I can't collect records. My collections are so varied and too numerous, that adding one more "collection" would qualify me for a very special, cross-promotional episode of "Intervention meets Hoarders." It isn't that I don't buy records, of course I do. I just refuse to admit to myself that it is a collection. My motivation for buying records is limited, however, to nostalgia and an unbridled love of "Music to Strip By."
|My favorite song/theme title might be "Take This and This and This"|
As soon as I got home, I put the record on and was pleased to hear that every bit of the film score was included, even the music from the drive-in surf movie that the characters watch in a climactic scene. The one confusing part of the record was the two renditions of the theme song, neither one of which was performed by Bobby Darin, the vocal talent which graces the opening credits of the film.
"That Darn Cat!" - performed by Bobby Darin
The renditions on the record of the title song, penned by the inimitable Sherman Brothers, are sung by no musical slouches, namely Louis Prima and Bobby Troup. I couldn't find a video of either version and I couldn't be bothered to make one of my own, so here is a totally unrelated clip of Louis Prima - except for the title, "Swing Cats Jamboree."
"Swing Cats Jamboree" - Louis Prima
That Darn Cat! (1965) Movie Trailer
If you didn't gather it from the trailer, That Darn Cat! tells the tale of D.C. (Darn Cat), a Siamese cat of superior intellect, who begrudgingly plays a major role in capturing villainous, bank robbing kidnappers. I will admit, this film is much less "Fellini" than feline, feel good romp. But if you're bored on a Sunday afternoon, I promise you nothing will get you in a better mood.
|It seems like old Frank was always playing a baddy.|
Here a bank-robbing kidnapper...
|...and here as The Riddler from Batman|
Did we mention that one of our favorite comedians/character actors, Ed Wynn, has a cameo as a German jeweler? We didn't??!?! Well, shame on us.
If you're a lover of the Beach Party movies, or Gidget, or Hayley Mills, or wacky tacky, then you're sure love That Darn Cat! Please feel free to share your reviews on here if you do decide to watch it, or if like us, you've watched it over and over and over again!
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