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Petticoat Junction Season One DVD

Original Air Date: November 19, 1963
Starring: John Wilder, Jimmy Hawkins
Directed by: Sherman Marks

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

Synopsis: Two young men named Arthur Gilroy (John Wilder) and Lowell Rightmeyer (Jimmy Hawkins) arrive at the Shady Rest with the idea of robbing the train.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): After having no luck robbing the train (the bank shipment only contained deposit slips and stationary supplies), the boys turn their attention to the safe at the Shady Rest. As they approach the safe, Betty Jo (Linda Kaye Henning) throws herself in front of it and begs them not to open it. Expecting riches, the boys open the safe only to find a tabby cat inside with her kittens.

Petticoat Junction - The Little Train Robbery - tabby cat Miranda Orangey in safe with kittens

Kate (Bea Benedict) scolds Betty Jo, reminding her that the safe is no place for Miranda. But Betty Jo insists that it’s where Miranda always likes to have her kittens.

Petticoat Junction - The Little Train Robbery - tabby cat Miranda Orangey in safe with kittens

This is undoubtedly another television appearance by prolific cat actor Orangey.

Petticoat Junction - The Little Train Robbery - tabby cat Miranda Orangey in safe with kittens animated gif

Final Mewsings: Mama cats like to keep their kittens safe.


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You Ha Ha Ha (2013)

Music Artist: Charli XCX

Synopsis: A group of dangerous beauties prepare an arsenal of lipstick bullets.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the video a white Persian cat is seen.

Charli XCX - You Ha Ha Ha - white Persian cat on table

Charli XCX picks up the cat and carries it toward the camera. The cat is not seen again.

Charli XCX - You Ha Ha Ha - white Persian cat picked up by Charli XCX

Charli XCX - You Ha Ha Ha - white Persian cat picked up by Charli XCX

Final Mewsings: Cats shouldn’t play second fiddle to lipstick and bullets.


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Tibs (2012)

Tibs poster

Polished Shoe / Telescope
Starring:
 Priscilla Gray
Also Starring:  Millie
Directed by: Sam Huntley

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

Synopsis: A cat hunts for approval from his owner, literally, but takes things a little too far.

Kitty Cameo: Tibs is a beautiful female Bengal tabby cat who is owned by an older woman (Priscilla Gray). On the first day Tibs is shown bringing her owner a dead mouse. The owner lavishes affection on the cat.

Tibs - Bengal tabby cat close looking up

On the second day Tibs brings a dead bird. The owner is taken aback but still showers the cat with love.

Tibs - Bengal tabby cat with woman Priscilla Gray

Tibs - Bengal tabby cat close looking smug

Much of the third day is left up to the imagination of the viewer. Needless to say Tibs takes her hunting seriously.

Tibs - Bengal tabby cat looking up with blood on mouth

The cat wrangler on the film was Jo Hatherton. The original plan was to use a friend’s cat in the shoot but everyone kept warning director Sam Huntley not to use a “normal” cat, so cat actor Millie was hired. Still it wasn’t easy getting the great reaction shots used in the film. As Huntley explained to Wired, “It started out with the trainer using a laser, and a clicker, then quickly descended into people making all sorts of ridiculous noises, lots of clicking of fingers, throwing bits of tuna, etc.”

Tibs - Bengal tabby cat close looking up

Final Mewsings: Even the most professional cat actors can be difficult.


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Spring (2014)

Spring poster

Rustic Films
Starring:
 Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker
Directed by: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

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

Synopsis: An American named Evan (Lou Taylor Hilker) is traveling in Italy when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Louise (Nadia Hilker) who is not all that she appears.

Kitty Carnage Warning! Louise suffers from an affliction that changes her into a vicious creature. After one of these metamorphosis, she stumbles naked into an alley where a black cat is standing. The cat turns to move away just as Louise strikes. We don’t see the actual violence to the cat but we do see the bloody aftermath in another scene.

Spring - Louise Nadia Hilker naked in alley with black cat

Spring - Louise Nadia Hilker naked in alley with black cat

Spring - Louise Nadia Hilker naked in alley with black cat

Cat Burgalar (Scene Stealer):  Evan finds work in an orchard and in one scene he comes across an adorable kitten which he picks up and holds.

Spring - kitten in orchard

Spring - Evan Lou Taylor Pucci picking up kitten in orchard

Spring - Evan Lou Taylor Pucci holding kitten in orchard

Spring - Evan Lou Taylor Pucci holding kitten in orchard

Final Mewsings: Cats prefer gentle people.


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Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Who Was That Lady poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Tony Curtis, Dean Martin
Directed by: George Sidney

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

Synopsis: A wild romp in which University Professor David Wilson (Tony Curtis) is convinced by his friend Michael Haney (Dean Martin) to pose as an FBI agent to get off the hook after his wife (Janet Leigh) catches a girl kissing him.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): After a lot of zany consequences brought about by their lies, David and Michael find themselves in the basement of the Empire State Building. Only they think they are on a Russian submarine and decide to sabotage it. They break pipes and end up flooding the basement. During all of this, a kitten is seen floating by on a board. The kitten was not shown in the basement before and there’s no explanation as to why it is even there.

Who Was That Lady? - kitten sitting on floating board in basement

Who Was That Lady? - kitten sitting on floating board in basement

Who Was That Lady? - kitten floating on board in basement animated gif

At the end of the film, the same kitten is seen, sitting safely on a pipe but now drenched.

Who Was That Lady? - wet kitten sitting on pipe in basement

Who Was That Lady? - wet kitten sitting on pipe in basement

Who Was That Lady? - wet kitten mewing on pipe in basement animated gif

Final Mewsings: Kittens show up in the strangest places in movies!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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