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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)

Hell Cat poster

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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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

The List of Adrian Messenger poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Kirk Douglas, George C. Scott, Dana Wynter
Directed by: John Huston

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

Synopsis: Disguises abound as former intelligence officer Anthony Gethryn (George C. Scott) is embroiled in a complex who-done-it when asked by his friend Adrian Messenger to investigate a list of names, most of whom have been killed in odd ways.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): After Messenger himself is killed in a plane crash, Anthony works with the plane’s sole survivor, Raoul Le Borg (Jacques Roux) to help solve the mystery. Realizing that author Messenger may have left a clue in his latest manuscript, they head to his apartment. We then see someone sitting at Messenger’s desk as a tabby cat walks back and forth, rubbing his cheek on the man’s legs and the legs of the desk.

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma under desk

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma under desk

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma under desk

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma rubbing legs under desk animated gif

The man is finishing what he is doing with the manuscript when Messenger’s cousin, Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm (Dana Wynter) walks in. The man hides as she enters but then makes his presence known.

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma in corner as Mr. Pythian hides and Jocelyn Dana Wynter enters

The man introduces himself as Mr. Pythian and explains he lives downstairs and heard the cat meowing and thought she might be hungry. Jocelyn explains that she had come to feed the cat but Pythian says he has already given her three big saucers of warm milk.

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Mr. Pythian with Jocelyn Dana Wynter

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Mr. Pythian with Jocelyn Dana Wynter

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Mr. Pythian with Jocelyn Dana Wynter

Jocelyn sees Mr. Pythian out (he pauses to say goodbye to Puss first) just before Anthony and Raoul arrive. When she opens the door for them they are surprised to see her and ask what she is doing there. “I promised Adrian I would look after Ulma while he was away,” she explains.

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Jocelyn Dana Wynter as Mr. Pythian leaves

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Jocelyn Dana Wynter as Mr. Pythian says goodbye

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma carried to door by Jocelyn Dana Wynter

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Jocelyn Dana Wynter with Anthony George C. Scott and Raoul Jacques Roux

Jocelyn continues to hold Ulma until the end of the scene, then the cat is not seen again.

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Jocelyn Dana Wynter at door

The List of Adrian Messenger - tabby cat Ulma held by Jocelyn Dana Wynter publicity still

Final Mewsings: So who was playing Ulma?

Many thanks to Ted Davis for reminding us of the cat in this movie!


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The Man With Two Brains (1983)

The Man With Two Brains poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, George Furth
Directed by: Carl Reiner

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

Synopsis: Reknowned brain surgeon Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) falls in love with one of his patients but then falls in love with the disembodied brain of another woman.

Kitty Cameos: The film begins with Dr. Hfuhruhurr in the operating room calling out instructions to his nurses. During the procedure we hear a cat meow and the doctor famously says, “Get that cat outta here!” This is a running joke for the early part of the film. But the first cat we actually see is a black cat which belongs to an elderly rich man named Timon (George Furth) who is with the femme fatale Dolores (Kathleen Turner). She delights in raising his ire and does so by serving him one of his prize fish. A black cat can just be seen sitting on a chair to one side.

The Man With Two Brains - Timon George Furth and Dolores Kathleen Turner at dinner with black cat on chair in background

As Timon gets up and goes after Dolores in anger, the cat can still be seen but appears to be a stuffed cat. This could be because the real cat may not have wanted to sit still while the actors chased each other around the set. The stuffed cat would come in handy a moment later.

The Man With Two Brains - Timon George Furth holding up poker with fake black cat on chair in background

The cat jumps down from the chair and Dolores almost steps on it.

The Man With Two Brains - Tblack cat standing on chair

The Man With Two Brains - black cat almost stepped on by fuzzy slippers

The Man With Two Brains - black cat almost stepped on by fuzzy slippers

The Man With Two Brains - black cat moving out of way of fuzzy slippers

Kitty Carnage Warning! A moment later Dolores punt kicks the cat across the room (in actuality kicking the stuffed cat). The cat flies up on the wall and lands on a Renoir painting them slowly slides down, tearing the canvas with its claws and destroying the painting.

The Man With Two Brains - black cat hanging onto Renoir painting

The Man With Two Brains - black cat sliding down Renoir painting

After Dolores is hit by Dr. Hfuhruhurr’s car and is in surgery, a gray cat jumps up on her during the procedure. The doctor makes a noise to make it run away and then sighs, “Damn cats.”

The Man With Two Brains - grey cat on top of patient in surgery

The Man With Two Brains - grey cat on top of patient in bright light during surgery

The Man With Two Brains - grey cat still on top of patient in surgery

Final Mewsings: We wouldn’t mind staying in a hospital that was infested with cats!

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


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