Purr Blur Thursday bannerCountry Strong (2010)

Country Strong poster

Screen Gems
Starring:
 Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund
Directed by: Shana Feste

Synopsis: Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a famous country singer with personal problems who is befriended by an up and coming singer named Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund) during her time in a rehab clinic.

Purr Blur: Near the end of the film when Kelly is performing in a comeback concert she sings a song with home movie footage behind her of a little girl feeding a dog and a cat.

Country Strong - Kelly Canter Gwyneth Paltrow singing on stage with home movies of cat being fed in background

Final Mewsings: Cats make great backdrop video for concerts.


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Hard to Kill (1990)

Hard to Kill poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock
Directed by: Bruce Malmuth

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

Synopsis: Detective Mason Storm (Steven Seagal) survives a brutal attack against himself and his family, waking up from a coma years later to seek revenge and get justice.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): While Storm is in the coma he is cared for by a nurse named Andy (Kelly LeBrock). It is clear Andy loves cats because she wears a cat button and carries a cat bag. She talks to Storm as she cares for him and this time she says she has a surprise. She comes back a moment later and leans in close, asking, “Would you like a little pussy, J.D.?” (She knows him only as John Doe.) She then shows that she is holding a tiny Siamese kitten.

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock asks Mason Storm Steven Seagal if he would like a little pussy while in a coma then pulls out kitten animated gif

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock holding up Siamese kitten with Mason Storm Steven Seagal in coma

Andy places the kitten on the pillow beside Storm’s head.

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock places Siamese kitten beside Mason Storm Steven Seagal's head in coma

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock places Siamese kitten beside Mason Storm Steven Seagal's head in coma

The kitten mews as Andy continues to talk to Storm.

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock with Siamese kitten beside Mason Storm Steven Seagal's head in coma

Hard to Kill - Siamese kitten beside Mason Storm Steven Seagal's head in coma

She finally removes the kitten and walks away. Storm wakes up right after this happens. It’s not clear where exactly she keeps the kitten as it is not seen again.

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock taking Siamese kitten away from Mason Storm Steven Seagal in coma

Hard to Kill - Andy Kelly LeBrock taking Siamese kitten away from Mason Storm Steven Seagal in coma

Final Mewsings: Kittens can cure you of comas.

Many thanks to Leila Smith for letting us know about the kitten in this film!


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Half Nelson (2006)

Half Nelson poster

Hunting Lane Films
Starring:
 Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps
Also Starring:  Kitty, Chino
Directed by: Ryan Fleck

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

Synopsis: Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is an unconventional history teacher in an inner-city school struggling with drug addiction when he befriends Drey (Shareeka Epps), one of the girls on the school’s basketball team.

Kitty Cameos: Dan owns a tabby cat named Dave who is seen inside Dan’s apartment. Dan is seen holding and petting Dave and feeding him. It is clear his character, though troubled, cares deeply for the cat.

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on couch with tabby cat Dave

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on mattress with tabby cat Dave nearby

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on mattress with tabby cat Dave nearby

Half Nelson - tabby cat Dave eating from bowl

Half Nelson - tabby cat Dave eating from bowl wide shot

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on couch with tabby cat Dave

Kitty Carnage Warning!  One day Dan scoops out some food into Dave’s bowl and calls him. When the cat doesn’t come, Dan looks for him and finds him dead on the floor. It’s unclear if Dave was supposed to have died from natural causes or from neglect. The deceased cat is not seen too clearly in the shot and was in reality a fake cat.

Half Nelson - dead tabby cat Dave lying on floor

A short time later Dan talks to a drug dealer named Frank (Anthony Mackie) and tells him to stay away from Drey. After talking for a while, Frank invites Dan in for a drink. Dan sees a small white and black cat and picks it up. Frank tells him not to touch the cat and then stops him before Dan can bring it inside. Dan sets the cat down and Frank kicks at it, scaring it away.

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling holding white and black cat with Frank Anthony Mackie

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling holding white and black cat

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling holding white and black cat with Frank Anthony Mackie

The part of Dave was played by cat actor Kitty. But the role of the stray was improvised during filming when Ryan Gosling happened to spot the stray cat and picked it up, incorporating it into the scene. Reportedly the cat was later adopted by the film’s wardrobe supervisor and named Chino.

Half Nelson - white and black cat running

Half Nelson - white and black cat standing

Final Mewsings: Drug dealers have no right to look down on cats.


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The Beverly Hillbillies – “The Clampetts Go Fishing”

The Beverly Hillbillies Volume 2 DVD

Original Air Date: February 26, 1964
Starring: Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan
Also Starring: Orangey
Directed by: Richard Whorf

Synopsis: Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) tries to hook the Clampetts on deep sea fishing which leads them to try their hand at the sport at Marine Land.

Cinema Cat (with bonus Cat Cattle Call): Mr. Drysdale gives the Clampetts a large trophy fish as a means to interest them in deep sea fishing, but they think they are supposed to eat it. Granny (Irene Ryan) puts it in a pot over a fire outside and tries to boil it down to no avail. Jed (Buddy Ebsen) points out that they don’t want to hurt Mr. Drysdale’s feelings by not eating his gift so Elly May (Donna Douglas) suggests maybe her cat Rusty would like it. “He’s had his eye on it since Jethro fetched it out here.” “That’s a heap of fish for one cat,” Granny sighs. “Don’t worry about that, Granny,” Jed says, “Appears like Rusty has rounded him up some friends to help.” We see Rusty sitting on a little bench with numerous cats sitting behind him. Granny sighs and wishes them loads of luck.

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Clampetts Go Fishing - Rusty cat Orangey sitting with numerous cats

Final Mewsings: Cats are generous with their friends.


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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn, Nancy Kilgas
Directed by: Stanley Donen

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

Synopsis: Adam (Howard Keel) is a mountain man who travels into town to claim a wife. But when his brothers see this they all want wives for themselves.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene the brothers sneak into town to kidnap the women they want for their wives. The youngest brother, Gideon (Russ Tamblyn) meows outside the window of Alice (Nancy Kilgas). The mother speculates that someone let their orange tabby cat Pansy outside. Alice’s suitor goes out to check and is about to hit Gideon with a shovel when another brother interferes. Realizing he has to hurry, Gideon starts meowing frantically. Reverend Elcott (Ian Wolfe) comments that Pansy sounds like she has the croup. Alice goes to check and seconds later Pansy appears, walking up to the mother and jumping in her lap. Not seeing this, Alice goes outside only to be kidnapped by Gideon.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - orange tabby cat Pansy running to woman

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - orange tabby cat Pansy in woman's lap

Final Mewsings: Cats are not complicit when people impersonate them.

Many thanks to John Cawley of Hollywood Danes for spotting this quick kitty!


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