The Three Lives of Thomasina


1h 37m 1963

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adventure
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Dec 1963
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Black Park, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom; Inverary, Scotland, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God by Paul Gallico (Garden City, New York, 1957).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.75 : 1

Synopsis

Andrew MacDhui, a widower and veterinarian, lives in turn-of-the-century Inveranoch, Scotland, with his young daughter, Mary, and her pet marmalade cat, Thomasina. The cat becomes injured in an accident, and MacDhui, diagnosing tetanus, orders the animal destroyed. After vowing never to speak to her father again, Mary and the other children of the village hold an elaborate funeral for the supposedly-dead Thomasina, but they are frightened away by the mysterious Lori MacGregor, a healer of animals whom the villagers regard as a sort of witch. Lori discovers that the animal is still alive and nurses it back to health, though the cat's injury has caused her to lose her memory. In time the townspeople become resentful of MacDhui, who, though he is a good doctor, shows a seeming lack of sympathy for their pets; and they begin bringing their ailing pets to Lori. MacDhui visits the young woman, and they strike up a close friendship when he saves the life of a badger. One evening Thomasina wanders near the MacDhui house and is seen by Mary, who, during a thundering rainstorm, rushes after her in vain. As a result, the child contracts pneumonia and lingers near death. Desperate, MacDhui enlists the aid of Lori in the hope that her special "medicine of love" will help Mary to recover. A sudden clap of thunder restores Thomasina's memory and causes her to return to the MacDhui house. The animal's reappearance restores Mary to health, and she recovers to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her father and Lori.

Crew

Basil Appleby

Unit Manager

Charles Arnold

Sound Camera op

Hugh Attwooll

Associate Producer

Bill Bannister

Grip

Jonathan Bates

Sound Editing

Paul Beeson

Director of Photography

Dingle Bell

Chargehand Props, 2d unit

Brian Bennett

Focus, 2d unit

Dennis Bertera

1st Assistant Director

Reg Blackburn

Chargehand Electrician, 2d unit

Curly Bradley

Chargehand Electrician, 2d unit

John Briggs

Wardrobe master

Jimmy Chipperfield

Animals

Terence Churcher

2d Assistant Director

Robin Clarke

Assembly Editor

Brenda Dabbs

Wardrobe mistress

Walt Disney

Producer

Walt Disney

Presented By

Vernon Dixon

Set Dresser

Norman Dorme

Chief draughtsman

Jim Fetherolf

Special Effects

Harry Frampton

Makeup

Margaret Furse

Costume Design

Terry Gilkyson

Composer

Harry Goetz

Carpenter

Alan Hall

Camera op, 2d unit

Peter Hall

Grip, 2d unit

David Harcourt

Camera Operator

Florence Hude

Hairstyles

Tony Hunt

2d Assistant Editor

Ub Iwerks

Special Effects

John Jay

Stills

Richard Jenkins

2nd Assistant Director, 2d unit

Marjorie Lavelly

Cont

Gus Lloyd

Boom Operator

Peter Manley

Production Manager

C. Manning

Stagehand

Terry Marcel

3rd Assistant Director

Gordon Mccallum

Sound Recording

Clive Midwinter

1st Assistant Director, 2d unit

Alec Mills

Focus

Barry Peters

1st Assistant Editor

Ron Quelch

Prod buyer

Michael Reed

Director of Photographer, 2d unit

Bert Rixon

Chargehand Props, 2d unit

Eric Rogers

Music Conductor

Michael Sarafian

Focus, 2d unit

Walter Sheets

Orchestration

Betty Sherriff

Hairstyles

Paul Smith

Music

Vic Smith

Electrician Supervisor

Maude Spector

Casting

C. C. Stevens

Sound Recording

Gordon Stone

2nd Unit Director

Gordon Stone

Film Editor

Michael Stringer

Art Director

Ray Sturgess

Director of Photographer, 2d unit

Harry Townsend

Chargehand dressing Props

Ted Underwood

Grip, 2d unit

A. Van Montagu

Scenic artist

Gus Walker

Constr Manager

Jean Walter

Prod Secretary

Robert Westerby

Screenwriter

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adventure
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Dec 1963
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Black Park, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom; Inverary, Scotland, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God by Paul Gallico (Garden City, New York, 1957).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.75 : 1

Quotes

They started out by calling me Thomas, but when they, um, got to know me better, they changed it to Thomasina.
- Thomasina
For a clever man, you have a lot to learn.
- Mrs. MacKenzie
Put it down. You're mad!
- Andrew McDhui
Aye, so I hear.
- Laurie McGregor

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Inveraray, Scotland, and Black Park in Buckinghamshire, England. Opened in London in May 1964.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 11, 1963

Re-released in United States on Video August 13, 1996

Released in USA on video as part of Walt Disney's Family Film Collection.

Released in United States Winter December 11, 1963

Re-released in United States on Video August 13, 1996