Suspenseful Saturday bannerF/X2 (1991)

F/X2 poster

Orion Pictures
Starring:
 Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Gleason
Directed by: Richard Franklin

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

Synopsis: Special effects wizard Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is called upon by the police once again to help with a case, but when things go bad he must team up with Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy) one more time to discover the truth.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Well into the film Leo visits Assistant D.A. Liz Kennedy (Joanna Gleason) to ask for her help. As he sits on her couch, a black Cornish Rex cat appears. Leo asks Liz what is wrong with her cat and when she explains the breed he says, “Are you telling me they look like this on purpose?”

F/X2 - black Cornish Rex cat running by couch

F/X2 - black Cornish Rex cat on couch

Leo picks up the cat and holds her in his lap. “Looks like a big rat,” he comments.

F/X2 - Leo Brian Dennehy holding black Cornish Rex cat

As he’s holding her, he seems to notice something but doesn’t say anything. In the end it turns out the name on the cat’s collar, Samson, is a big clue.

F/X2 - close up of black Cornish Rex cat

F/X2 - Leo Brian Dennehy holding black Cornish Rex cat

Final Mewsings: The cat was too polite to say what she thought Leo looked like.


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Treasure Hounds (2017)

Treasure Hounds poster

Trilight Entertainment
Starring:
 Cosmo, Valin Shinyei, Kenzie O’Day
Also Starring:  Grumpy
Directed by: Tim Brown

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

Synopsis: A boy named Jack (Valin Shinyei) and his mother (Jessie Fraser) move to a small town where they inheritent Jack’s grandfather’s house, dog, and a mystery promising fortune.

Featured Feline: Jack and his mom own a ginger tabby cat named Chauncey (played by cat actor Grumpy and voiced by Rebecca Shoichet). Despite the name, Chauncey is a girl and while she is featured prominently on the film’s poster she only appears occasionally in the film and takes no part in the mystery solving. Oddly enough, the animals’ mouths are animated as they speak only a few times, the rest of the time this wasn’t done. We assume budgetary restraints kept them from doing the animation throughout (and note to future filmmakers, we prefer the mouths not to move anyway).

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat in carrier

The dog they inherit is a Jack Russell terrier named Skipper (played by canine actor Cosmo and voiced by comedian Norm MacDonald). When Skipper and Chauncey meet, Chauncey is underwhelmed.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat in carrier with dog Skipper approaching

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat with dog Skipper

Skipper leads Chauncey into the basement to show her around.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat following dog Skipper

Jack and his mom hear a lot of banging in the basement and Chauncey comes back up, looking innocent, and walks into the kitchen where Jack’s mom picks her up and carries her into the other room.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat walking into kitchen

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat being picked up

Chauncey is next seen after Jack and some of the neighbor kids he befriends have gotten into trouble during their treasure hunting. Chauncey and Skipper sit on a nearby couch and listen to Jack’s mom scold them.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat sitting on couch with dog Skipper

Jack’s mom is unaware that as she is lecturing the kids she is also smearing grease on her face and so she doesn’t know why the kids keep laughing at her when she is angry. Even Chauncey breaks up laughing.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat on couch with dog Skipper

Chauncey next turns up when a couple of bumbling bad guys named Gunther (Daniel Cudmore) and Ronnie (Richard Ian Cox) try to kidnap Skipper by feeding him steak laced with tranquilizers. Skipper thinks it is a trap but Chauncey jumps right in to eat some of the steak.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat passing dog Skipper in yard to eat steak

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat eating steak in yard as dog Skipper walks away

The bad guys catch Chauncey in a net by mistake but realize this pretty quickly and she just walks away.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat in net

Chauncey is not seen again until the end when the kids and Jack’s mom are having an outdoor barbecue and she is telling them about something else Jack’s grandfather has left. Chauncey manages to totally steal the scene when she licks the tongs which Jack’s friend, Fred (Ryan James Keating) has been using to grill their food.

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat on lawn chair with Jack's mom Jessie Fraser Twyla Kenzie O'Day and Jennifer Helen Colliander

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat licking tongs on lawn chair with Jack's mom Jessie Fraser Twyla Kenzie O'Day Jennifer Helen Colliander Jack Valin Shinyei and Fred Ryan James Keating

Treasure Hounds - Chauncey ginger tabby cat licking tongs on lawn chair with Jack's mom Jessie Fraser Twyla Kenzie O'Day Jennifer Helen Colliander Jack Valin Shinyei and Fred Ryan James Keating animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats would prefer to have more screen time!


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… one third of a nation … (1939)

One Third of a Nation poster

Dudley Murphy Productions
Starring:
 Sylvia Sidney, Leif Erickson
Directed by: Dudley Murphy

Synopsis: Based on the play by Arthur Arent, the wealthy owner of numerous low-rent New York tenements is horrified when he realizes that the deplorable conditions in the buildings have been leading to fires and deaths.

Purr Blurs: At the beginning of the film a boy is caught smoking by a policeman. The discarded cigarette lies burning in the basement of a tenement. Later a cat is seen in the darkness near the area before it starts to burn.

One Third of a Nation - cat by rubbish in basement

Later in the film the building’s owner, Peter Cortlant (Leif Erickson) enters the tenement to see the conditions for himself. A pail of garbage in the hallway is knocked over and a cat runs away.

One Third of a Nation - cat running away from fallen garbage pail

Final Mewsings: Cats can’t write letters of complaint to tenement supervisors.


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Immediate Family (1989)

Immediate Family poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 James Woods, Glenn Close
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

Synopsis: Linda and Michael Spector (Glenn Close and James Woods) long for a child and decide to adopt the baby of expectant mother Lucy Moore (Mary Stuart Masterson) who is looking to find a good home for her offspring.

Kitty Cameos: Late in the film Michael is seen at work in his veterinarian’s office. He is having a bad day and yells at his assistant, who is holding a calico cat.

Immediate Family - Michael James Woods with assistant and calico cat in veterinarian's clinic

Michael takes the cat from his assistant and apologizes.

Immediate Family - Michael James Woods holding calico cat with assistant in veterinarian's clinic

Walking into the waiting room, Michael asks who belongs to the cat.

Immediate Family - Michael James Woods holding calico cat in veterinarian's waiting room

Immediate Family - Michael James Woods holding calico cat in veterinarian's waiting room

A little girl (Robyn Simons) raises her hand. Note the tortoiseshell cat sitting on a girl’s lap in the background.

Immediate Family - tortoiseshell and white cat on lap in background

Michael walks over and gently informs the girl her cat isn’t sick. “She’s going to have a baby,” he explains.

Immediate Family - Michael James Woods holding calico cat and talking to little girl in veterinarian's waiting room

Immediate Family - Michael James Woods holding calico cat and talking to little girl in veterinarian's waiting room

Final Mewsings: Cats know all about unexpected pregnancies.


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The Twilight Zone – “He’s Alive”

The Twilight Zone Season Four DVD

Original Air Date: January 24, 1963
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Curt Conway
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Synopsis: Peter Vollmer (Dennis Hopper) tries to rally interest in his neo-Nazi group but has little success until he starts heeding the advice of a mysterious stanger.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the episode, a ginger tabby cat is seen eating from a bowl of food on a fire escape on a hot day.

The Twilight Zone - He's Alive - tabby cat eating from bowl on fire escape

A hand reaches down and picks up the cat.

The Twilight Zone - He's Alive - hand reaching down to pick up tabby cat eating from bowl on fire escape

The man who picks up the cat is presumably its owner and he pets the cat while sweating from the heat. He then hears the rally taking place in the street below as the camera pans down. It’s very possible this is cat actor Orangey making yet another television appearance.

The Twilight Zone - He's Alive - man holding tabby cat on fire escape

Final Mewsings: Cats can eat anywhere.


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