Cat featured Hayley Mills and Dean Jones, both of which starred in multiple Disney comedies.

That Darn Cat Cover

This book, credited to the Gordons, was released by Golden Press in 1965. It is illustrated with photographs from the motion picture which are accompanied by an adaption of the script. That Darn Cat the movie was itself an adaption from a book entitled Undercover Cat released in 1963.

That Darn Cat Back Cover

The back cover of That Darn Cat the book shows the main cast, and as I’ve said, it features a real who’s-who of Disney comedy!

That Darn Cat Inside Front Sleeve     That Darn Cat Inside Back Sleeve

Inside front and back covers

That Darn Cat Cat

A close-up of D.C. who played That Darn Cat

Dean Jones has just recently passed away (January 25, 1931 – September 1, 2015) leaving a Disney legacy that fans will never forget! His movies include The Ugly Dachshund, Monkeys Go Home, Blackbeard’s Ghost, The Love Bug movies, and the Shaggy D.A. just to name a few.

That Darn Cat Inside Book

Sample of page layouts

Although not credited with the cast on the back cover, Ed Wynn was also in That Darn Cat. Originally this book sold for 89 cents in 1965, but I had to pay $3.00 to get it in 2015. It makes a great keepsake of the movie!

After reading through the book, I had an urge to re-watch the movie, but was unable to find it in my Disney movie collection. The horror! So I had to settle for re-watching The Cat From Outer Space instead. This movie was released in 1978 and just goes to show that if a movie formula works once, it can work again!

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