Suspenseful Saturday bannerThe Falcon Out West (1944)

The Falcon Out West poster

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 Tom Conway, Cliff Clark, Edward Gargan
Directed by: William Clemens

Synopsis: Tom “The Falcon” Lawrence (Tom Conway) finds himself heading west after a Texas millionaire dies from what appears to be a snake bite in a New York club.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): When The Falcon arrives in Texas he finds Inspector Donovan (Cliff Clark) and Detective Bates (Edward Gargan) have followed him there.  They go to the dead man’s ranch which they find dark and apparently empty.  As the group enters a rattling sound is heard and Bates starts to shout that there is a rattlesnake there.  Falcon lights a lamp and he and the Inspector check the noise.  As it turns out, it is only a kitten playing with a maraca.

The Falcon Out West - grey kitten playing with maraca

The Falcon Out West - grey kitten playing with maraca animated gif

Falcon picks up the kitten and hands it roughly to the Inspector, who sets it on the floor moments later.

The Falcon Out West - grey kitten handed to Inspector Donovan Cliff Clark by The Falcon Tom Conway

Final Mewsings: It’s frustrating when people leave their kittens and maracas lying around.


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Mafioso (1962)

Mafioso poster

Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Starring:
 Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell
Directed by: Alberto Lattuada

Synopsis: Antonio Badalamenti (Alberto Sordi) is an auto factory manager looking forward to two weeks holiday on his native Sicily with his family, but old ties take him in a totally unexpected direction.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Antonio gets up at 2:00 a.m. and leaves home for what he thinks will be a hunting trip with his friends.  As he walks through the deserted streets he turns a corner and sees a black cat standing in his path.  He backs away and shortly after that he learns the truth behind the expedition.

Mafioso - black cat standing in middle of street

Final Mewsings: He might have had better luck if the black cat had crossed his path!


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Telling Whoppers (1926)

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Allen ‘Farina’ Hoskins
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan

Synopsis: A bully is making life difficult for the gang so Joe and Farina are sent out to take care of him, coming back with tall tales of their successful fight.

Purr Blur: After Jackie unlocks the Gang’s clubhouse they enter.  A kitten can be seen at the bottom of the screen on the floor, walking as the kids come in then stopping to look back at them before wandering off.

Our Gang - Telling Whoppers - kitten on floor of clubhouse

Final Mewsings: Cats leave kids to their meetings.


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Before the Rain (1994)

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Starring:
 Grégoire Colin, Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija
Directed by: Milcho Manchevski

Synopsis: From Macedonia, this film includes three connected stories entitled “Words”, “Faces” and “Pictures” which illustrate how violence touches various lives.

Kitty Cameo: In a church in Macedonia, a calico cat is seen briefly as a man enters.

Before the Rain - calico cat under feet in church

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Some men are hunting a girl who is being hidden in the monastery.  One man is seen walking around the church as they look for the girl calling for the cats he hears meowing.  Eventually he spots a tuxedo cat on a nearby roof and shoots it numerous times.

Before the Rain - tuxedo cat on tiled roof

The scene is shocking and violent and looks horrifically real, but it is done with quick editing between the real cat (who can be clearly seen in one shot, albeit it appears to have been thrown or knocked over somehow in this shot, with blood in the same shot but not from the cat) and a fake cat.  There is even a “Cat Maker” listed in the final credits.

Before the Rain - fake tuxedo cat on tiled roof

Before the Rain - tuxedo cat off feet with chicken livers flying

Final Mewsings: Violence is horrible, be it against humans or animals.


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The Prisoner – “Dance of the Dead”

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Original Air Date: November 26, 1967
Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Mary Morris
Directed by: Don Chaffey

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

Synopsis: Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is invited to The Village carnival which turns into a trial for his life.

Featured Feline: Briefly seen in the previous episode, Many Happy Returns, the black cat returns, showing up several times in this episode.  The cat first appears on a balcony overlooking The Village.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on balcony

Number 6 is joined by Number 2 (Mary Morris), who asks if he will be attending the carnival.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on balcony with hands

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on balcony with Number 2 Mary Morris and Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

The cat is next waiting for Number 6 outside his cottage.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat waiting for Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat petted by Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

Number 6 takes the cat in and gives her some milk, much to the maid’s consternation.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat given milk in bowl on floor

As Number 6 tries to stay awake at night he sees the cat laying on his bed.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat lying on bed

Oddly enough, only moments after Number 6 leaves his cottage she is somehow with Number 2 in the control room.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat with Number 2 Mary Morris

She almost knocks over some phones as she rubs against them.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat almost knocking over phones with Number 2 Mary Morris

Number 2 and the cat watch as Number 6 tries to escape.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on console with Number 2 Mary Morris

The cat is then seen as people are ordered to make merry for the carnival.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat with man and umbrella passing by

Leaving the festivities, Number 6 ends up in a room where he finds a surprise in a drawer.  Number 2 enters with the cat.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat enters room with Number 2 Mary Morris to find Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

Number 2 then notes how the cat has taken to Number 6 and says she is jealous.  “Oh, she’s mine,” Number 2 explains, saying the cat works for the organization as well.  They leave the cat in the room and she is not seen again in this episode.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat alone in room

Final Mewsings: It would be appropriate if the cat’s name was Number 9.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this cat for us!


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