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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Disney is responsible for a number of pretty good cat movies.

That Darn Cat
The Incredible Journey
The Aristocats
The Jungle Cat

But one of my favorites was The Three Lives of Thomasina. I think I've only seen it once, or maybe twice, and it was long ago.

But that movie has a very important connection to what was probably the most "overboard" (literally) disaster genre movie of all times, The Poseidon Adventure.

What is it?
post #2 of 14
I am surprised that anyone other than I is old enough to remember this movie. Don't remember any cats on the boat.


This has me stumped. Other than knowing that Thomasina was a tabby I have no idea.
post #3 of 14
We had a cat named Tomasina when i was a kid. I bet my parents could tell me the answer to this question.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe View Post
We had a cat named Tomasina when i was a kid. I bet my parents could tell me the answer to this question.
Actually, I'd bet they can't.

This is obvious when someone points it out, but not otherwise.
post #5 of 14
Both books were written by Paul Gallico
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Correct!

Gallico was quite the writer, and and had his finger in all sorts of entertainment writing. And, apparently, he was a cat lover. My favorite of his books is "The Manxmouse." He described a clutterbumph before J.K. Rowling called them a boggart.

He also wrote "The Silent Miaou."
post #7 of 14
I loved the Snowgoose and I had read The Poseidon Adventure in the late 70s, maybe early 80s, the book was far better than the movie...I just can't take any movie seriously if it has both Borgnine and Winters in it.
Seperately I like them both, but together they just become a strange amalgam of pathetically happless and hopelessly comedic.

Great trivia question though.
post #8 of 14
I think Tomasina was one of the first "cat" movies I remember seeing. I cried too. Always wanted a red cat so I could name her Tomasina.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Correct!

Gallico was quite the writer, ...
He also wrote "The Silent Miaou."
...which is, I think, my all-time favourite cat book.
post #10 of 14
I loved the Thomasina movie sooo much when I was little, I still have it on VHS. I watched it all the time.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by CheshireCat View Post
I am surprised that anyone other than I is old enough to remember this movie.
You're not the only "old fogey" here..

I remember seeing the movie - along with the Poseidon Adventure - but I really don't recall the details b/c it was a loooong time ago. I also remember that I had a stuffed cat that I named Thomasina (this was before my dad allowed me to have a real cat).

~KK~
post #12 of 14
Paul G also wrote an incredibly moving novel called Jenny - essentially about a lost cat. I discovered it in 1976 when I had just returned to UK having been living in the US. At the time of reading my beloved dog, Tigger, was still in the US with friends while I was getting the money together to bring her over here. The book made me weep and I vowed that I would finish it the day Tigger left quarantine and came home. It was a long wait but that's exactly what I did. And it has a happy ending! Hoorah!
post #13 of 14
Did anyone see Harry and Tonto? Filmed in 1974 and starred Art Carney as Harry. I believe he won an Oscar for his performance? Harry is a retired teacher in his seventies living in NY with his cat Tonto. His wife is deceased and they are demolishing the building he lives in. So Harry and Tonto begin a journey across America, visiting his children, seeing a world he never seemed to have the time to see before. It is charming and funny but very sad at the end. I happened to catch the movie a couple of years ago on the Classic channel. It is my favorite cat movie.
post #14 of 14
Gallico also wrote The Abandoned, about a boy who turns into... what else? A cat. My mother was searching for the title many years ago and found it... she bought a copy for me to read and I still have it.

Amanda
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