WTF? Wedesday bannerIndomptable Angélique (1967)

Untamable Angelique poster

English Title: Untamable Angelique
Cinéphonic
Starring:
 Michèle Mercier, Roger Pigaut, Bruno Dietrich
Directed by: Bernard Borderie

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

Synopsis: The fiery Angélique de Peyrac (Michèle Mercier) continues her adventures on the high seas as she looks for her husband Jeoffrey (Robert Hossein).

Cat Cattle Call: While on board Le Marquis d’Escrainville’s (Roger Pigaut) ship he asks Angelique if she has heard of the cats of Candia. She hasn’t but she soon finds out when he and his right-hand man Coriano (Bruno Dietrich) take her to a dungeon when she refuses to cooperate about being sold in a marketplace. They push her inside the cell and lock the door. She stands, looking concerned as cat meows and growls are heard.

Untamable Angelique - numerous cats coming out of holes in ledge above dungeon cell

Untamable Angelique - numerous cats coming out of holes in ledge above dungeon cell

Angelique screams when she realizes there are countless cats who have been released behind tiny doors all around the ceiling above her. The cats jumps down and start to attack. Most are real cats but a few fake cats are used for close ups of Angelique being attacked.

Untamable Angelique - cats attacking Angelique Michèle Mercier

Untamable Angelique - cats around Angelique Michèle Mercier feet

Untamable Angelique - fake cat attacking Angelique Michèle Mercier

Kitty Carnage Warning!  We realize it is Angelique who is supposedly being attacked but the poor cats are being thrown around and abused so badly in this scene it’s hard to have much sympathy for the actress (or rather, the stunt person with the veil over their face). Eventually Coriano comes in and whips at the cats, which all run out of the cell in a frenzy.

Untamable Angelique - tabby cat attacking Angelique Michèle Mercier

Untamable Angelique - cats attacking Angelique Michèle Mercier

Untamable Angelique - Coriano Bruno Dietrach whipping cats away from Angelique Michèle Mercier

Untamable Angelique - Coriano Bruno Dietrach whipping cats away from Angelique Michèle Mercier

Final Mewsings: Ever notice how cats who are supposed to be attacking someone on screen look like they’d rather do anything but?

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

The Trip to Bountiful poster

Bountiful Film Partners
Starring:
 Geraldine Page, Richard Bradford, Kevin Cooney
Directed by: Peter Masterson

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

Synopsis: Based on the play by Horton Foote. Mrs. Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page) is an elderly woman living with her son (John Heard) and less-than-compassionate daughter-in-law, who do not understand her desire to visit her childhood home.

Kitty Cameo: Mrs. Watts is spending the night in a bus station when the Sheriff (Richard Bradford) enters. A tabby and white cat is sitting on the floor preening itself. The Sheriff stoops down to pet the cat.

The Trip to Bountiful - tabby and white cat preening

The Trip to Bountiful - tabby and white cat preening as Sheriff approaches

The Trip to Bountiful - Sheriff petting preening tabby and white cat

Picking up the cat, the Sheriff walks to the station agent’s office, looking back at Mrs. Watts sleeping on a bench.

The Trip to Bountiful - Sheriff Richard Bradford carrying tabby and white cat

Kitty Carnage Warning! The Sheriff decides the best way to wake up Roy (Kevin Cooney), the station agent, is by throwing the cat on him. Unfortunately as Roy awakens and flails about he manages to grab the poor cat by the head and toss it aside. The cat understandably does not show up again.

The Trip to Bountiful - Sheriff Richard Bradford placing tabby and white cat on sleeping Roy Kevin Cooney

The Trip to Bountiful - Sheriff Richard Bradford placing tabby and white cat on sleeping Roy Kevin Cooney scaring him animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats should only wake people up of their own volition.


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Bosom Buddies – “Only the Lonely”

Bosom Buddies Season One DVD

Original Air Date: March 12, 1981
Starring: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Holland Taylor
Directed by: Tom Trbovich

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

Synopsis: Kip (Tom Hanks) and Henry (Peter Scolari) suffer through a night at their boss Ruth’s (Holland Taylor) home then realize that perhaps her invitation meant more to her than they first realized.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): The subplot of the episode involves Sonny (Donna Dixon) finding some kittens in the alley. She brings them into the women’s residence in a box and at first Isabelle (Telma Hopkins) and Amy (Wendie Jo Sperber) are against it in but once they see the silver long-haired cuties they can’t resist.

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - box of long-haired silver kittens

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Sonny Donna Dixon, Isabelle Telma Hopkins and Amy Wendie Jo Sperber with box of long-haired silver kittens

Amy is holding one of the kittens when Kip and Henry (dressed as Buffy and Hildegard) come in after a long night of work. The girls tease them, thinking they have caught the girls in a walk of shame. Lilly (Lucille Benson) the landlady appears and Amy tries to hide the kitten she is holding in her robe. “I taut I saw a puddy tat!” Lilly exclaims. Amy explains that they are just furry donuts.

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Sonny Donna Dixon, Isabelle Telma Hopkins and Amy Wendie Jo Sperber with long-haired silver kitten in her robe

Later Amy and Sonny are playing with the two kittens who are left from the litter. One of the kittens hooks Amy’s robe and has to be coaxed to let go (Wendie Jo actually has to pretend the kitten has hooked her).

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Sonny Donna Dixon and Amy Wendie Jo Sperber with long-haired silver kittens on couch

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Amy Wendie Jo Sperber with long-haired silver kitten

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Amy Wendie Jo Sperber with long-haired silver kitten clinging to her

Kip and Henry come in after being entertained by Ruth and they laugh about the strange evening. Sonny points out that maybe Ruth is lonely and went to a lot of trouble for them. Amy agrees that Sonny may be right.

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Sonny Donna Dixon and Amy Wendie Jo Sperber with long-haired silver kittens talking to Kip Tom Hanks and Henry Peter Scolari

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Amy Wendie Jo Sperber on couch with long-haired silver kitten

Feeling bad, the boys pay a surprise visit to Ruth later bringing her beer and a pizza. She is angry at first but slowly warms up, especially when they say they’re brought her a present. Kip opens his coat to reveal one of the kittens.

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - long-haired silver kitten in coat

Ruth is thrilled with the kitten. When asked what she will name it, she does a quick (and very cute) sex check and then says she will name the kitten “Ruth.”

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor holding up long-haired silver kitten

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor checking sex of long-haired silver kitten

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor holding long-haired silver kitten

Ruth holds the kitten through much of the scene until finally she stands up and holds the kitten up. “Oh Ruth, my darling,” she cooes as she sets the kitten down on the floor, “Here’s a seven thousand dollar playground. Have a wonderful time.” The kitten Ruth is not seen again.

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor with long-haired silver kitten on lap

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor holding up long-haired silver kitten

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor setting down long-haired silver kitten

Bosom Buddies - Only the Lonely - Ruth Holland Taylor setting down long-haired silver kitten on floor

Final Mewsings: Cats love playing with expensive furnishings!


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Crazy Mixed Up Pup (1954)

Walter Lantz Productions
Starring:
 Daws Butler
Directed by: Tex Avery

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

Synopsis: Samuel Smith and his dog Rover (both voiced by Daws Butler) get hit by a car and switch personalities when a cockeyed ambulance attendant mixes up the human and dog plasma.

Cartoon Kitten: After Sam and Rover drive everyone they encounter near crazy, including Sam’s wife Margaret (voiced by Grace Stafford), Margaret opens the front door to find a small gray kitten mewing.

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - Margaret finds little gray kitten on doorstep

When Sam sees the kitten he tears after it like a dog. The kitten runs away.

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - little gray kitten scared on doorstep

Sam trees the kitten and barks and jumps at it, scaring it to death.

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - Sam jumping like dog at little gray kitten in tree

Rover the dog sees this and comes to the kitten’s rescue, not only pulling Sam away but petting the kitten and giving it a kiss.

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - Rover pulls Sam away from little gray kitten in tree

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - Rover pets little gray kitten in tree

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - Rover kisses little gray kitten in tree

The kitten, like everyone else in the short, reacts in a going-crazy kind of way with stuff bouncing out of its head.

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - shocked little gray kitten in tree

Crazy Mixed Up Pup - little gray kitten going crazy in tree

Final Mewsings: Kittens’ minds can be blown!


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Hell Cat (2011)

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New Irish Screen
Starring:
 Amy Stephenson, Shane Langan
Also Starring: Lila Leslie
Directed by: Ged Murray

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

Synopsis: Charlotte (Amy Stephenson) is thrilled when her cat Charlie’s video of him saying “I Love You” gets over four million hits, but after demanding him to say it over and over Charlie starts to say other not so nice things.

Featured Feline: Charlie is a gray cat (played by cat actor Lila Leslie) whose meow sounds like “I love you” (Charlie’s voice was actually provided by Nora Kelly Lester).

Hell Cat - gray cat Charlie sitting by food bowl

Charlotte’s boyfriend Jamie (Shane Langan) is as about fed up as Charlie is with Charlotte constantly asking him to “Say it, Charlie!” in a high pitched voice. Charlie says it to Charlotte but when she wants him to say it to Jamie he just hisses.

Hell Cat - gray cat Charlie sitting on couch with Charlotte Amy Stephenson and Jamie Shane Langan

Hell Cat - Charlotte Amy Stephenson holding up gray cat Charlie to Jamie Shane Langan

Things get even darker when Charlie starts to leave dead birds for Charlotte, trying to get his point across. Charlie’s affectionate words start to sound more like “I hate you.”

Hell Cat - gray cat Charlie looking angry

Hell Cat - Happy Charlotte Amy Stephenson holding gray cat Charlie

Hell Cat - confused Charlotte Amy Stephenson holding angry gray cat Charlie

Eventually Charlie snaps altogether and threatens to kill Charlotte.

Hell Cat - gray cat Charlie in dark on video camera

Hell Cat - gray cat Charlie in dark

Kitty Carnage Warning! Let’s just say Charlie does not fare well in this short.

Hell Cat - gray cat Charlie listening on phone

Final Mewsings: Stop trying to make your cats into internet stars!


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