Purr Blur Thursday bannerLeslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016)

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn poster

Repo Filmss
Directed by:
 Thomas Hamilton

Synopsis: A look at the life and career of actor Leslie Howard.

Purr Blur: In one scene Howard and his daughter Leslie Ruth are seen walking together in a home movie. Leslie is carrying a Bengal tabby cat.

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn - Leslie Howard walking alongside daughter Leslie Ruth who is carrying a kitten

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn - Leslie Howard walking alongside daughter Leslie Ruth who is carrying a kitten

The cat is being jostled as Leslie runs.

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn - Leslie Howard walking alongside daughter Leslie Ruth who is running with a kitten in her arms

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn - Leslie Howard walking alongside daughter Leslie Ruth who is running with a kitten in her arms

Final Mewsings: What is it with little girls running with kittens?

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this documentary!


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Superman (1978)

Superman poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Christopher Reeve, Jayne Tottman
Directed by: Richard Donner

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: After being sent to Earth as a boy from his dying planet, Superman (Christopher Reeve) realizes he has powers which can be used to help mankind.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In the middle of the film, Superman has realized how his powers can be used for good and he is seen stopping criminals and bringing them to justice. In the middle of this, he hears a little girl called for her white cat, Frisky, to come down from a tree.

Superman - ariel shot of little girl Jayne Tottman and white cat Frisky in tree

Superman swoops down and picks up the cat, giving the kitty to the girl.

Superman - white cat Frisky in tree

Superman - white cat Frisky meowing

Superman - white cat Frisky meowing in tree

Superman - white cat Frisky being lifted from tree

Superman - Superman handing white cat Frisky to little girl Jayne Tottman

Superman - Superman saving white cat Frisky from tree and handing him to little girl Jayne Tottman animated gif

Superman even pets Frisky and says goodbye before flying away. After this the girl is seen running inside, excitedly telling her mother what has happened. Her mother can be heard scolding the girl about telling lies and then a very distinct slap is heard!

Superman - Superman petting white cat Frisky in little girl's Jayne Tottman arms

Superman - Superman Christopher Reeve preparing to fly away from little girl Jayne Tottman and white cat Frisky

Superman - Superman Christopher Reeve waving to little girl Jayne Tottman and white cat Frisky

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t climb trees so girls can get slapped.


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Bob – “Stone in Love”

Bob DVD

Original Air Date: December 4, 1992
Starring: Bob Newhart, Cynthia Stevenson
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

Synopsis: Bob (Newhart) is confused by the on-again off-again relationship that Harlan (John Cygan) has with his psychotic girlfriend Shayla (Christine Dunford).

Featured Feline: This episode features one of the most priceless moments with Otto the cat. In the opening scene, Bob is trying to get Otto to shake his hand.

Bob - Stone in Love - Bob Newhart trying to get cat Otto to shake hands

His wife, Kaye (Carlene Watkins), points out that he’s been trying to get Otto to shake hands for five years and assures him that cats aren’t like dogs. “You can’t teach them tricks.”

Bob - Stone in Love - Bob Newhart trying to get cat Otto to shake hands

At this point their daughter Trisha (Cynthia Stevenson) enters the room and greets Otto, who automatically shakes hands with her. Trisha walks away, leaving everyone stunned.

Bob - Stone in Love - Bob Newhart watching as Trisha Cynthia Stevenson shakes hands with cat Otto

Bob - Stone in Love - Bob Newhart watching as Trisha Cynthia Stevenson shakes hands with cat Otto animated gif

Bob - Stone in Love - Bob Newhart stunned while standing next to cat Otto

Final Mewsings: Maybe Trisha is the only family member Otto could train!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Otto in this series!


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Fluffy’s Third Eye (2016)

Directed by: Victoria Vincent

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A cat Googles how to open his third eye and immediately regrets it.

Cartoon Cat: The cat in question looks up on Google how to open their third eye.

Fluffy's Third Eye - white cat in front of black background

Fluffy's Third Eye - white cat with third eye

Fluffy's Third Eye - white cat looking at third eye in mirror

Once the eye is open, the cat begins to experience disturbing visions.

Fluffy's Third Eye - white cat having weird vision through third eye

Fluffy's Third Eye - white cat looking at external self

Unfortunately what is done may not be so easily undone.

Fluffy's Third Eye - white cat with third eye pointing needle at tiny white cat

Final Mewsings: Cats should know better than to trust Google.


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Humoresque (1920)

Humoresque 1920 poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Miriam Battista, Louis Stern
Directed by: Frank Borzage

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Leon Kanter (Gaston Glass) dreams of playing the violin and is encouraged by his mother (Vera Gordon) which eventually promises to bring fame and fortune.

Kitty Carnage Warning! In the beginning of the film Leon lives in a New York ghetto with his family. A little girl named Minnie (Miriam Battista) also lives in the neighborhood. She is sickly and needs a crutch. In one scene Leon has received a new suit for his birthday and he goes down into the alley. As the other boys confront him, Minnie can be seen in the background pulling the limp body of a kitten out of an ashcan.

Humoresque - boys in alley with girl Minnie Miriam Battista in background pulling dead kitten from ash can

She gently tucks the kitten inside her cloak.

Humoresque - girl Minnie Miriam Battista putting dead kitten inside cloak

One of the boys sees this and tries to take the kitten from her. Leon is quick to her defense, pointing out that she found it and that it’s cold anyway. She suggests that she might be able to warm it back to life.

Humoresque - boys confront girl Minnie Miriam Battista with dead kitten inside cloak

Humoresque - boys confront girl Minnie Miriam Battista with dead kitten inside cloak

Later Minnie is seen picking up an empty box from the street. She places the dead kitten inside.

Humoresque - girl Minnie Miriam Battista with dead kitten inside box

Back home, Minnie plucks a flower from a plant on the windowsill where she has placed the box. She puts the flower inside with the kitten.

Humoresque - dead kitten inside box with flower

Kitty Cameo:  When Minnie’s father (Louis Stern) finds the box he is shocked and starts to throw it away. Minnie begs him not, saying, “Please, Papa, he’s so tired. He ain’t left to rest — even after he’s dead.” Her father leaves her with the box. But later he returns and sits beside her. He is holding a paper bag. Suddenly a live kitten pops out of the bag.

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Minnie is thrilled and hugs the kitten which her father has brought for her.

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Final Mewsings: Live kittens definitely make better pets.


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