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Danger Man Season One DVD

Original Air Date: January 8, 1961
Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Zena Marshall
Directed by: Seth Holt

Synopsis: John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is ordered to travel abroad to bring back an English woman charged with espionage.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Drake is sitting at a table in the back of a typewriter shop. He is petting a tabby and white cat that is standing on his lap.

Danger Man - Find and Return - tabby and white cat sitting on lap at table

Danger Man - Find and Return - tabby and white cat sitting on John Drake Patrick McGoohan lap

When the woman he is waiting for (Zena Marshall) approaches, both Drake and the cat look at the door.

Danger Man - Find and Return - tabby and white cat sitting on John Drake Patrick McGoohan lap looking at door

Drake then picks up the cat and sets it down on the chair.

Danger Man - Find and Return - John Drake Patrick McGoohan setting tabby and white cat down on chair

Final Mewsings: Cats like to flirt with Danger.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this episode.


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Strike Up the Band (1940)

Strike Up the Band poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney
Directed by: Busby Berkeley

Synopsis: Jimmy Connors (Mickey Rooney) and Mary Holden (Judy Garland) decide to put on a show to raise money for a chance to play with Paul Whiteman.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): One scene begins with Mary in her garden sitting next to some kittens which are drinking from a saucer of milk.

Strike Up the Band - Mary Judy Garland on grass with kittens drinking from saucer

Mary picks up one of the kittens and warns that it’s eating so fast it’s going to get sick. She hugs the kitten as she says this.

Strike Up the Band - Mary Judy Garland picking up tuxedo kitten

Strike Up the Band - Mary Judy Garland picking up tuxedo kitten animated gif

Strike Up the Band - Mary Judy Garland holding tuxedo kitten

Jimmy comes running, leaping over hedges to reach her. As he slides to a halt in front of her, the kitten is completely spooked, burrowing its head in Mary’s chest.

Strike Up the Band - Jimmy Mickey Rooney running up to Mary Judy Garland and scaring tuxedo kitten animated gif

Strike Up the Band - Jimmy Mickey Rooney with Mary Judy Garland holding tuxedo kitten

Strike Up the Band - Jimmy Mickey Rooney with Mary Judy Garland holding tuxedo kitten

Mary and Jimmy then move away from the cats and Mary drops the kitten gently on the ground.

Strike Up the Band - Jimmy Mickey Rooney with Mary Judy Garland and tuxedo kitten

Strike Up the Band - Jimmy Mickey Rooney with Mary Judy Garland dropping tuxedo kitten to ground

Final Mewsings: Kittens are apparently scared of Mickey Rooney.


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London Can Take It! (1940)

Ministry of Information
Narrated by:
 Quentin Reynolds
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt

Synopsis: A short film about London’s resilience during the ongoing Blitz of World War II.

Reality Cat: Near the end of the film a couple of civil defense rescue workers are seen pulling a gray and white cat from the wreckage of a destroyed building. The cat appears to be unharmed.

London Can Take It! - gray and white cat being rescued from destroyed building by air raid wardens

London Can Take It! - gray and white cat being rescued from destroyed building by air raid wardens

Final Mewsings: London cats can take it!


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Straw Dogs (1971)

Straw Dogs poster

ABC Pictures
Starring:
 Dustin Hoffman, Susan George
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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

Synopsis: American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his English wife Amy (Susan George) find their time in a cottage in the English countryside disrupted by violence from the locals.

Featured Feline: Amy has a tortoiseshell cat she calls Kitty. Through much of the early part of the film she is looking for the cat, calling its name. Kitty doesn’t show up until a ways into the movie when David goes into the kitchen to deposit some dishes. Kitty is sitting on the table.

Straw Dogs - David Dustin Hoffman in kitchen with tortoiseshell cat Kitty on table

Straw Dogs - David Dustin Hoffman in kitchen with tortoiseshell cat Kitty on table

Kitty Carnage Warning!  While the violence gets worse later on, David picks up some tomatoes from a bowl and tosses them at the cat, actually hitting the animal at one point and making her bolt. He also throws grapefruit and the cat screeches but this is seen off screen and the screeches were probably dubbed in.

Straw Dogs - David Dustin Hoffman in kitchen with tortoiseshell cat Kitty on table

Straw Dogs - David Dustin Hoffman in kitchen tossing tomato at tortoiseshell cat Kitty on table

Straw Dogs - David Dustin Hoffman in kitchen hitting tortoiseshell cat Kitty on table with tomato

David goes to the bedroom and Kitty is shown entering and crawling into a basket in the wardrobe. She is seen sitting there several times as David gets ready for bed.

Straw Dogs - tortoiseshell cat Kitty entering bedroom

Straw Dogs - tortoiseshell cat Kitty approaching wardrobe

Straw Dogs - tortoiseshell cat Kitty in basket in wardrobe

Straw Dogs - tortoiseshell cat Kitty in basket in wardrobe

Straw Dogs - tortoiseshell cat Kitty in basket in wardrobe

The Real Kitty Carnage Warning!  Some time later David and Amy are preparing for bed when David opens the wardrobe door and pulls on the light chain, only to find Kitty has been strangled and left hanging from said chain. He closes the door and walks away. Upon seeing his reaction, Amy looks in the wardrobe and screams. What’s particularly unnerving about this scene is it appears a real cat was used. It’s possible the cat was drugged and appears to hang in a way that may not have been fatal, but it is still a distressing scene to view.

Straw Dogs - Amy Susan George screaming upon finding tortoiseshell cat Kitty hanging in wardrobe

Final Mewsings: Don’t throw tomatoes at a tortie!


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No Quarto da Vanda (2000)

In Vanda's Room poster

English Title: In Vanda’s Room
Contracosta Produções
Starring:
 Vanda Duarte, Lena Duarte
Directed by: Pedro Costa

Synopsis: An unblinking docudrama about a heroine addict and her family living in a poor housing district of Lisbon which is being demolished all around them.

Kitty Cameos and Purr Blurs: Most of the shots in this film are long segments filmed with a stationary camera. Several cats are seen throughout, melding into the landscape of the poverty-stricken area. Most of these are seen in a cluttered area outside, except for an extreme close up of a tabby cat sleeping.

In Vanda's Room - cat in dark walking through scene

In Vanda's Room - cat in dark poking head out

In Vanda's Room - cat in dark poking head out

In Vanda's Room - cats running through scene

In Vanda's Room - cats running through scene

In Vanda's Room - tabby cat sleeping close up

In Vanda's Room - tabby cat with eye open close up

Final Mewsings: Cats and people should not have their homes torn down around them.


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