Cinema: Creepy Comedy

That Darn Cat. Come December, Walt Disney can be relied upon to deliver a big, bright Christmasy gewgaw for the holiday trade. Sometimes it is a stray animal epic, sometimes a folksy romantic comedy, sometimes a wholesome teen-age adventure. This year it is all three, wrapped around the substantial screen presence of Hayley Mills, who goes gumshoeing on the trail of a criminal tomcat while her sister (Dorothy Provine) scrutinizes FBI Agent Dean Jones. Hayley nips through her role as though English accents were an absolute must among subdebs of Southern California, and Scrooge himself might unbend when she reports...

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