The Three Lives of Thomasina

The Three Lives of Thomasina

Patrick McGoohan
Director: Don Chaffey Cast: Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
, Susan Hampshire
Susan Hampshire
, Karen Dotrice
Karen Dotrice
Don Chaffey


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Based on a whimsical novel by Paul Gallico, Disney's Three Lives of Thomasina is an imaginative tale of a resourceful cat. Thomasina is the pet of Karen Dotrice, the daughter of taciturn Scottish veterinarian Patrick McGoohan. When Thomasina falls ill, McGoohan coldly diagnoses the cat as suffering from tetanus and declares that the pet must be put out of its misery. As Dotrice and her friends sadly prepare to bury the "dead" Thomasina, backwoods girl Susan Hampshire, who is said to be a witch, shows up and runs off with the kitty corpse. Using equal doses of intuition and love, Hampshire revives Thomasina, who of course wasn't dead at all. While in limbo, Thomasina ascends to Cat Heaven, where her case is heard by the Cat Goddess (this is a wonderful piece of special-effects wizardry, even if you don't like cats). Returned to life, Thomasina has no memory of her previous existence. Thus, the cat runs off in terror when Dotrice sees her again during a torrential downpour. Now it is Dotrice who becomes seriously ill, necessitating a collaboration between the cold, cut-and-dried ministrations of her father and the tender loving care of the "bewitched" Hampshire. As it turns out, Thomasina is the catalyst for both Dotrice's recovery and the film's happy ending.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2004
UPC: 0786936234084
Original Release: 1963
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 5,112

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disney's Beautiful Witch; "Disney's Purrfect Cat Stars"; Theatrical trailer; French and Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Widescreen (1.66:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick McGoohan Andrew MacDhui
Susan Hampshire Lori MacGregor
Karen Dotrice Mary MacDhui
Vincent Winter Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore Jamie McNab
Laurence Naismith Rev. Angus Peddie
Finlay Currie Hughie's grandfather
Wilfrid Brambell Willie Bannock
Jean Anderson Mrs. MacKenzie
Francis de Wolff Targu
Jack Stewart Birnie
Ewan Roberts Constable McQuarrie
Oliver Johnston Mr. Dobbie
Matthew Garber Geordie
Charles Carson Doctor
Ruth Dunning Actor
Alex Mackenzie Actor
Gwen Nelson Actor
Nora Nicholson Old Lady
Elspeth March Thomasina

Technical Credits
Don Chaffey Director
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Jim Fetherolf Special Effects
Harry Frampton Makeup
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Gilkyson Songwriter
David Harcourt Camera Operator
Ub Iwerks Special Effects
Eric Rogers Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Maude Spector Casting
Gordon Stone Editor
Michael Stringer Art Director
Robert Westerby Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [11:36]
2. The Witch Woman [7:59]
3. Trip to the Market [10:56]
4. A Proper Send-Off [10:14]
5. Anti-McDhui Society [10:33]
6. Boycott [9:04]
7. Special Treatment [9:00]
8. Spells [8:53]
9. Targu's Circus [12:00]
10. Prayers Answered/The End [6:45]

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