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The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

PG | | Drama, Family | 4 June 1964 (USA)
Thomasina the cat brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance.

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Paul Gallico (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Andrew McDhui
Susan Hampshire ... Lori MacGregor
Laurence Naismith ... Reverend Angus Peddie
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. MacKenzie
Wilfrid Brambell ... Willie Bannock
Finlay Currie ... Grandpa Stirling
Alex Mackenzie ... Tammas
Vincent Winter ... Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore ... Jamie McNab
Charles Carson ... Doctor Strathsea
Ruth Dunning ... Mother Stirling
Ewan Roberts ... Constable McQuarrie
Oliver Johnston ... Mr. Dobbie
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Targu (as Francis de Wolff)
Nora Nicholson ... Old Lady
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Storyline

A young Scottish girl's cat, Thomasina, apparently dies at the hands of her widowed veterinarian father. The strained relationship between the girl and her father is eventually repaired with the return of Thomasina and the aid of a beautiful and mysterious "witch" who seems to have powers to revive and heal animals. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The oddest thing about the choice of orange tabbies to portray Thomasina (renamed from Thomas when she was discovered to be female) is that 80% of orange tabby cats are male -- just as calicos are 99.8% female. So either Paul Gallico was unaware of this when writing his original story, or the film overlooked this small biological detail. See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the circus where Lori goes to check on the abused animals, there is a man riding a horse in a ring. At first the horse is white. Later the same horse is gray spotted. See more »

Quotes

Thomasina: [first lines; voiceover] Yes, I am Thomasina. This story's all about me. I'm a self-made cat, and here's the house I live in with the McDhui family, whom I'd adopted when they first came here. They started off by calling me Thomas, but when they, well, got to know me better, they changed that to Thomasina. Humans are funny that way. That the McDhuis are a happy family is entirely due to me. I made them what they are today... Although I had to be murdered first. Here's the scene of the crime - ...
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Soundtracks

Mackintosh's Lament
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Traditional
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An All Time Great
10 February 2004 | by virginia-12See all my reviews

A movie with everything from first class acting to a storyline where fantasy meets reality.In this case the Cat...who is also a voiceover...is really the central part of the story. Patrick McGoohan plays the vet,whose daughter Mary (played by Karen Dotrice)is owned by the Cat. Its definitely a weepie but everyone lives happily ever after as Thomasina returns from an unusual resurrection performed by Susan Hampshire...supposedly a witch!!!


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Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

4 June 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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