WTF? Wednesday bannerThe Getaway (1972)

The Getaway poster

First Artists
Starring:
 Steve McQueen, Al Lettieri
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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

Synopsis: Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) is a con who receives an early parole in exchange for pulling jobs for a prominent man, only things go awry and he and his wife Carol (Ali MacGraw) end up on the run.

Kitty Cameos: One of the men McCoy is assigned to work with is named Rudy (Al Lettieri). Right after the bank job they pull, Rudy tries to kill McCoy but McCoy gets the jump on him, shooting him and leaving him for dead. Only Rudy isn’t dead. He drives himself to the home of a veterinarian named Harold Clinton (Jack Dodson) and holds him and his wife Fran (Sally Struthers) hostage while they patch him up. Rudy is lying with a black kitten on his chest while talking to Harold and Fran.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest talking to Fran Sally Struthers and Harold Jack Dodson

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest holding gun

In the background a mama black cat and possibly more kittens are seen in a cage.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest talking to Fran Sally Struthers and Harold Jack Dodson

Rudy strikes up an odd relationship with Fran, leaving Harold emasculated and on the sidelines as he makes them drive him to El Paso where he hopes to meet up with McCoy. On the drive South the kitten can be heard in the car but is not seen. At the hotel, Fran asks the hotel owner Laughlin (Dub Taylor) to carry her cat upstairs. The kitten is in a box and Laughlin asks the cat’s name. She answers, “Poor little Harold.” In the hotel room, Rudy is later seen with Poor Little Harold on his chest again.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest talking to Fran Sally Struthers in hotel room

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Sadly the kitten is kind of thrown around by Harold as they find out McCoy is now in the hotel.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri lifting black kitten Poor Little Harold with Fran Sally Struthers in hotel room

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on bed talking on phone beside Fran Sally Struthers in hotel room

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on bed in hotel room

Poor Little Harold is seen one last time on the dresser. It is never explained what becomes of him.

The Getaway - black kitten Poor Little Harold on stand in hotel room

Final Mewsings: There never was a more aptly named cat.


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Sesame Street – “Doll House”

Original Air Date: November 9, 1970
Starring: Sumiko Kimura, Alison von Brock
Directed by: Jim Henson

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Synopsis: Two little girls (Sumiko Kimura, Alison von Brock) have a tea party for their dolls in this segment about the number two.

Cat Burglars (Scene and Tea Stealers): After putting the dolls to bed, two cats decide to invade the doll house and help themselves to some tea, much to the delight of the little girls.

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cat outside doll house window

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cat paws

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cats coming into doll house through window

The lyrics for this segment are, “What’s that small pitter-pat? One two . . . two kitty cats! Two kitty cats went on a spree, then sat down and had some tea.”

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cat coming into doll house room

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cat drinking tea from tiny cup

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cat licking lips

The segment was reportedly filmed at Jim Henson’s house and starred the Henson’s own cats.

Sesame Street - Doll House - tabby cats invading doll house animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t wait for invitations to tea!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for reminding us of this adorable segment!


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Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)

Charlie Chan in Shanghai poster

Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Warner Oland, Russell Hicks
Directed by: James Tinling

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

Synopsis: Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) arrives in Shanghai where a man is murdered at a banquet, setting off another investigation by the famed detective.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): As Chan and a man named James Andrew (Russell Hicks) look for clues in a house, they hear a strange noise nearby. They pinpoint it to a cabinet behind them. Guns drawn, they demand that whoever is inside come out. Chan opens the door and a mama cat steps out, revealing four adorable kittens inside. The men laugh over the false alarm.

Charlie Chan in Shanghai - gray cat stepping out of cabinet

Charlie Chan in Shanghai - tabby kittens inside cabinet

Charlie Chan in Shanghai - Charlie Chan Warner Oland and James Andrew Russell Hicks beside kittens in cabinet

Charlie Chan in Shanghai - Charlie Chan Warner Oland and James Andrew Russell Hicks looking at kittens in cabinet

Charlie Chan in Shanghai - tabby kittens inside cabinet

Charlie Chan in Shanghai - Charlie Chan Warner Oland and James Andrew Russell Hicks finding kittens in cabinet animated gif

Final Mewsings: The mystery is how did the cats get inside a closed cabinet?

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


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The Cat (2015)

Starring: Leighlan Doe, Hannah Nicholson
Also Starring:  Billie
Directed by: Tayla Stabile

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Synopsis: A guy named Jim (Leighlan Doe) is convinced his wife Kat (Hannah Nicholson) has turned herself into a cat.

Featured Feline: After having an argument with Kat, who has lately been dabbling in occult-ish subjects, Jim watches as she storms out. Later Jim finds a Snowshoe cat (played by cat actor Billie) in their house and a book open to a page with just such a cat. Not to mention a shape shifting spell.

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie in hallway

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie on floor by book

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie lying on floor

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie lying on floor

He tries several things to restore his wife with no luck.

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie sniffing at food in bowl

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie being held up by Jim

Eventually he settles down to his new life. There is a twist at the end which we won’t spoil here, but uh oh! It shouldn’t happen to a cat!

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie held by Jim Leighlan Doe

The Cat - Snowshoe Himalayan cat Billie close

Final Mewsings: Men shouldn’t rush to judgement when cats are concerned.


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Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Nosferatu the Vampyre poster

English Title: Nosferatu the Vampyre
Gaumont
Starring:
 Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
Directed by: Werner Herzog

Synopsis: A retelling of the horror tale Dracula finds the Count (Klaus Kinski) traveling to England to pursue the neck he desires.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): During the opening credits of the film, two adorable tabby and white kittens are seen on a china cabinet shelf playing with a locket.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - tabby and white kittens on china cabinet

Nosferatu the Vampyre - tabby and white kittens on china cabinet under credits

Nosferatu the Vampyre - tabby and white kittens with locket

Nosferatu the Vampyre - tabby and white kittens with locket

The cabinet is in the home of Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) and his wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani). Harker is preparing to leave and sets his cup down near the kittens.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz by tabby and white kittens on china cabinet

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz by tabby and white kittens on china cabinet

Later Harker returns to tell Lucy about his assignment in Transylvania. Lucy is holding the two kittens in her lap when he enters.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz talks to Lucy Isabelle Adjani with tabby and white kittens on her lap

She sets one of the kittens on a table but continues to hold the other one as she receives the news.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz talks to Lucy Isabelle Adjani with tabby and white kittens

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Lucy Isabelle Adjani with tabby and white kittens

Lucy has a bad feeling and does not want her husband to go. The kitten looks like it is falling asleep in her arms, at least until the couple embrace with the kitten between them.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz with Lucy Isabelle Adjani holding tabby and white kitten

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz with Lucy Isabelle Adjani holding tabby and white kitten

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz with Lucy Isabelle Adjani holding tabby and white kitten

Nosferatu the Vampyre - Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz hugging Lucy Isabelle Adjani holding tabby and white kitten

Purr Blur:  Later when Dracula has arrived in England, Lucy is called to Mina’s house urgently. As she runs down the street, a black cat runs ahead of her.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - black cat running down street

Final Mewsings: Harker was lucky the kittens didn’t knock his cup off the cabinet!

Many thanks to Yayoi Neko for letting us know about the kittens in this film!


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