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In this 1978 Walt Disney movie, a spaceship is stranded on Earth and impounded by the U.S. government. Its pilot, a cat-like alien named Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7, or Jake for short, has a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow Jake to communicate with humans. Jake has eluded the authorities and needs the help of a man named Frank in order to reclaim and repair his ship to get back home.

After Frank determines that they need gold in order to fix Jake's ship. Jake uses his collar's powers to affect the outcome of various sporting events, including horse races and pool games, to win money to buy the needed gold and repair his saucer. So Frank; Frank's friend Norman Link and Frank's new girlfriend, Liz, help Jake find the gold he needs.In the end, Jake is able to repair the flying saucer and sends it back to the mother ship, deciding to stay on Earth with with Frank.

Unfortunately, Liz is kidnapped by a crook called Mr. Olympus, who wants the power of Jake's collar. Frank, Jake, and Link track down Liz and her kidnapper at an airport, and they eventually rescue her in a daring chase involving a helicopter and a ancient biplane. In the end, the military, without a spaceship to work on, learns Jake is not an enemy and helps find and capture the stranded criminal mastermind (he escaped from the helicopter, but his parachute snagged on a tree, over a cliff). Jake is adopted by Frank and granted full American citizenship.

Tropes used in The Cat from Outer Space include:
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General Stilton: *gives a command* Colonel!
Colonel: Captain!
Captain: Sergeant!
Sergeant: Yes sir!

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Frank: Wait, that's gold.

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  • Whole-Plot Reference: The Futurama episode "That Darn Katz!" is a spoof of this movie, right down to the spaceship and the mind powers. The only real change being that the cats are evil beings who want to invade the Earth.
  • You Can Talk: Frank's response when Jake first reveals his telepathy:
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Frank: You? That's you?
Jake: Well, it isn't the mouse.
Frank: But your lips aren't moving! You're not... speaking.
Jake: Thought transference. Nothing exceptional where I come from.

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