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Tickled poster

A Ticklish Tale
Directed by:
 David Farrier, Dylan Reeve

Synopsis: David Farrier’s down-the-rabbit-hole documentary about how his interest in reporting about Competitive Endurance Tickling contests opens an unexpected can of worms.

Reality Cat: Early in the film when David is receiving bizarre e-mails, his cat Minnie and parrot Keith can be seen with him.

Tickled - David Farrier and cat Minnie on couch

Tickled - David Farrier with parrot Keith and cat Minnie on couch

Final Mewsings: Cats really don’t care if you’re being harassed.


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Broadway Musketeers (1938)

Broadway Musketeers poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Margaret Lindsay, Janet Chapman
Directed by: John Farrow

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

Synopsis: Three women who grew up together in an orphanage get together at least once a year to share the joys and sorrows of their lives.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One of the women is named Isabel (Margaret Lindsay) and has an affair which leads to her getting divorced from her husband (John Litel). Her ex-husband then starts dating her childhood friend Fay (Ann Sheridan). Isabel has a daughter named Judy (Janet Chapman) who is living with the former husband and Fay. Isabel has fallen on hard times with her gambler, the man she cheated with, but begs Fay to let her take Judy for just one day. She takes Judy back to her apartment and surprises her with a tiny ginger tabby kitten.

Broadway Musketeers - Isabel Margaret Lindsay holding small ginger tabby kitten

Broadway Musketeers - little girl Judy Janet Chapman holding small ginger tabby kitten

Judy pets the kitten in the strangest way.

Broadway Musketeers - little girl Judy Janet Chapman petting tabby kitten strangely animated gif

They then feed the kitten some milk from a bowl on the floor.

Broadway Musketeers - Isabel Margaret Lindsay and Judy Janet Chapman feeding small ginger tabby kitten from bowl on floor

Fay’s gambler husband (Richard Bond) comes home and wants nothing to do with the child. Isabel takes Judy and the kitten into another room.

Broadway Musketeers - Isabel Margaret Lindsay talking to Judy Janet Chapman holding small ginger tabby kitten

When Isabel leaves to make a phone call, some thugs come in demanding money from the gambler. Judy walks out of the bedroom and the kitten follows her.

Broadway Musketeers - Judy Janet Chapman walking out of room followed by small ginger tabby kitten

The gambler is killed and the thugs take Isabel and Judy with them but not the kitten. When the police show up, one officer points out that the kitten may be the only witness but can’t talk.

Broadway Musketeers - police inspector holding small ginger tabby kitten

Final Mewsings: Cats are not squealers!


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Scrubs – “My House”

Scrubs Season 6 DVD

Original Air Date: January 4, 2007
Starring: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke
Directed by: John Putch

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

Synopsis: Medical mysteries are the theme of this episode which finds Dr. Dorian (Zach Braff) trying to figure out why a young woman is experiencing heart failure.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): While pondering what to do for the woman, Dr. Dorian is talking to the resident psychologist Dr. Headrick (Dave Foley). Dr. Dorian wonders how you can treat someone who is sad. He daydreams about a male patient who is crashing. “He’s coding. Get me a box of kittens, stat!” He then pours a box of kittens over the patient.

Scrubs - My House - Dr. Dorian Zach Braff with box of kittens

Scrubs - My House - Dr. Dorian Zach Braff pours box of kittens over male patient

The patient immediately responds with happiness, getting him out of danger.

Scrubs - My House - male patient covered with kittens

Scrubs - My House - laughing male patient covered with kittens

Scrubs - My House - Dr. Dorian Zach Braff pouring box of kittens over male patient animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats can save lives!

Many thanks to The Horror Cats for letting us know about this episode!


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Felix Turns the Tide (1922)

Pat Sullivan Cartoons
Directed by:
 Otto Messmer

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

Synopsis: Felix the Cat enlists in the cat army when rats declare war against their species.

Cartoon Cat: Surprisingly Felix now appears to work for the butcher, whose shop he has tried to gain access to in previous cartoons. The butcher shares the bad news in the paper that rats have declared war on cats.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix learns the news from the butcher

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix reads newspaper headline about rats declaring war on cats

Felix turns in his apron and goes to enlist in the cat army.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix gives his apron to the butcher

He first stops at the house of his girlfriend and shares the bad news with her.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix's girlfriend reads the news

He points out how all the other cats are flocking to sign up. His girlfriend envisions Felix as a hero and agrees to marry him upon his return.

Felix Turns the Tide - cats enlisting for war

Felix Turns the Tide - cats rushing into tent to enlist

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix's girlfriends envisions him as a hero

Once on the battlefield the General (who does Felix’s think walk instead) points out to Felix the many casualties a rat in a balloon is causing with his bombs.

Felix Turns the Tide - cat casualties on battlefield

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix tells General he'll fix the rat

Felix uses a cannon to shoot himself to the balloon and quickly dispatches the rat.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix dropping rat out of balloon

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix looking in balloon

Felix makes a quick getaway in the balloon but when he returns the cat casualties have increased by large numbers.

Felix Turns the Tide - multiple cat casualties on battlefield

Remembering that his friend the butcher promised him help, Felix quickly telegraphs the man.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix sends telegraph for help to the butcher

The butcher sends an army of hot dogs through the wireless and Felix leads them in an attack on the rat headquarters, winning the day.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix leads army of hot dogs

Felix returns home a hero.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix marches home a hero

The butcher then informs Felix that his fiancee has married his rival, but when he sees what kind of life his rival has with his wife and countless kids he has a good laugh.

Felix Turns the Tide - Felix's rival is a henpecked husband

Felix Turns the Tide - kittens marching between buildings

This is one of several Felix cartoons which were redrawn in color in 1973 and released under Radio and Television Packagers, Inc. (this cartoon was renamed The Inventor for some odd reason). Amazingly Felix is an orange cat in some of these remakes.

Felix Turns the Tide - redrawn Felix the cat orange

Final Mewsings: Cats are patriotic.


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Among Those Present (1921)

Among Those Present poster

Rolin Films
Starring:
 Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Directed by: Fred Newmeyer

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

Synopsis: A young man (Harold Lloyd) is a simple coat-check boy who gets a break when he’s recruited to impersonate a British nobleman and falls for a beautiful rich girl.

Kitty Cameo: Late in the film Harold has lost his pants while fox hunting. He is then chased by a dog. To escape the dog, Harold puts a metal barrel over himself and scoots along the ground. The dog is temporarily distracted when he spots a tabby cat sitting on a nearby bench.

Among Those Present - tabby cat sitting on bench

Among Those Present - tabby cat still sitting on bench

The dog chases the cat and eventually the cat gets onto a brick wall where he hisses at the dog.

Among Those Present - tabby cat sitting on bench and dog chases animated gif

Among Those Present - tabby cat hissing on top of wall

Among Those Present - tabby cat hissing at dog from top of wall

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like to be used as comedy distractions.


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