December 3 - That Darn Cat premiered
The fur flies when a smart Siamese cat goes undercover and Hayley Mills and Dean Jones team up for mystery, adventure, and wild comedy in Disney's "That Darn Cat". When the irrepressible and always hungry D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up with a wristwatch for a collar, it becomes a tip-off to an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. You don't know who's tailing who as nosy neighbors, jealous boyfriends, and a highly allergic FBI agent play a game of cat and mouse to crack the baffling case.
In real life, J. Edgar Hoover (FBI) personally blackballed Walt Disney from a seat on President Eisenhower's Advisory Council on the Arts for the National Cultural Center. He also initially refused Disney's request to film a Mickey Mouse Club segment on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and vociferously protested the characterization of FBI men as bumbling and officious in two Disney comedies: Moon Pilot and That Darned Cat.