Directed byDaniel Petrie
Written byJohn Peacock
Produced by
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byJohn Trumper
Music byRon Grainer
Distributed by
Release date
  • March 9, 1974 (1974-03-09) (US)
Running time
89 minutes

Mousey (released as Cat and Mouse in theaters and on UK television) is a 1974 Canadian thriller action drama film directed by Daniel Petrie, and starring Kirk Douglas, Jean Seberg and John Vernon.

Although made for television, it was released theatrically outside of the U.S. In London, it was shown as part of a double feature with Craze.


In Halifax, Novia Scotia, biology teacher George Anderson (Douglas) earns the nickname "Mousey" from his students when he is unable to dissect a frog. However, when he learns that the child that his pregnant wife (Seberg) is expecting is not his, he follows her to Montreal, where he plans to kill her and her lover.



Mousey was filmed on location in Montreal, Canada and at Pinewood Studios in England. Filming commenced in November 1973.


The film received mixed reviews. Steven H. Scheuer was negative, saying that, "It's complicated and not very interesting;" and the Los Angeles Times wrote that "Mousey seems to have been doomed from the start." Leonard Maltin, however, reviewed it positively, calling it "tightly made" and praising Douglas as "wonderfully sinister," and Amis du film called it "a good 'suspense' film," although noting a lack of originality in its plot. Monthly Film Bulletin called it "a thriller with some pretensions to psychological depth."


Mousey has since been re-shown on television and released on VHS, resulting in blogs noting the film's rising cult status.

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