Purr Blur Thursday bannerCircus Days (1920)

Reelcraft Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Matty Roubert
Directed by: William L. Roubert

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Synopsis: Jimmy Blake (Matty Roubert) dreams of going to the circus but his family can’t afford it so he throws one himself.

Purr Blur: In this Our Gang knock off, the kids put on their own show but it is a pretty pathetic affair, especially the non-PC Man from Borneo bit. But whereas in the Our Gang shorts the animals used for circus animals have some imagination to them, these do not. There is only a goat that is supposed to be a lion and a quick shot of a crate containing a small white cat with spots painted on, labeled as a “Brazlian-Lepord”. The gag is set up and filmed so poorly you can barely even see the small cat at all.

Circus Days - small white cat in crate labeled as Brazlian-Lepord

Circus Days - small white cat in crate labeled as Brazlian-Lepord

Final Mewsings: Cats deserve better filmography.


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Drop Zone (1994)

Drop Zone DVD

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Wesley Snipes, Michael Jeter
Directed by: John Badham

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

Synopsis: Pete Nessip (Wesley Snipes) is a suspended FBI agent on the trail of a fugitive computer hacker (Michael Jeter) sprung by a group of ruthless parachuting criminals.

Kitty Cameos: In the beginning of the film the incarcerated computer expert, Earl Leedy (Michael Jeter) is seen as he enters the exercise area. He carries a bundled up newspaper over towards a drainage culvert, calling for some kitties. A long-haired orange tabby named Buford and a short-haired gray tabby kitten named Betty rush to meet him.

Drop Zone - long-haired orange tabby Buford and grey tabby kitten Betty running from culvert

Leedy greets the cats and then calls for a third cat, a long-haired white cat named Agnes.

Drop Zone - Leedy Michael Jeter with long-haired orange tabby Buford and grey tabby kitten Betty

Drop Zone - Leedy Michael Jeter with long-haired orange tabby Buford grey tabby kitten Betty and white cat Agnes

Leedy feeds the cats some scraps and pets and talks to them, not realizing that a prison thug is coming up behind him with a shank.

Drop Zone - Leedy Michael Jeter hugging white cat Agnes with long-haired orange tabby Buford

As the man lunges at Leedy the cats scatter (well, all except for Betty, who continues eating).

Drop Zone - ariel shot of Leedy Michael Jeter being attacked with long-haired orange tabby Buford grey tabby kitten Betty and white cat Agnes

Leedy is saved by a prison guard and the FBI is brought in. Agent Nessip and his brother Terry (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) are shown Leedy who is sitting in a room holding Agnes. They are told they need to transport Leedy to a safe place so he can stand trial. Terry asks if they have to take the cats as well.

Drop Zone - Leedy Michael Jeter in window hugging white cat Agnes

Drop Zone - Nessip Wesley Snipes and Terry Malcom-Jamal Warner looking in window at Leedy Michael Jeter hugging white cat Agnes

Sure enough the cats are seen being loaded in carriers onto the plane. The flight does not go as planned, though, with bombs going on and people falling out. No word on what happened to the cats, though.

Drop Zone - long-haired orange tabby Buford grey tabby kitten Betty and white cat Agnes being loaded onto plane

Final Mewsings: The kitties should have had their own little parachutes.


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Lady with Red Hair (1940)

Lady with Red Hair poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains
Directed by: Kurt Bernhardt

Synopsis: Biopic about Leslie Carter (Miriam Hopkins), a Chicago society woman who loses her son in a messy divorce and takes to the stage to raise the money to win him back.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one quick scene, producer David Belasco (Claude Rains), is coaching Leslie and is drilling instructions into her head as she sits, hungry, at a table. He is eating a sandwich and he pours some milk into a saucer for a tabby kitten.

Lady with Red Hair - tabby kitten drinking milk being poured

Lady with Red Hair - tabby kitten drinking milk and David Belasco Claude Rains eating sandwich in front of Leslie Carter Miriam Hopkins

Leslie watches them eat as David makes her continue working through her hunger.

Lady with Red Hair - tabby kitten drinking milk in front of Leslie Carter Miriam Hopkins

Final Mewsings: Cat actors know all about motivation.


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Perry Mason – “The Case of the Silent Partner”

Perry Mason Season One Volume One DVD

Original Air Date: October 19, 1957
Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale
Directed by: Christian Nyby

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

Synopsis: Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) tries to help the frail owner of an orchid supplier (Anne Barton) who is accused of murder when her husband loses stock in the company to a seedy gambler.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In the middle of the episode Perry Mason is approaching a house. Looking in the window he sees a Siamese cat sitting on a chess board.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Silent Partner - Siamese cat sitting on chess board inside window

Entering the house Mason finds it in disarray with the owner dead on the floor. As Mason examines the body, the Siamese cat appears for a moment, sniffs at the corpse, and then runs away.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Silent Partner - Siamese cat approaching Perry Mason Raymond Burr and dead body

Perry Mason - The Case of the Silent Partner - Siamese cat sniffing corpse with Perry Mason Raymond Burr

Perry Mason - The Case of the Silent Partner - Siamese cat approaching Perry Mason Raymond Burr and dead body then leaving animated gif

During the scene Mason makes a phone call and looks down at the Siamese cat a couple of times.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Silent Partner - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats couldn’t care less about crime scenes.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about this episode!


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Pizzicato Pussycat (1955)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc
Directed by: I. Freleng

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Synopsis: A cat takes the credit for the musical prowess of a talented mouse.

Cartoon Cat: The nameless titular cat appears to be a stylized Siamese, although with orange coloring, blue eyes and a blue bow. We are introduced to the cat in the opening along with the mouse and the house they live in.

Pizzycato Pussycat - introductory drawing of cat

A husband and wife are sitting together with the cat sleeping nearby. The wife claims she has heard piano music when no one should be playing the instrument. A mouse with glasses sneaks to the piano to get some sheet music but the cat has spotted him.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat sleeping with one eye open

The cat easily catches the mouse after he loses his glasses. The cat confidently gives the glasses back and the polite mouse begs to be spared because he is a piano virtuoso.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat holding mouse with glasses

The cat laughs and retrieves the mouse’s tiny piano, as well as some very difficult sheet music, and tells him to play.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat with mouse and toy piano

The mouse startles the cat by actually playing extremely well!

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat looking shocked animated gif

The couple hear the music and come running. Not knowing what else to do, the cat places the mouse in the big piano and pretends to be playing.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat pretending to play the piano

The couple call the media and the cat becomes famous overnight.

Pizzycato Pussycat - Miracle Cat Plays Piano newspaper headline

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat signing contracts

At the cat’s first concert, he sneaks the mouse into the piano. He cues the mouse to play by tapping a piano key which hits the mouse on the head with the corresponding hammer. The cat gets overenthusiastic in his mimicry and actually falls off the piano bench.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat falling off piano bench animated gif

Impatiently the cat hits the key numerous times and ends up breaking the mouse’s glasses. Unable to see, the mouse plays badly and makes a fool of the cat and the couple.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat hitting piano key

Pizzycato Pussycat - Piano Playing Cat Exposed as Fraud newspaper headline

Later the cat is chasing the mouse around the house again and ends up banging on some drums.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat trying to hit mouse on drums

The cat realizes he can play and the mouse joins him for a jazz duet.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat playing drums

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat on drums and mouse on piano

The couple decides not to call the press again and just enjoy their musical pets instead.

Pizzycato Pussycat - cat holding cymbal

Final Mewsings: Is this how Keyboard Cat does it?


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