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The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964)

The Three Lives of Thomasina




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This delightful children's tale by Paul Gallico finds Mary (Karen Dotrice) and her beloved cat Thomasina living with her widowed veterinarian father Andrew (Patrick McGoohan). The small town vet matter-of-factly treats the animals brought to him with care, but he remains aloof, emotionless and distant. When the cat becomes injured, Andrew examines the pet and tells Mary that Thomasina will have to be "put to sleep." The distraught daughter and her friends plan a funeral for the doomed feline. A natural healer living in the woods appears. Lori (Susan Hampshire) has a long history of success with injured animals, nursing them back to health with love and care. When Mary realizes Thomasina is not dead (although the cat does get a mini-tour of cat heaven), she takes back her animal friend. The people of the town refuse to bring their pets to the cold hearted doctor, who can't seem to share in their compassionate concern. Mary soon becomes gravely ill, and the desperate doctor sends for the beautiful Lori, who tells Andrew that Mary can only be "healed by love." When she recovers, the grateful doctor's stone-cold heart is melted by the burning passion for the lovely Lori. Producer Walt Disney was so impressed with the performance of young Karen Doltice he made immediate plans to include her in the upcoming "Mary Poppins."more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Gallico, Robert Westerby
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
Buena Vista Pictures


Patrick McGoohan
as Andrew McDhui
Susan Hampshire
as Lori MacGregor
Karen Dotrice
as Mary McDhui
Vincent Winter
as Hughie Stirling
Laurence Naismith
as Rev. Angus Peddie
Jean Anderson
as Mrs. MacKenzie
Wilfrid Brambell
as Willie Bannock
Finlay Currie
as Grandpa Stirling
Denis Gilmore
as Jamie McNab
Ewan Roberts
as Constable McQuarrie
Oliver Johnston
as Mr. Dobbie
Elspeth March
as Thomasina
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Critic Reviews for The Three Lives of Thomasina

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Cat-centric family classic touches on deep topics.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Typical '60s Disney fare; McGoohan always worth watching.

August 14, 2007

A magical drama about love, loss, and acceptance.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005

October 5, 2005

March 16, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Three Lives of Thomasina


This is a greatly underrated Disney classic. It's funny and cute, but it also has an exciting plot. Plus, McGoohan gives a great performance. I highly recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Why don't they make movies like this anymore?

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

I saw this way back in the day. it made me want to cringe. I felt horrible for that damned cat that had to wear a bonnet through the whole film. He had this look on his face that screamed "Somebody please kill me!"


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